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Big Shed Mat


Collection: Gray's School of Art Collection; Gray's School of Art Design Collection
Object Type: Fashion: Contemporary Textile
Artist/Maker: Borthwick, Lee
Date: 2006
Media/Materials: digital print on textile
Dimensions: overall: 170 cm x 91 cm
Awards: RGU Textiles and Surface Design Purchase Award

Description:

Printed textile blanket. Pastel colours. Part of the artist's 'Wee Houses' project.


Artist's statement:
"I was profoundly inspired by the country of Finland following a brief spell of living and studying there.
From the land to the architecture, collapsed cabins in the forests, endless rows of birch trees against
a piercing blue sky to the sound philosophies of the people, Finland found a way under my skin.
In commencing my final collection I chose to explore the memories that I retained of the northern landscapes.
I was transfixed with recreating a sense of place through textiles. Through exploring tactility and colour I aimed
to rebuild the experience of walk through the Finnish landscape and add the element of transience.
I wove houses based on the unique wooden buildings that dot the fields and printed chunky shed mats thus
creating pieces that had suggestions of another place at another time."
Object Number: ABDRG2006.19