Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Finding Inspiration: Ali Ferguson

An important part of A Group Gathering is the use of social media; it's the vehicle through which the artists are chosen to take part, how the project artists communicate with each other and how progress is communicated and responded to by the public. After a frustrating start with her initial ideas for the project piece fizzling out, artist Ali Ferguson decided to embrace the resource and turned to social media for inspiration assistance.

"My plan is to tell a small series of “Glove Stories”. I have spent the last few weeks showing people a small selection of white gloves and gathering their responses as they reminisce. I posted on my Facebook page asking if anyone had any special “Glove Stories” they would like to share, and boy, did I get a beauty there! Having done my gathering I have now selected a couple of stories and a couple more short recollections which I am going to present along with Daphne’s Glove in a series of small drawers. Interestingly Daphne’s story has remained hidden to me - she won’t give it up - and that for me has become her story.
The Daphne Bryant name labels have also inspired me to use red stitching and this reminded me of the old Chinese proverb about the red thread.
“An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstances. The thread may stretch or tangle but will never break.”
I now wonder about the connections between the Group Gathering artists. How Kathleen has brought together a seemingly random group from throughout the UK and how we are all currently working with and thinking about gloves and how many of us now have the red thread connection."

4 comments:

  1. Love the idea of the red thread. look forward to seeing your finished idea. Very clever to ask on facebook for stories.

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  2. love to hear stories from others about certain things, great idea

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  3. Sounds like a wonderful way to tell interlinked and visual stories, I am looking forward to how you will bring this together, exciting times

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  4. Harnessing the power of social media - exciting indeed!

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