Monday, 21 September 2015

Work in Progress: Tamsin Abbott (part 2)

Tamsin Abbott finds the thread for her Daphne story...

"The long and convoluted path I was taking eventually kept returning to my pagan heart. Ovid's 'Apollo and Daphne' could no longer be a side-line to my main project it had to become my sole inspiration. I also realised that I had taken on this project for the excitement of doing something quite different from my usual work but along the way I had persuaded myself that I would not be 'up to' a textile project and that I must use glass in my piece. However, it finally dawned on me that it was the glass element that was blocking me and that I really wanted to work with other materials even if that meant that the quality of the finished piece would be somewhat suspect against the high standards of the rest of the group.
It is ironic that this piece will now always remind me of Tess of the Durbervilles as I was listening to it on audio whilst working on it. Just as the beautiful Daphne would rather be transformed into a tree than be taken by Apollo so Tess ends up committing a desperate act to escape the clutches of the man who tries to control her. The idea of nature and transformation being a liberation from the ties that bind really stirs me up. However, sewing lime bark bast is, indeed, a bit of a ....! "

1 comment:

  1. Tamsin, I love your description and I am looking forward to seeing your Daphne very soon xx