Pins and Needles (An Embarrassment of Riches)
salvaged wool, polyester, glass, plastic, shell, jade, swarovski crystal, dress making pins on nylon, poly-fibre fill
38 x 36 x 18cm
Pins and Needles (An Embarrassment of Riches) is a soft-sculpture that locates itself within the historical tension between the handmade and do-it-yourself notions of craft based practices, and the status of crafted objects as luxury goods that play into the elitism of class hierarchies.
Created from a cacophony of discarded ‘throw-away’ materials associated with decoration and adornment the work carries a weight of ornament; its form laden down with excess. The accumulation and embellishing of materials is in line with the endless consumption that underpins capitalism, and at the same time, has rendered it unusable as an object. No longer can one sit with it comfortably.
Laborious traditional and experimental textile processes speak to simultaneously represent desirability and repulsiveness. This intricate, grotesque and gaudy form glorifies and disarms decoration and ornament to ask: “What is the worth of this useless cushion?”
Photograph by Louise Meuwissen