life line, 2018



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Life Line was created as part of What’s Going On Upstairs, an art installation which was exhibited at The Knitting & Stitching Shows in late 2018. The piece was a replica of a hospital drip bag and hung from a drip stand. The hand stitched text was taken from a young girl’s diary. The motif was of an ‘anorexia fairy’ that tormented her life as she struggled with an eating disorder.

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The tube from the drip bag was attached to a handmade quilt to form a life line to the patient. This drip bag was filled with medicine capsules containing miniature foods including health-giving vegetables, fruits, cheese, fish and milk. The other bag was full of miniature sweets, chocolates, cakes and crisps that the patient thinks are being pumped into her…

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Label for drip bag

Label for drip bag

Measurement: 175cm x 52cm (on stand)

Process: Hand stitch

Materials: Textile, silk threads, plastic, tubing, medicine capsules, dolls house miniatures, drip stand

Exhibited in:

BEAT Eating Disorder International Conference, Imperial College London (2018)

‘What’s Going On Upstairs’, The Knitting & Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace, Gallery TG11, London (2018)

‘What’s Going On Upstairs’, The Knitting & Stitching Show, The RDS, Gallery TG6, Simmonscourt, Dublin, (2018)

‘What’s Going On Upstairs’, The Knitting & Stitching Show, Harrogate Convention Centre, Gallery TG2, Harrogate (2018)

14th International London Eating Disorders Conference, QEII Centre, Westminster (March 2019)

‘Image and Narrative: Illness, Recovery, Change’ at The University of Nottingham (April 2019)

‘Threaded’, Envision Arts Show, International Online Gallery (May 2019)

East Midlands Mental Health Service Innovators Conference 2019, First Steps, University of Derby (September 2019)