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Sowing Seed

Lynn Setterington

1992

T.1994.106

Title Sowing Seed
Object type Quilt
Place of origin Manchester, England, UK
Date 1992
Artist/maker Lynn Setterington
Material Cotton
Techniques Hand Embroidery
Dimensions h:1495 w:1255 mm
Accession Lot Setterington, Lynn (purchase, 2/1994)
Accession number T.1994.106
Description Three layers of white cotton stitched together with running/satin stitch embroidery covering the surface. Inspired by Bengali kantha techniques. A central green watering can motif is surrounded by a coiled green hose. Seven rows of border stitching in a variety of greens, black, blue, yellow and pink. Stitched seed packets, tools, wellies, keys, a radio, gardening gloves, a thermos flask and other gardening paraphernalia fill the spaces in a variety of colours. Lilac running stitches fill the remaining spaces between the objects.

Collection Exhibitions : What is Embroidery : Artist/Maker Statement : Lynn Setterington

'My work takes its inspiration in part from the rich historical and cultural traditions of textiles, from the kanthas of Bengal to one-piece quilts from the North-East of England. Despite the time taken to create my embroideries, it is the technique which I find myself returning to, as I find it impossible to recreate the texture and qualities I want in any other medium. As regards the content of my work, I am interested in the concept 'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder', and in how we perceive 'things'. To this end I draw from a variety of sources including contemporary art, old cookery and gardening illustrations, medieval illuminated manuscripts, contemporary packaging - anything, in fact, which seems appropriate at the time.'

Collection Exhibitions : What is Embroidery : Artist/Maker Statement : Lynn Setterington

'My work takes its inspiration in part from the rich historical and cultural traditions of textiles, from the kanthas of Bengal to one-piece quilts from the North-East of England. Despite the time taken to create my embroideries, it is the technique which I find myself returning to, as I find it impossible to recreate the texture and qualities I want in any other medium. As regards the content of my work, I am interested in the concept 'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder', and in how we perceive 'things'. To this end I draw from a variety of sources including contemporary art, old cookery and gardening illustrations, medieval illuminated manuscripts, contemporary packaging - anything, in fact, which seems appropriate at the time.'

Lynn Setterington

'My work takes its inspiration in part from the rich historical and cultural traditions of textiles, from the kanthas of Bengal to one-piece quilts from the North-East of England. Despite the time taken to create my embroideries, it is the technique which I find myself returning to, as I find it impossible to recreate the texture and qualities I want in any other medium. As regards the content of my work, I am interested in the concept 'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder', and in how we perceive 'things'. To this end I draw from a variety of sources including contemporary art, old cookery and gardening illustrations, medieval illuminated manuscripts, contemporary packaging - anything, in fact, which seems appropriate at the time.'