Emily Jo Gibbs is delighted to be making a new body of work for Collect Open 2018.
Concerned about the position of making in the hierarchy of skills we value as a society and how this is exacerbated by the decline of making in schools, Emily is making a series of seven portraits of contemporary makers through the tools they use, to reflect how proud she is to be a member of this creative community.
This new body of work has been created to celebrate the skill, dexterity and the creative problem solving of people who make things, recognising the value of clever hands in an increasingly digital and cerebral age.
“ I’m interested to learn which tools different makers really value and to represent with stitch the different materials and the wear and repair and modification. I’m stitching all kinds of tools from Maiko Dawson’s tiny Japanese scissors to Sebastian Cox’s CNC machine: I am interested in the variety.” EJG
The starting point for this work began whilst working on a collaborative project with Bridget Bailey in 2016, exploring the idea of portraits and looking at depicting the person through their workspace and tools.