The music video for the new Wet Nuns single “Why You So Cold?” is the project I have been working on for over a year!
The video is a stop frame animation, capturing the process of developing an embroidered image a few stitches at a time. I use a traditional embroidery technique known as Blackwork – where black threads are worked onto white cloth to create geometric patterns to fill design areas.
PS. A note for the art school people…
I’m always delighted when a project fits so nicely with my thinking – my art practice is surprisingly theoretical for the process driven, craft based work I enjoy producing… and when you are sat hand stitching for 10 hours a day you have a lot of time to ponder – so I thought I’d share a short note on the concept behind the work.
The aim of the project for me was to document the process of making without my body and the actions it is performing being recorded, echoing the lack of self-awareness associated with being in a state of, what is described by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi as, ‘flow’, and, even more fundamentally, conveying the anonymity of the craftsman.