A Womb with a View

A Womb With A View (AWAV) is a tactile, textile post-punk cylindrical sculpture and accompanying ambient soundscape that featured in the Shoddy exhibition.  Made by artists Gemma Nash (sound) and Jenny Byrant (textile), this multisensory piece is a creative response to growth attenuation treatment, gender identity and reproductive rights. The piece was initially sparked by … More A Womb with a View

Heritage Show + Tell

Towards the end of the exhibition’s run, I was invited to an event organised by two projects at the University of Leeds: Rethinking Textiles and Enterprise of Culture. It was timely that they found out about Shoddy. The workshop, Rethinking Textiles: Yorkshire Edition, on 21st April 2016, presented new approaches to the history of textiles and … More Heritage Show + Tell

Mitzi Cunliffe, sculptor

A brief detour from textiles for a mention of sculptor Mitzi Cunliffe (1918-2006), whose work is perhaps tangentially linked to this project. Cunliffe created a striking sculpture representing textiles. Man Made Fibres was commissioned in 1955 for a new building of the same name (now Clothworkers’ South) at the University of Leeds. The sculpture features … More Mitzi Cunliffe, sculptor


Kirsty Hall positively encouraged people to handle the stones that formed her installation at Shoddy – and visitors to the exhibition complied. They found the stones pleasing and complex, and many wondered how on earth the artist had managed to swaddle them so tightly and neatly! Here’s what she says about the installation. Tatterdemalion   … More Tatterdemalion

Beautiful but deadly

Natalia Sauvignon’s work ‘Beautiful but Deadly’ is a first piece of a series inspired by gorgeous, colourful but very often carnivorous sea creatures. The material used relates to shoddy, being leftover wool, given new meaning rather than being discarded. Likewise plastic plants, seashells from a trip to Bridlington and even the artist’s own hair made … More Beautiful but deadly

Shoddy Utility Nests

I have Carrie Scott Huby to credit for coming up with the idea of “shoddy” for this project. From that word everything else flowed! Traditional techniques and processes are at the core of Carrie Scott Huby’s practice, coupled with ecological concerns.  Nature and the natural environment are a continual inspiration which informs her collections. Scott … More Shoddy Utility Nests

Not Lost by Mow

“Not Lost” is a satirical response to the DWP’s (Department for Work & Pensions) shoddy information collecting process by artist Mow, which features in the exhibition. The piece has been made to communicate a rejection of practices within the current benefits system. It is inspired by the artist’s personal experience of collecting and sending requested … More Not Lost by Mow