Associate Members' Projects

Stitched Time 


A project initiated and organised by Clare Smith

14 Nov - 23 Nov


Exhibition Open Fri-Sun, 12-5pm

Preview: Fri 14 November 2014, 6-9pm



Stitched Time explores the act of stitching as both personal and collective metaphor. The project evolved out of a peer-to-peer materials based, experimental workshop and is a shared-making project.

The stitched scrolls were made over several days by eight artists - all women - working together in white overalls in a former tent and tarpaulin factory in Dover. The making process suggestive of an assembly line-cum-sewing circle encompassed conversation, laughter and moments of silence, as well as the practised movements of hands at work.

Although initially, the stitching seemed inherently purposeless, even pointless, the stitched scrolls are finally objects, with their inherent demands on how they should be shown, but also multiples marking the time spent and expressing the individuality of their makers as members of a community formed around the common purpose that is the project.


The project was initiated and organised by Clare Smith and made possible thanks to the generosity and enthusiasm of fellow artists: Gwen Hedley, Rosie James, Joanna Jones, Claire Manning, Ruth Payne, Linda Simon and Bev Williams and all the contributors to the accompanying zine: Julie Brixey-Williams, Laura Cadman, Nathalie Dowse, Helen Frank, Ruth Geldard, Jill Gibson, Sue Gough, Gwen Hedley, DanieL Hughes, Rosie James, Joanna Jones, Louise Jones, Eric Lesdema, Jayne Lloyd, Bethan Lloyd Worthington, Claire Manning, Isabella Martin, Helen Mayer, Tania McCormack, Kate Murdoch, Clare Smith, Susan Tuseler, Frieda van de Poll, Bev Williams, Rachel Wooller, Catherine Wynne-Paton

On Saturday 22 November, Jayne Lloyd performed "Net" on Margate beach from 12-3pm.

Videos: Ewan Golder and Clare Smith




Clare Smith is an artist based in Dover. Her work emphasises the importance of making and time-intensive, repetitive handwork. She works mainly with paper and often uses thread and stitch or references to textiles and lace-like structures as metaphors for the fragility of the body. Her choice of materials is informed by her mixed Chinese/English cultural heritage.




An Associate Member's Project


Supported by Grants for the Arts


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