Some inspiration for 'Maindee Stories' - Grayson Perry's 'The Vanity of Small Differences'

Today I talked about ‘Maindee Stories – The Fabric Of Our Lives', to one local group of women that I'm working with. The women are from diverse ethnic backgrounds - Algeria, Bangladesh, Somali, Mauritius and Pakistan with a love of textile arts and crafts.

by Marion Cheung 


Today I talked about ‘Maindee Stories – The Fabric Of Our Lives', to one local group of women that I'm working with. The women are from diverse ethnic backgrounds - Algeria, Bangladesh, Somali, Mauritius and Pakistan with a love of textile arts and crafts. Other local groups will be able to get involved if they want to, but it can't get too big as it will become difficult to manage!

Many artists have inspired my research for the project. Grayson Perry was one amongst many.  I saw his Channel 4 Documentary: ‘All in the Best Possible Taste’ a couple of years ago and was intrigued. I don't know how the influences will come through in the work - it'll be interesting to see how it all unfolds.

Grayson Perry tapestry

The Adoration of The Cage Fighters' Source: The Art Fund/Grayson Perry, 2016
 
At the gallery in Bath
The scale and impact of the work was inspiring 

Detail of Grayson Perry Tapestry
Perry describes his TV series as a ‘safari of taste and style,’ and asks:
Do the things we own define us, and to what extent?
What do the things that we have in our homes say about us?
Notions of class and style – are they linked, where do they come from?
Does ‘social mobility’ still exist these days?



The research from ‘All in the best possible taste’ culminated in the production of a series of large scale, digitally produced tapestries which are based on historic, religious paintings and Hogarth's 'A Rake's Progress' - which, like Hogarth's work, tells the story of a character called 'Tim' (instead of Tom) who inherits a fortune from his miserly father – but then follows a path to vice and destruction. 


An inspirational trip to see the exhibition with the group is definitely on the cards.

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/in-the-best-possible-taste-grayson-perry

http://www.victoriagal.org.uk/visit Grayson Perry's exhibition 'The Vanity of Small Differences' is on tour and is at The Victoria Gallery, Bath until 10th April.
 
Hogarth's 'A Rake's Progress 
This collection of paintings can be found at one of my favourite museums, The John Soane Museum, London.

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