We couldn’t have picked a better day for our research trip to The Victoria Gallery in Bath to see Grayson Perry’s tapestry exhibition ‘The Vanity of Small Differences.’ Spring sunshine with blue skies for the whole day. The week before, I'd given a talk at Community House to the group of ladies that I'm going to be working with, just to familiarise everyone with his work and how it was one of the influences for the project.
Seeing Grayson Perry’s work was awe-inspiring, none of us had seen this process before. The scale, colour and detail is extraordinary. It's a modern-day morality tale that I'm sure will stand the test of time in years to come.
In the gallery, I talked about the work and explained that we wouldn’t be able to do something on such a scale using one technique like this. It was important to explain the structure of the pieces; how they were designed and what the underlying story was.
Fragmented stories are woven into the tapestries offering us clues to what happens next – I hope that this comes through in our work – for it to open up dialogue between the viewer and the work itself.
A short film about 'The Vanity of Small Differences' (3mins)