Wednesday, 8 May 2013


I am working on a new sketchbook and body of work around the concept of liminality.
"In anthropologyliminality (from the Latin word līmen, meaning "a threshold"[1]) is the quality of ambiguity or disorientation that occurs in the middle stage of rituals, when participants no longer hold their pre-ritual status but have not yet begun the transition to the status they will hold when the ritual is complete. During a ritual's liminal stage, participants "stand at the threshold" between their previous way of structuring their identity, time, or community, and a new way, which the ritual establishes."

The idea was formed after my visit to the British Museum and drawing the ritual African shields used in rites of passage ceremonies for the young men of a tribe. Since then all sorts of imagery and ideas are forming and I am very excited about which textile mediums I will use to develop the theme. Here is an initial acrylic canvas painted yesterday and waiting to be translated into a woven piece.

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