Three Things; Works in Progress – Coil Wave Pot

Sue Barnes' Coil Wave Pots

Wednesday is Works in Progress on the Three Things blog. Today we are showcasing Sue Barnes’ latest works based on the recent tidal surge. The majority of public attention on the tidal surge has rightly been on the damage it has caused to people’s lives. Sue wanted to find some positives and set about walking the beach and tideline gathering her thoughts and ideas.

Sue's tidal surge inspiration notes

Sue collected notes, made sketches and explored ideas in a sketchbook. This quick sketch was the beginning of a series of vessels Sue is making. Some of the flotsam washed ashore is considered inherently more beautiful and desirable such as sea glass and driftwood. However, some is considered to be rubbish for example plastic items. Sue has previously worked with sea worn plastic and wanted to explore the ideas further.

Coil wave pot in progress

Sue began by sewing layers of a woollen blanket fabric and found plastics together. This particular pot also contains a layer of blue-grey linen. She used her hand cranked machine to sew the ‘coils’ for her pots. The resulting ‘coils’ are then hand stitched together to make these tactile vessels.

Coil Wave Pot by Sue Barnes

This finished vessel echoes the tideline the plastic was recovered from and is beautifully different from every angle. It also has creamy white frayed muslin sandwiched inside its coils which contrast with the green algae-like material adhering to the reclaimed plastic.

If you have been inspired by what you see here you can join Sue on one of her Explore Design Stitch creative courses at Shore Cottage Studio.



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