Monday, 22 September 2008

Cut 'n' Paste

One of the activities we asked folk to get involved in last Thursday was to cut 'n' paste an embroidered sampler from the V&A's collection. This sampler was produced by Mary Ann Body in 1789, aged 9.

Here are the instructions:

and here are some of the fantastic results:

Please have a go and e-mail me the image(s) of your result(s) to:


Saturday, 20 September 2008

Thank you

A quick post to say a huge thank you to everyone who made it down to Brixton on thursday to support the Sampler - Culture Clash work in progress event. It was an amazing evening - everything I was hoping for. There was a great mix of people and a really nice vibe. It was great to see people getting involved in the stitching (many for the first time), chatting and being so inventive with the cut n paste and pattern creation activities.

And of course a huge thank you to everyone who made the event possible - in particular the performers on the night: Jason Singh; Yusra Warsama; the embroiderers: Jan, Janice, Liz, Jacquie, Gillian and Moyra; the B-Girls Hattie, Joanne and Azara, Tom and Naz for dj-ing and Rob, Srdjana and Reuben for the visuals and filming.

Over the next few days, weeks and months I'll post clips of the performance, images of the pattern creation, with the corresponding sound, the giant sampler and the cut n paste work.

Once again thank you all for your support, and the amazing feedback we've received so far - it means a huge amount.

For those who weren't able to make it along, we're working towards a major event next year - so keep in touch. For now we're going to reflect on the research we've done so far and see where we take it next - so much more to explore yet.

Oh and if anyone has any photos or film clips of the event they could send me that would be top.

Saturday, 6 September 2008


"September" apart from being a classic Earth Wind and Fire song, is going to be a busy month for the Sampler - Culture Clash project.

I'm taking part in the the Archive Fever II conference at Goldsmiths on Friday 12th. My presentation will focus on the art of crate diggin', and the current trend of creating on-line archives of information, on sites such as you tube, rather than collections of physical objects. This throws up the thorny problem of the passionate enthusiast's desire to put stuff out into the public realm vs the owners of the copyright asking for it to be withdrawn. As result in many cases you have temporary archives - there one minute gone the next.
More info on the conference here: Archive Fever II

The second event is the Sampler - Culture Clash work in progress event on Thursday 18th September at London Printworks in Brixton. See flyer below for more info. The idea behind the event is to present some of the stuff we've been working on over the last six months and to engage the audience in helping to develop the project. We'll present a free-improvised performance mixing up embroidery, pattern into sound, beat-boxing, performance poetry, sampling, film clips and break dancing from a selection of Brixton B-Girls. I'm very excited to say that Rob Rainbow (ex-Light Surgeons) will be providing live visuals on the evening.

During the event, you'll have the chance to create patterns, a selection of which we'll turn into sound to use as a starting point for the performance; take part in creating a huge embroidered sampler and learn some new stitches working with some of the embroiderers and create your own poetry using cut 'n' paste techniques. There will be guest dj's droppin' their favourite breaks. I've no idea how it's going to go, it's going to be messy but it'll be fun.

We'd love to see you.