Level 5 2011-12
Second year was all about experimenting.
An accident at Tipton in 1922 when 19 young
girls were killed in a munitions accident inspired
Chris to try to create a piece of work in their
memory. The Gosta Green campus offered
many facilities that Chris explored. The textiles
department offered help and advice when using
sewing machines for embroidery, something
Chris used extensively to create fabric with
names and slogans. At this time Chris
experimented with burning material to evoke
a sense of destruction, identity and sadness.
Gosta Green also offers the services of a
workshop with a laser-etching facility, which
Chris used extensively.
Chris embroidered a sampler as if it was the work of 14-year-old Gladys Williams, the only
girl to survive the accident. She embroidered 19 faceless children, along with some of their names. "I
heard a fizz", was a phrase mentioned by an
eye witness to the accident.
embroidery silks on linen
45 x 22 cm