My work for this project explores the patterns and deterioration of carpets.
My work was inspired by the Axminster carpet made for Rockbeare Manor, which remained there for over 240 years until it came to Axminster Heritage Centre. I was intrigued by the signs of wear on the carpet and what this tells us about its life – fireplace soot marks, sunlight fading, areas where dogs curled up, brighter segments preserved under furniture and all the footsteps of the generations who lived with/on it.
The monoprints use cut-paper shapes printed multiple times allowing the ink to fade and overlap, with screenprinted details of coarse warp threads. The animation features monotypes to bring the patterns of the carpet to life. Petals fall from roses, vines creep, flowers grow and wilt.
Read more about the project and my blog here … Muse: Makers in Museums blog