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Kirsty Whitlock

Applied Arts

Inspired by political cartoons and the way they amuse, inform and educate a social message. I use recycled and reclaimed materials to challenge Britain’s ’throwaway culture’, also taking inspiration from news headlines and documentaries. My work is Concept led responding to the surface qualities of printed material as well as the subject matter.

www.kirstywhitlock.com

Losses 2009

Inspired by political cartoons and the way they amuse, inform and educate a social message. I use recycled and reclaimed materials to challenge Britain’s ’throwaway culture’, also taking inspiration from news headlines and documentaries. My work is Concept led responding to the surface qualities of printed material as well as the subject matter. Machine embroidery is used to explore imagery, text and current affairs. Embroidery has the power to transform, it enables the meaning of the material to be manipulated and challenged. Using recognisable signs and symbols, Kirsty incorporates humour and the overlooked qualities of the materials to produce a collection of conceptual pieces and installations, using the medium to reflect on consumerism and current affairs. Looses 2009 is a conceptual installation inspired by the current economical climate. Using machine embroidery I have manipulated the Financial Times in order to represent a significant period of history.

Since submitting my artwork for this event 'Losses 2009' has sold and found a new home in Germany which is very exciting, However the photography its self is still a very important part to the piece I will continue to exhibit the photography alongside small scale versions of 'losses 2009'. I hope this doesnt change anything, as I am really looking forward to taking part.