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FINDS: Tricia North

www.reform-art.com

I originally come from Doncaster but now live in Essex. I trained in textiles and use some of that knowledge in my work but generally without using the cloth. Ironically, I’ve just been accepted into an exhibiting Stitch group called EAST that have a brilliant mentor system and it’s great to have that channel of feedback. I’m now lucky enough to have my own studio and I exhibit for most of the year in the Leigh on Sea Art trail which is a great day out by the sea in June.

The focus of my work is generally linked with reusing old objects; I get my slate from skips and love going around car boots sales to pick up all manner of interesting stuff. It is something I have to keep a close eye on as I could easily become one of those mad old ladies surrounded

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by so much stuff that she can’t open the door to her house as it is so full. This fascination with found objects links in with the idea of objects containing stories and how histories can be remembered. I’ve been working on a project called Gloria Blue - where we have pop up vintage clothes shop and have tea and cakes inside and invite people to bring in their grandmothers to tell us stories of what they used to wear and how clothes were mended. This is such good fun and I think the documenting of the trivial is so important for the future.

I also recycle, as I have an allotment which is like another little world; it’s great I’ve inherited a shed that’s pieced together from old wood and metal so I’m in heaven there. We consume so much within today’s

society that the idea of mending and reusing is becoming forgotten. I really like the idea of changing the purpose of something to create an object that tells a whole different story. So much of what we consider old and throw away has so much more value because we tend to forget that it was probably made with a lot more care than the mass produced items of today. In some cases it’s just a case of thinking how something can be used differently. Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90  |  Page 91  |  Page 92  |  Page 93  |  Page 94  |  Page 95  |  Page 96  |  Page 97  |  Page 98  |  Page 99  |  Page 100  |  Page 101  |  Page 102  |  Page 103  |  Page 104  |  Page 105  |  Page 106  |  Page 107  |  Page 108  |  Page 109  |  Page 110  |  Page 111  |  Page 112  |  Page 113  |  Page 114  |  Page 115  |  Page 116  |  Page 117  |  Page 118  |  Page 119  |  Page 120  |  Page 121  |  Page 122  |  Page 123  |  Page 124  |  Page 125  |  Page 126
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