Julian Walker

Interventionist embroidery

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Dialogue with C Petre
Altered antique sampler, 2003, Julian Walker
Commissioned by the Embroiderers' Guild in 2003 for the exhibition "Sample" touring UK and Nederlands with the biennial "Art of the Stitch"


Dialogue with Annie

"Sample"    The Embroiderers' Guild
August 2003 -May 2004
Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead
Dutch Textile Museum, Tilburg, Netherlands
 Hall Place, Bexley
The work for this touring exhibition comprised a number of nineteenth century child-made samplers which were altered by unpicking parts of the original text and images and replacing them with my own.  The texts of sentimental received truths were replaced with new texts reflecting adult  and parental fears and doubts at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

Responses to the work, alongside its potential for exploring concepts such as violation, dialogue across time, the continuous process of art as a conversation, led me to continue working in the medium. Further exhibitions of this kind of work included 'Home' at Contemporary Applied Art 2015, Subversive Design' at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery 2013, 'Art in Romney Marsh' 2012, 'Unravelling Nymans' 2012.