Thursday, 21 May 2015

Cornelia Parker: Magna Carta (An Embroidery)

Just listened to the story of this on Woman's 

Hour - great project and embroidered with 

the help of Embroidery Guild and Fine Cell 

Work which I have only just hear about.

Fabricated by many hands, from prisoners and lawyers to artists and barons, Magna Carta (An Embroidery), 13 m long , replicates in stitch the entire Wikipedia article on the Great Charter as it appeared on the document’s 799th anniversary in 2014.
The Wikipedia article regularly attracts more than 150,000 page views each month and is constantly being amended by users of the website as the debate about Magna Carta and its legacy ebbs and flows.
‘This is a snapshot of where the debate is right now,’ says Parker. ‘Echoing the communal activity that resulted in the Bayeux Tapestry, but on this occasion placing more emphasis on the word rather than the image, I wanted to create an artwork that is a contemporary interpretation of Magna Carta.’
One of Britain’s most celebrated artists, Parker works in a variety of media and is well known for her sculpture and installation in which she transforms ordinary objects into compelling works of art. She was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1997, elected a Royal Academician in 2009 and appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2010.
“Cornelia Parker’s Magna Carta (An Embroidery) takes shared onscreen content  back into the world of physical things. It’s a unique project, and one of the least expected things to come out of Wikipedia! I commend the ethos of the work which echoes Wikipedia’s guiding principles of generosity, thoughtfulness, passion and tolerance. As someone who edits Wikipedia daily, to witness this huge replica of one page, frozen in time and made through collective endeavour, is humbling and should encourage everyone who sees it to reflect on collaboration, justice, fairness and equality.."Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia

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Fine Cell Work (FCW) is an innovative charity and social enterprise with a unique model: we train and pay prison inmates to do professional needlework in their cells. This purposeful and creative work has a powerful impact on the rehabilitation of prisoners, giving them confidence, pride, social skills and the independence to stop reoffending. As one ‘stitcher’ recently wrote to us: “Fine Cell Work has helped me turn my life around and given me hope for the future”. Working with over 500 stitchers (97% of whom are men) in 29 prisons, FCW now has an international reputation both for prisoner rehabilitation and for the beautiful products we make.
“….The more support they (FCW) get the more able they are to bring calm, structure and inspiration to people’s lives. People whose lives really have been changed by this incredible charity”    

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