W & J M Barton (Venue 1)

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Fetishes for Uncertain Times

In uncertain times people may resort to the artefacts of 'older magic': amulets, charms and fetish objects.  Following my recent research into pre-Abrahamic religions I have created my own objects of agency and with my Fetishes for Uncertain Times I am creating textile objects that challenge form and function in a shifting world where old certainties are no longer in place. I create random shapes from fabric pieces that are sewn together in no particular order, the shape only emerging as wadding is pushed into every corner and crevice. Amulet devices, in the form of twisted threads, shiny buttons and beads, embroidered knots and wavy lines, are then added using traditional craft skills handed down through generations of women.