Remarkable and Curious Conversations

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Lis Mann and Joan Skelton Smith
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Welcome, A Place to Be by Lis Mann

Lis Mann
Welcome, A Place to Be

Joan Skelton Smith writes: On 10th March 2010, Lis Mann and Joan Skelton Smith met at Joan's home. Lis brought her Tabernacle MA project for discussion. Joan gave Lis a tour of her studio and received Lis's input on her video project, A Walk in the Woods.

A Walk in the Woods by Joan Skelton Smith
A Walk in the Woods by Joan Skelton Smith
A Walk in the Woods by Joan Skelton Smith
A Walk in the Woods by Joan Skelton Smith

Joan Skelton Smith
A Walk in the Woods
Frames from video

Family images were printed onto silk with an inkjet printer, woven to make a cover, and the table cloth has the silk images stitched together. The tabernacle was made of aluminium poles, which were collapsed and errected at different venues in Oxford. The wooden stool was also in kit form. The overall size was roughly 6ft x 6ft.

Lis Mann writes: The whole structure of Welcome, A Place to Be was transported in stencilled canvas bags which I pulled through the streets of Oxford on a porter's trolley for three days. The piece I am stitching is a family history on silk in black thread. The idea was to engage with members of the public and share memories with them. The first image is by the Austrian Black Pine in the Botanical Gardens in Oxford and the second is the tabernacle being exhibited at OVADA, Oxford.


Lis Mann
Joan Skelton Smith

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