"Cycle of Time" Gold embroidered leather wall hanging by Anita Carnell

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Anita Carnell is a London-based artist who realises conceptual art through her expertise with textiles and needlework. She is a graduate of the Royal School of Needlework, has an MA from the Camberwell School of Arts and is a member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen.

Her new collection of hand-stitched leather wall art engages material that is part of the fabric of British heritage, in particular the use of the same golden wire used for formal dress by Royalty, the Military, Livery Companies and Guilds for over three centuries.

She presents in contemporary form traditional embroidery techniques such as back stitching and couching to explore the concept of ‘Ma’ (a Japanese word, meaning negative space) through leather panels hand-stitched in gold.

Carnell’s use of leather is inspired by ninth century Cordovan and Spanish moulded and decorated leather wall hangings which were used to adorn the palaces of Europe. She works with the natural shape of the hide, and threads her inspiration with her expertise, hand-stitching forms in gold thread, exploring the visible and invisible, and the passing of time.

Time is Carnell’s underlying theme. In ‘Cycle of Time' the viewer perhaps initially reads a circle but, on closer inspection, an irregular spiral is revealed. For Carnell the piece is a metaphor for the human experience of time. Each new stitch represents a moment in time and as another is added so time passes and the piece builds. Then, stepping back from the piece, all the irregularities and individual stitches come together and the viewer experiences a singular beautiful form.

So too is time reflected in the natural patina of the gold and leather which, as it matures, will acquire an even greater beauty as the years pass.

Customization Options

The artist welcomes collaborative commissions for bespoke works, for and in response to individuals, and to private and corporate or public interior spaces. Requests for different scale, colours, alternative textiles such as magilite (suitable for marine, humid and air-conditioned environments), and framing can be accommodated. It is advised to contact the dealer for further information.

Details

    Materials and Techniques
    Hand-Crafted   Gold
    Embroidered   Leather
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    49.21 in. H x 35.43 in. W x 0.39 in. D
    125 cm H x 90 cm W x 1 cm D
  • Seller Location
    Blandford Forum, United Kingdom
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    LU92717280473
About the Seller

1stdibs seller since 2012

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Located in Blandford Forum, Dorset

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