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Molly Tufnell 'Stitches the Universe'

Contemporary Artist and Teacher


  • 2005 ...stitch after stich...a dynamic density map

    Duration of this moving image work is 3 mins 42 secs
    N.B.Preferably to be viewed as a video projection

    This work uses the captured trace of my own gestural hand marks, as I made a series of back stitches and explores issues relating to repetition of the self similar and self organising dynamic systems.

  • 2004 Back Stitch Echo

    Moving Image Duration: 6mins 33 secs

    Just as technology permits us to trace the echo and view an image of, for example, the beat of the heart, here it has allowed me to capture and reveal a trace of my own rhythmic movements when creating a row of back stitch. Whilst sewing a stitch, each of us develops our own attractor*, the dynamic system or pathway that our hand, needle, and thread travels along to make it. This piece makes visible the mark of my own hand when producing this basic stitch. The first section alludes to the adjustments in my gesture needed to make the stitching fit a particular situation, the second refers to the way in which the flow of the repeated motion alters according to the speed I work at, and the third, to the continual repetitive action needed to produce a series of back stitches which then gradually constructs an echo of my own personal attractor for this stitch.

    *N.B ATTRACTORS are geometric shapes where Phase space is an imaginary three-dimensional mathematical space where all possible motions of a dynamic system can be visualized as geometric shapes called ATTRACTORS.

  • 2003 Stitching Units: density map IIII

    Duration of this moving image work is 28 mins 14 secs
    N.B.Preferably to be viewed as a vidio projection
    Here the humble dot has been substituted for a stitch as a means of indicating and abstracting, the essence of the process and rhythms that occur whilst stitching.

  • 2002 Be Visible Stitch Attractors

    This work responds to the hidden structures, and systems, which are part of our everyday lives. When learning a particular stitch, we use diagrams as well as sight of the actual stitch to help us; but these methods only give a partial picture. Working virtually, my stitching does not exist in a material or conventional sense, but instead captures the essence of the symbiosis of movement between maker and stitch.