Created for the Untangled Threads '100 Timepieces' exhibition which was part of this year's Coastival in Scarborough, this is a one-off, mixed media wall hanging incorporating selection of old pocket watch parts which we were given at the start of the project.
On a charcoal grey background, I've used a scrap of genuine WW2 parachute silk and embroidery to transform an old, enamelled, pocket watch face into a dandelion clock, and created the illusion of others using little cogs and a smaller watch face. Tiny pocket watch winding stems have become the drifting dandelion seeds, and the whole thing is encircled with a hand embroidered line from Ecclesiastes 'To every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven.'
Mounted 'in the round' it is finished with twelve vintage Mother of Pearl buttons, representing both the numbers on a clock dial and the sea, and a beaded 'pendulum'. It is backed with felt and has a hanging loop on the back.
Size (approximate): 20.5 cm diameter, top to bottom (including pendulum) 28 cm.
I've always had a fascination with old pocket watches movements, and actually made one, entirely out of fabric, as part of my GCSE Art & Craft coursework many years ago. So, when I saw this project advertised it I jumped at the chance to take part.
I wanted to depict the fragile and fleeting nature of both time and the seasons, so a dandelion clock seemed appropriate.
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