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Ruth Singer “Grandad’s tool shed: These pieces are based

Aprons - Time Bubble 1 & Time Bubble

on the household and garden tools from

2: This series of aprons inspired by the

my Grandad’s shed. He was a professional

hidden aspects of women’s history and

gardener from the age of 14 and carried on

the enigmatic, owner-less aprons that have

growing his own vegetables until his death in

survived in museums. Aprons are an under-

2012 at the age of 96. His numerous sheds

appreciated art form, which are often left

contained years of carefully-maintained and

languishing in museum collections without

well-used tools and the essence of him. His

any in-depth study. For me they represent

second wife’s family ran a small laundry and

the lives of the makers and owners of those

their house was full of traditional linens,

aprons, whose stories are hidden from us,

all bleached, starched and ironed. I have

inside a bubble of time.”

combined the linens and the tool sheds to create a series of inter-related pieces which

Ruth Singer creates intriguing artworks

are made from Grandad’s handkerchiefs

inspired by historical textiles, museum

alongside new fabrics. Techniques include

objects, personal heritage, memory and

trapunto quilting, shadow embroidery and

stories. She uses natural and recycled

reverse appliqué.

textiles combined with hand stitching as

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On My Mother's Knee  

Exhibition Catalogue from the Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre exhibition 'On my Mother's Knee' November 2013

On My Mother's Knee  

Exhibition Catalogue from the Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre exhibition 'On my Mother's Knee' November 2013

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