What do I need to do to make it OK?

Touring exhibition, installed at Forty Hall, Enfield, North London EN2 9HA
25 August – 20 November 2016

sedream

Someone else’s dream, 2014-16, series of reworked hand knitted jumpers, mixed fibres

sobloodysad

I’m so bloody sad, 2007-2015, machine knitted wool, foam, sand, knitting needles, 980 × 400 × 2100 mm

What Do I Need to Do to Make it OK? is an investigation into damage and repair, disease and medicine, and the healing and restoration of landscapes, bodies, minds and objects through stitch and other media. Exhibiting alongside: Dorothy Caldwell, Saidhbhín Gibson, Celia Pym and Karina Thompson.

Make it OK? is a touring exhibition, curated by Liz Cooper, supported by Arts Council England and the International Textile Research Centre of the University for the Creative Arts.
Exhibition tour schedule

Photography: Douglas Atfield

12 February 2017

What Do I Need To Do To Make It OK?

Touring exhibition, opened at Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park, London SW11
27 August – 1 November 2015

sobloodysad

I’m so bloody sad, 2007-2015, machine knitted wool, foam, sand, knitting needles, 980 × 400 × 2100 mm

What Do I Need to Do to Make it OK? is an investigation into damage and repair, disease and medicine, and the healing and restoration of landscapes, bodies, minds and objects through stitch and other media.

The exhibition’s five artists have varied approaches to the theme: Dorothy Caldwell’s hand-stitching explores how humans have marked and visualised landscapes from the Arctic to Australia to create maps of land and memory. Whilst Freddie Robins uses precision machine-knitting, combining hand-crafted and found objects to examine preoccupations with crime, illness and fear; Karina Thompson’s high-tech embroideries navigate complex data, from cardiology scans to bones exhumed from a medieval cemetery for lepers. Celia Pym’s interest in process has led her to knit her way round Japan and to rescue discarded garments – and Saidhbhín Gibson’s work focuses on our human interactions with landscape, showcased in stitch-led interventions with natural objects. With deliberate ambiguity in their titles, her work poses the question: is it art that makes things better, or nature?

Curated by Liz Cooper

Make it OK? is a touring exhibition supported by Arts Council England and the International Textile Research Centre of the University for the Creative Arts.
Exhibition tour schedule

Photography: Eoin Carey

17 September 2015

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