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One Thousand Bunnies.

I'm beginning to surface after graduation.  It's been a long hard slog, but it is done.  And now there are 1,000 bunnies in the world, I have a shiny new degree complete with a distinction, and a special achievement award.  What I don't have is a job, but am working on that.

I have been a virtual hermit for most of 2013, so I would also like to rediscover having some sort of life.  Picking this project up again should be part of my reconnection with the world.

Meanwhile, the bunnies need re-homing, so they are for sale.  Currently 200 are on show at the University of Exeter as part of their programme to showcase more contemporary art, and I'm selling at the Marker Emporium and Maker Junction in Plymouth until the 8th December.

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Here's my artist's statement for the grad show:

"Sue Bamford is an artist working with textiles; recycling fabric and yarn into small scale soft sculpture to highlight issues of over-consumption and unsustainable lifestyles, using a joy in making to re-connect people with their material culture.

1,000 Bunnies aims to create a positive reaction to waste materials. Each is made from abandoned garments from the Eden Project, clothing left behind by visitors to an environmental charity. The bunnies ask to be picked up, to be cherished, and make you re-evaluate your relationship to waste. In this, a bunny becomes a non-threatening carrier of a burdensome message that we simply don't consider the enormous environmental and human cost of clothes-making.

Within a contested landscape of environmental politics, people can be overwhelmed by conflicting information, the sheer scale of the problems, and the possibility of a personal capacity to create change, Sue's work aims to explore small-scale actions with a practice based on the idea of a joyful expectation of failure. Know that your actions won't single-handedly change the world, but do it anyway. It is the attempt itself that is valuable.

In her specific case, the actions are both personal – being a positive example that having less, mending and making things can be a source of pleasure and well-being – and practical – sharing those skills with others through workshops and community events.

These actions might be small, as one stuffed bunny is small, but 1,000 Bunnies shows physically the results of a repeated action. In this 1,000 Bunnies acts as a visual metaphor for the repeated small actions towards sustainable living.

Download instructions to make your own bunny from her website: www.bunnylove.co.uk "


Now I just need to get my shit together and update the bunnylove website with the 1,000 bunnies rather than the 400 from last year at Eden, and re-write a ton of things on it...  but it's so much easier to be lazy now that I don't have degree deadlines staring me in the face.


 

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mrsrev
Dec. 4th, 2013 08:50 am (UTC)
Yay, you're back! I thought of you last week - we've moved house (again!) and I was unpacking my teasets. I finally got a matching coffee pot for my goth orchids :-) and it was advertised on eBay as having a couple of spare cups and saucers. What it had was 6 teacups and 6 saucers so I now have coffee AND tea cups and I think you understand how happy making this us and and.... Yes, I'll calm down now! Congratulations on the degree, and welcome back to the interwebs :-)
tubewhore
Dec. 4th, 2013 06:15 pm (UTC)
thank you! I should have been back ages ago, but it's hard when I'm at the other end of the country and my financial means have become quite limited.

I would like to be back in London before the end of the year, but it might not actually happen until March - am currently saving up to do the dinosaur night at the Natural History museum, as a graduation present to myself.

And yes, I understand totally about the joy of tea cups!
joculum
Dec. 8th, 2013 07:04 pm (UTC)
Delighted to learn your real identity as artist and person after all these years of following your LiveJournal and your evolution as a fiber artist. Since I still write about art (mostly for artsatl.com and on my counterforces.blogspot.com but sometimes for ARTnews magazine) and still have reason to visit the U.K. from my home base in Atlanta, perhaps our paths will cross some day or another.
tubewhore
Dec. 17th, 2013 09:39 pm (UTC)
I love the idea that I have a real and non-real identity...the apparently real one shares a house with about 500 bunnies still. It's possible I'll be in Atlanta again for dragon-Con, so path might cross there. Stranger adventures have certainly happened.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 5th, 2014 12:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks for finally writing about >tubewhore: One Thousand
Bunnies. <Liked it!
madamekat
Aug. 18th, 2014 01:18 pm (UTC)
Hey! I miss your posts! What have you been up to?
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