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Rumpelstiltskin: an installation made of hundreds of meters of cloth feeding through sewing machines to make clothes.

It comments on the international trade of clothing and textiles; sewing machines in a range of sizes navigate an overwhelming sea of fabric and provoke us to think about the global impact of the fashion industry on people and the environment.

The piece is inspired by fairy tales and their roles as metaphors for humanity. The transformation in the Rumpelstiltskin story of spinning straw into gold is utilized as a metaphor for change, mass production and consumerism; here gold with its associations of greed and money is locked into a never-ending exchange.

On show here in Exchange at Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth

Date: 2019

Material: cloth, sewing machines, tables

Provenance: Portsmouth UK

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