Basket Case Woven Blackbird
Basket Case Woven Blackbird

Copyright of Sarah Darling

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Basket Case Woven Blackbird
Basket Case Woven Blackbird

Copyright of Sarah Darling

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Basket Case: Woven Blackbird

Sarah Darling

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framed woven photographic print
27x27cm

£60 SOLD

"During the first stage of lockdown, with limits set on leaving the home and distances allowed to be travelled, many people experienced increased awareness of the nature and the quiet/stillness around them resulting from the unprecedented reduction in the movement of people, motor vehicles, planes, etc., whilst simultaneously feeling like caged birds. Weaving strips of this image on a small loom gave a new twist to a photograph I took a few years ago, the cotton warp representing bars of a cage.

The term 'basket case' originated in America after the First World War, referring to a soldier missing both his arms and legs, who needed to be literally carried around in a litter or “basket”.  More recently the term has been used in the context of mental health, and often in a derogatory way.  Like many across the world, I can identify with the latter, in relation to coping with the changes brought about by the Covid 19 pandemic. Across the globe the pandemic has killed so many people and has also had such a negative effect on millions.  Many, who've had the means to do so, looked for 'therapy' in some form or other to distract, to comfort, to pass the time.  I found my usual creative outlet of photography had all but dried up and took up a suggestion to try weaving, which has of course been used for a very long time in occupational therapy and physiotherapy." (Sarah Darling)

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