Footnotes Exhibition

By 10th April 2018 Exhibitions

A series of installations by artists, drawing inspiration from London College of Fashion’s (UAL) shoe archive. Their work reflects viewers’ histories and experiences of footwear, including themes of balance and fragility. Supported by Arts Council England and Kurt Geiger.  From 1930s orthopaedic footwear, silk slippers from the 1800s and even a sheep’s shoe, artists Eelko Moorer, Ellen Sampson, Linda Brothwell and Laila Diallo have produced new works inspired by the remarkable history of the displayed objects.  Their pieces, alongside other archival objects that the audience can interact with, invite us to explore the cultural significance of shoes. The installations create a trail through the east London house and 500 years of period rooms, from Tudor to the 1980s. A programme of events accompanies the exhibition, details of which can be found on the Sutton House website.

Linda responded as an artist and tool-maker who reads objects through their construction methods.  The crafting of this Geta is true to traditional Japanese techniques, yet it was made rapidly. The master craftsman who made the Geta by hand was left-handed, given the direction of the knots in the twine.
By re-imagining the craftsman’s tools, Linda has explored a new area of her practice by undertaking a ‘silent apprenticeship’ in the shadow of the Geta maker who she will never meet.  Her aim is to shadow his movements precisely, following the scar lines left by his damaged tools, ultimately learning to create a perfect copy of his geta.

The exhibition runs through the summer, further information here 

© Linda Brothwell 2018