Dawn Thorne, FSDC

Artist, Author, Curator, Tutor, Researcher


I aim to visualize the unquantifiable: the intangible record of the action of movement as we occupy time and space performing a process of making. The data is analysed and developed into a signature pattern code. The resulting design could be used for interiors spaces, clothing and artworks.

Through research and investigation I am challenged to define and quantify movement into a visual blueprint depicting the motions and actions of the body as it moves through time, engaging with the making process. My recent work looked to my own movement of stitching through cloth, weaving and the action of pulling dye through a silk screen.

The notion of this record is to validate the existence of being a maker. Without the physical act of performance in time and space the realized outcome would cease to exist yet, although it is fundamental to the work itself, this detail of the process is rarely considered.

Dawn is currently a PhD student at the University of the Creative Arts. Her research investigates the physical movements of Embroiderers and their common injuries. Observed patterns of movement within the body’s repetitive actions identifies how the action of the hand is embedded into the cloth through the performance of stitching. The significance of repetition within creative practice and the relevance endured hand pain has upon the creative outcome through repetitive bodily engagement of tools and materials informs her own creative practice which is visualized through, print, weave, stitch and dye processes.


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