5th – 7th October 7.30 – 10pm
As part of the countywide GLOBAL FOOTPRINT project, artist Jo Fairfax and the FLOW team will deliver a new laser art installation in Northamptonshire – STITCH – a new art installation that binds together the historic villages of Earls Barton and Wollaston with a 3 miles long laser beam. Jo Fairfax’s path of light skims across the beautiful Nene Valley, pinpointing two prestigious boot and shoe-making factories Barker Shoes and Griggs, home of Dr Martens.
‘I have worked in Northamptonshire over a number of years and have come to learn about its rich and varied history. Following a recent visit to Barker Shoes Factory they kindly talked me through their exhibits and the process and history of boot and shoe-making. I love the process of shoemaking and how it links the different elements – engineering, human craftmanship, landscape and animals (leather). This sense of connection – of a holistic pathway from one element to another – is a crucial heart for a site-specific piece of work.
The landscape represents a working relationship where land, people and animals combined to make the wonderful craft of boot and shoe-making. The communities are joined by creative action and I propose joining them by light – an ambitious artwork where we project eight laser beams across the Nene Valley from Barker Shoes in Earls Barton to Griggs and the home of Dr Martens in Wollaston, creating a vast stitch across the Northamptonshire landscape. Two terrific boot and shoe-making factories and villages connected by 3.5 miles of laser stitching.’ Jo Fairfax
STITCH is the latest Fairfax / FLOW collaboration in the county which most recently saw the delivery of the Northampton LIGHTHOUSE laser light art installation on the National Lift Tower earlier in May marking 2012 hours to go before the opening of the London 2012 Olympic Games www.flow-northamptonshire.com
GLOBAL FOOTPRINT will also be bringing eco artwork FIELD by Dominic Wilcox to Wollaston Museum on Saturday 6th October 2.30 – 4.30 and celebrating local boot and shoe stories at the Earls Barton Feast on Sunday 7th.
N.B. STITCH IS A WEATHER DEPENDENT EVENT AND WILL NOT TAKE PLACE WHEN THERE IS HEAVY RAIN AND / OR STRONG WINDS