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I am inspired by words, particularly the sound of the human voice and the person behind it.
Language through handwriting and the forming of letters in different cultures – ultimately the universal concept of breath forming a line through writing, painting and speech.
The place where calligraphy and cloth meet; the emotion held in garments as a tactile canvas to reveal the living history of an individual as found in their handwritten letters.
To pick up a needle as a ‘writing tool’ and work the line in thread taking it back to the person who wrote the original — similar to listening to music where the voice of the artist comes through. This I call, ‘writing with a needle’ — to hand stitch by hand and eye the handwriting of any individual into a garment they might have worn.
I want to work with people who share this same attention to detail and an uncompromising approach to creativity.
To create living vibrant letters for branding logos signage fonts
To create bespoke works of art of museum quality for this and future generations
To empathise with a story and re tell it for stage, film, and music industry
To create couture pieces of cloth for global fashion houses
To create a ‘writing with a needle’ service where individuals and companies can commission hand embroidered labels and branding and VIP bespoke commissioned gifts
To work with high end clients and provide a hands on ‘craft experience’ using calligraphy, lettering and hand stitch
To work with graphic designers and brand agencies to create more ‘craft-like’ practices and processes within a digital work space
Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial
What it is:
An new interactive art installation of textile hangings with hand embroidered texts featuring the handwriting of nine key people ‘muses’ designed and made in London
‘Tenth Muse’ presents the idea that the viewer becomes the tenth muse to interact closely and intimately with nine chosen muses brought together in one space through their words and sayings. These include Sufi poets (Rabia, Wallada, Ibn Sina) Western poets (William Shakespeare) and contemporary figures (Malala Yousafzai) and figures across the Arab world.
Partners and collaborators:
Rosalind has worked with British Arab speaking pupils from Chiswick School to create a soundscape of their voices speaking the texts in English and Arabic. Following a calligraphy workshop run by the artist the pupils chose the quotes that inspired them and wrote them in their own handwriting. These have inspired the artwork – for instance the handwriting of ‘Shahad’ Yr. 7 who wrote a quote from Malala Yousafzai ‘Let us pick up our books and our pens – they are the most powerful weapons’ which has then been ‘written with a needle’ a technique of copying in stitch by hand and eye the handwriting of an individual
Andrew Martin of AMD interior design
Sharjah Contemporary Museum
Talking ‘process’ and stuff:
We made a little video about Ros talking from her studio about her inspiration for Tenth Muse which you can watch here.
Royal College of Art MA Constructed Textiles mixed media
Roehampton Institute BA (hons) Calligraphy and Bookbinding
Victoria and Albert Museum
The Training Partnership
The Great Festival of Creativity, Istanbul