DECEMBER 2017

JAN MULLEN

My recent work explores themes of home, domesticity, making and family. These themes intertwine and are united by my eclectic collection of family possessions and a love of memorabilia.

knit1purl1 is a series which celebrates women’s crafts through photographs which are manipulated into repeats and printed digitally on fabric or card; bookish, my summer yarn and faded pastime are stories/yarns about growing up whilst tus kyiz/mongolia, suzanni/uzbekistan and north india/sari stitching draw from my travel photos to celebrate the honest beauty of ethnic textiles.

Works from feathering the nest are much more diverse; I began with the black swan as my theme, a bird who’s steadfast values turned my thoughts towards our domestic nesting instinct and the desire to decorate our ‘nests’. Paint chips, freehand and machine stitched with ‘feathers’, have become shorthand for, and reverence of domesticity/plumage of both birds and generations of suburbanites.

–  'knit1purl1' series 

knit1purl1 #1

my summer yarn
35cm (W) x 200/254cm (H)
(reversable)

 

knit1purl1 #2

my current yarn

80.5cm (W) x 208/337cm (H)
(front and back)

knit1purl1 #3

bookish 

35cm (W) x 200/254cm (H)
(reversable)

knit1purl1 #4

 tus kyiz / mongolia

43cm (W) x 63cm (H)
(front and back
)

knit1purl1 #5

suzanni / uzbekistan

43cm (W) x 68cm (H)
(front and back)

knit1purl1 #6

suzanni / uzbekistan 

43cm (W) x 69cm (H)
(front and back)

knit1purl1 #7

 north india /
sari stitching

43cm (W) x 80cm (H)

(reversable)

knit1purl1 #8

faded pastime

45.5cm (W) x 145cm (H)
(front and back)

feathering the nest #1

of hope & glory

179cm (W) x 182 (H)

feathering the nest #4

beautiful values

90cm (W) x 205.5cm (H)
x 2.4cm (D)

feathering the nest #5

hedging bets

48cm (W) x 54cm (H)
x 2.3cm (D)

feathering the nest #6

gender neutral

48cm (W )x 90cm (H)
x 2.4cm (D)

feathering the nest #9

sky babe

 40cm (W) x 60cm (H)
x 2.3cm (D)

feathering the nest #10

floating with tranquility

88cm (W) x 63cm (H)
x 2.3cm (D)

feathering the nest #11

proud parent

30cm (W) x 96cm (H)
 x 2.3cm (D)

feathering the nest #12

 the cosseted cygnet

30cm (W) x 96cm (H)
x 2.3cm (D)

feathering the nest #13

ethical choices

72cm (W) x 72cm (H)
x 2.3cm (D)

feathering the nest #14

beautiful baudin

41cm (W) x 41cm (H)
x 4cm (D)

feathering the nest #15

 under the wing

41cm (W) x 41cm (H)
x 4cm (D)

feathering the nest #16

under the tail

41cm (W) x 41cm (H)
x 4cm (D)

feathering the nest #18

fred’s tail

38cm (W) x 101cm (H)
x 2.3cm (D)

feathering the nest #17

cocky’s wing 

38cm (W) x 115cm (H)
x 2.3cm (D)

feathering the nest #19

 cockie bennett’s crest

38cm (W) x 94.5cm (H) x 2.3cm (D)

feathering the nest #20

boudoir plumage /
spanish cream

41cm (W) x 41cm (H)
x 2.5cm (D)

feathering the nest #21

boudoir plumage /
ringlet

41cm (W) x 41cm (H)
x 2.5cm (D)

feathering the nest #22

boudoir plumage /
elusive

41cm (W) x 41cm (H)
x 2.5cm (D)

feathering the nest #23

boudoir plumage /
favourite lady

41cm (W) x 41cm (H)
x 2.5cm (D)

feathering the nest #24

boudoir plumage /
arctic daisy

41cm (W) x 41cm (H)
x 2.5cm (D)

feathering the nest #25

 boudoir plumage /
green glacier

41cm (W) x 41cm (H)
x 2.5cm (D)

–  'feathering the nest' series 

feathering the nest #26

boudoir plumage /
ice pack

41cm (W) x 41cm (H)
x 2.5cm (D)

feathering the nest #27

boudoir plumage /
shutterbug 

41cm (W)x 41cm(H)
x 2.5cm ( D)

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– 'feathering the nest' series