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Kettle, AM., 2017.

The Scalloped Edge

Output Type:Other form of assessable output
Venue:Galeria dos Prazeres
Dates:15/7/2016 - 9/10/2016
Number of Works:25

The Scalloped Edge, residency and exhibition took place in June -September 2016 at the Galeria dos Prazeros within the cultural space Quinta Pedagógica, Madeira. The exhibition included co-created works with local women and sought to contribute significantly to the regional cultural and social development of heritage practice within an international context. The project created a knowledge exchange programme between Kettle, the Prazeres women, the Textile Museum Funchal and diasporian embroiderers in New Bedford, USA. 
The residency and exhibition interrogated how Madeiran embroidery is revitalised and valorised through Kettle's artistic approach. A comparative practice study of stitch, tacit, haptic and cultural knowledge took place between Kettle and the women. The co-creation of works created new discourse and networks, highlighting conservation and self-transcendence values and the safeguarding and valorisation of women's craft into an artistic site (UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, 2003). The publication was the first time historic, diasporic Madeiran and contemporary artistic project work has been brought together in this textual form.
The project both questions the disruption of tradition as an erosion of cultural value, implying that in liberating stitch practice, an emancipation of women takes place. The project was funded by Calhetaviva, Municipo de Madeira, Centro Social dos Prazeres and Quinta Pedagogica dos Prazeres. A film by curator Hugo Olim documented the project and publication The Scalloped Edge (2020) is published by the Galeria dos Prazeros ISBN 2637910-983. Kettle presented the project (2017) as a Keynote at Dis/rupt symposium, Stroud International Textiles, and as Panel Chair at Arts and Art History Conference (2017) Textiles, Reciprocity and Division.