I am a star, my name meaning star in Greek. I work with basketry weaving techniques and a combination of natural, found and recycled materials.
Taking my inspiration from the unusual star design in the skylight of the Gallery I would create a series of large-scale, suspended, parabolic structures reflecting Soane’s interest in architecture, light and space. Smaller geometric forms relating to these structures would be installed in the house, using one of the glass-fronted bookcases to recreate a ‘cabinet of curiosities’.

I am interested in dualities and paradoxes and what happens in the spaces where differences coincide.  Sometimes there is chaos and sometimes harmony.   Almost always there is an element of unpredictability which invites a creative response.

                                                                                                                                                    

In my practice I use basketry techniques to weave together multiple story lines.

One story is my fascination with the Turk’s head bangle.  A paradox: it looks on the surface like a multi-stranded plait but is constructed from a single element, both warp and weft, alternately active and passive, the weave unending – until the thread runs out.

A second paradox: despite being maths phobic I am fascinated by the mathematical structures underlying and revealed by the traditional plaiting techniques that I enjoy.  Opposites attract.  The hand can grasp what the mind lets slip.

A third strand is the duality of culture and nature and the ways in which they weave together in unexpected ways – each one leaving its mark upon the fabric of the other.

There are other strands and many loose ends.  My basketry is part of a process of working out how they might be drawn closer together.

www.stellaharding.co.uk

Posts

21/08/11 A Collection of Curious Connections in the Making

27/07/11 Cabinets of Curiosity

25/05/11 The Darker Side

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