CuratorSpace Artist Bursary #20: Ali Pickard

Ali Pickard, otherwise known as The Yaffingale, is interested in which stories are told, and who tells them. Trained in metal art as part of a Women's Welding collective, she creates 3D, kinetic artworks, mixing wood and metal with fabric and embroidery.

"I make sculpture and automata, incorporating little-known historical stories into my work and exploring the ways in which the past relates to today's culture. I am currently in the process of creating a new body of work, including a series of intricately hand-embroidered characters which explore lost words in English and Welsh. These textile-based pieces draw inspiration from the elegance of Victorian banner ladies, through to contemporary street art.

Throughout June and July I exhibited related works at the Maker Showcase Exhibition at Tŷ Pawb in Wrexham, and will now develop a more comprehensive collection with the aim of exhibiting at further venues across the country. I’m currently researching the words and contexts I want to explore and will then move on to producing the prototypes and resolving technical challenges before moving onto making the final pieces."

See more of Ali's work on CuratorSpace or Instagram.

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