Vicky Bilton - UK

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Light at the End of the Tunnel
Vicky Bilton - UK

Wiltshire, UK

Panel ref

I heard the discussion about making a Covid Panel on a Radio 4 Woman’s Hour programme earlier this year. This captured my imagination because last summer I had hand stitched a banner to mark the awful pandemic symbolising all the things that have become part of our normal life. I wanted to take part but I wanted to use my sewing machine this time. I had been trying to make my pieces more 3D and had made some successful spirals using free machine embroidery and manipulating the pieces I made.

With the announcement of the success of the vaccine programme I knew that I wanted to make my piece “The Light at the End of the Tunnel”: the spirals would replicate the tunnel, like a black hole!  I used calico frayed at the edges to portray the NHS caring for us all, cradling and bandaging us up….hand stitched corona virus germs are splattered around the edges on their way out! I am normally inspired  by natural organic matter found on walks – this piece did remind me of an alien seed husk!

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The Future of The Covid Chronicle:

The Covid Chronicle is available for sale / exhibition by arrangement. The proceeds from the sale of the entire work would be in aid of MIND.  Please get in contact for further details.
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