The visual storytelling of Stewart Easton. Works in thread, ink, paint and digital.
Offset Weaving is a six month artist residency run in conjunction with "Office for Art, Design and Technology". Office for Art, Design and Technology is a nomadic, networked and collaborative artist-led project founded by Ryan Hughes ( art-design-tech.org ) As part of the residency Easton was given a floor standing tapestry/rug loom. The loom was to be used as a traditional analog tool to make new work. To master the art of weaving Easton made a number of decisions including to not use technology or online tutorials to learn the workings and process of hand weaving. Drawing with the floor standing hand loom has enabled Easton to relearn the art of drawing and create works which hold a true representation of the free flowing drawings of childhood
He longed for weightlessness
He longed for weightlessness.
Emulsion on tiled wood. Outline Editions, London 2016
He longed for weightlessness is a project bringing together Easton's previous narrative based works and removing all forms of story. Taking the notion of a ‘path' Easton has removed the storyline of a narrative by breaking up a journey and reassembling it as simple plot lines of colour. This allows the audience to view the work on a pure primal level, experiencing a base emotion without the transference of ones own past relative experiences. Enabling the audience to connect with one and other in a shared space.
A mixture of various hand stitched works as part of a personal exploration into overlay colour and offset printing using thread.
His piety knows no bounds
'His Piety knows no bounds'
250cm x 200cm.
Working in collaboration with composer Michael Tanner, sound artist Gawain Hewitt and the 'Quirky Quilters' Easton has created his first interactive quilt.
Using four major life events of St Nicholas as the starting point for this work Easton has created a large scale quilt embedded with a narrative specific composition by Michael Tanner. The audience is invited to created a dialogue with the piece by gently interacting with the hand embroidered centre piece.
His piety knows no bounds was made for the contemporary craft residency and commissions for 'The Priory', in Stoke Sub Hamdon, Somerset. Curated by Craftspace and Initiated by Somerset Art Works in partnership with the National Trust
The large tithe barn within The Priory complex, a rare and unique group of medieval domestic and agricultural buildings, is the focus of this contemporary craft project. The title ‘Gather-ing’ references the function of a barn as a space to collect/bring/gather people, animals and crops, as well as a symbolic meeting place to gather for ritual celebration.
Breaking the traditional boundaries of craft, Stewart Easton’s 'The Next Verse' fuses together hand embroidery, sonic art and music.
Collaborating with sound artist Gawain Hewitt and musician Michael Tanner (Plinth, United Bible Studies) Easton’s stitch work forms a meter square interactive embroidery that follows the life cycle of a fictional family.
The major plot lines of ‘A Winter’s Movement’ are hand stitched by Easton using conductive thread and a soundtrack composed by Tanner is triggered by touch, each person creating their unique soundscape.
A burden of bones
A burden of bones
digital print on fabric,
300cm x 22cm. 2010
A burden of bones is a narrative tracing the final journey of an elderly lady trailing her last five days. On the eve of her 143rd birthday, Hetty Brown has a premonition that she has five days left to live. After careful meditation on this news Hetty decides to exhume her husbands bones and travels to the tree where 120 years before she accepted his proposal of marriage.
A burden of bones is one of four large scale embroidered pieces made as part of Easton's four tragic tales which was shown at mac, Birmingham, UK, and St Mary's art and retreat centre, Nervada, USA.
... and then they came for the children
Eight meter wall drawing for Easton's solo show '...and then they came for the children' at St Mary's Art Centre, Virginia City, Nevada, USA.
'... and then they came for the children” Easton has withdrawn all forms of digital media in producing the work, and has married the innocent wonder of childhood with the free-form traditional processes of hand drawing and hand stitch creating works which on the surface appear 'twee' yet are underpinned with a sinister edge and circumstance.
Gouace on board and paper
Various sizes. 2013 - onwards
A series of traditional illustrations made for the sole purpose of illustration a number of self-authored works. Various mediums including ink, watercolour and gouache.