Murmuration (Blue)Murmuration (Blue)
This piece belongs to the Murmuration series and is an exploration using a solid background colour and blue tufted thread to match.
An insight into a murmuration of starlings, Gravelle explores the graphic potential in their vigorous yet elegant movement.
The work is tactile and while providing a visual punctuation mark for an interior it draws the viewer in experience its unexpected three dimensional quality.
Anna Gravelle is a textile artist and designer. She produces embellished fabrics, artworks and wall decorations for domestic and public spaces.
She is perhaps best known for taking the traditional craft of tufting (usually associated with rug making and candlewick bedspreads) and using its potential for adding a tactile and three-dimensional character not just to fabrics but as a medium for realising artworks. She has drawn on this tradition, more often associated with creating hardy wool rugs, and made it relevant for a contemporary audience, using luxury materials – the finest wool cloth and silky threads – making it decliate andworking the technique like exquisite embroidery. The result intrigues the viewer and draws them irresistibly to touch.
Anna works on a customised tufting machine, the technique requiring her to work the fabric in reverse so she is almost ‘blind’ and having to use her skill and experience to develop her pattern. When the work is complete and Anna turns the fabric over there is a moment of revelation to see the embroidered texture beneath.
Her work therefore goes beyond intriguing textural form and engages us in the sheer skill of the maker.