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Kendall Clarke

Previously shown in

Warp, weft, stitch, thread 2021

Fibre: structure and surface 2021

Stillness 2024

Kendall is interested in textile cultures and techniques, and in the histories of writing and language. She uses hand weaving along with painting and erasure to construct multi-layered textiles that embody concepts of precarity and survival. Many of her pieces contain piercings, apertures or gaps, which create dynamic light and shadow play. They suggest the incomplete survival of ancient artefacts and allude to the deficiencies of perception.


Kendall’s practice is driven by exploration of materials: their feel, their complex interlocking into a durable structure, the metamorphosis of a thread into a coherent form. She often uses the making process to subvert the inherent properties of her materials, creating translucent constructions from metallic yarns, or stiff, papery surfaces from soft cotton. She has a particular interest in paper, and her recent QEST scholarship took her to Japan to study with shifu expert and author Hiroko Karuno so that she can make her own bespoke paper yarns. 


Much of her recent work has used a subdued palette to explore written relics and dead languages, but she also develops her own unique colours from natural sources.

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