It was the last day of the Fury porjecy tree and before packing it down I had to hug it. It had been a taxing process but so invigorating and thought provoking, as so many people had left a imprint on the tree, sharing their stories, binding and then adding thier energy to the vines of the tree.
Cherrelle and I ate a slap up Thai meal to celebrate. We sent Katie pictures of our food, and cyber High Fived her by text, while she choreographed in sub zero conditions for the Russian Winter Games.
And so The Fury Project get taste of what it feel like to be a concrete piece of visual art with film and stroy telling at a button from The Fury Transformation Jukebox.However, this is not the end of the project, nor the the final exhibiting and performance of the Tree. There is more to come. Watch this space.
it almost sounds like a contradiction to be
speaking about anger and then using a craft like binding fabric to
illustrate and dispel anger. We have been confronted with this question many times
by members of the public who saw us metaphorically restricting anger when we
should be releasing anger.
But here is where we have found it interesting.
We have decided to flip the concept of binding in this context from being confining or painful, to a device for transformation. This is what this phase of the project is called after all. So we take a flat piece of fabric, we roll it, winding cotton around it to hold it fast, using varying tension. Then people would billow it, puff it up in areas, add sifferent coloured and patterned fabric, they made shapes, flowers, fish! All of this transformative energy revealed to the binder and expressive part of their anger they didn't know they existed or needed to express. All the while stories are exchanged - chat about the politi…
The space is a basic warehouse and we had a wall built to section off our area. It created quite a nice little cubby hole.
Cherrelle had already worked hard stabilizing the main bulk of the tree. I began drilling to hang invisible wire.
Next, hanging the binding vines....
By 4pm the Fury Transformation Jukebox AKA The Human Right Jukebok arrives. Big Thanks to Isa Huarez.
Then it's all about the mood lighting.
The Transformation Tree is up now and last night, 1st October, the 3FF Urban Dialogues Exhibition had its private viewing. It was well attended and we had women of all ages and walk of life bind with us. More images of the night to come.
So we have been a-binding at Kings College as part of the Urban Dialogues Art installation commission we won from 3 Faiths forum. Some lovely little creations have been coming forth as we talk and connect about out experiences of anger as women.
The plan is to make an installation of an impression of a tree made from fabric and thread that houses The Transforming Fury Jukebox loaded with 101 stories of people talking about their relationship with and perceptions of anger. Right now, we are at the vine making stage.
What's been amazing about this work (fun) is the confirmation that the installation is not about the tree and the vines intend to build as the finished piece; the installation IS the process, the act of making and sharing these moments.
We've had open sessions for others to come and join us. Andrea came and did some binding while sharing a story about her disabled sister, who suffers from sickle cell anemia being discriminated against and talked badly of at a …
Notes and observations Was a bit conflicted about the terminology and definitions of Binding and Fury so ->
· Binding - an act of transformation - as the process of making one thing into something else – an alchemy - Binding to transform.
· The Fury Project - not trying to provide definitive answers but to open a pathway for exploration and interrogation through these art forms
· The “tree” - a live object of grounding something to lean on peaceful, visual beautiful, representing growth, movement, age and wisdom (the ring)
Ways to deliver the installation · Binding vine-like limbs to initially cover jukebox. It could potentially give us a heads up on how long we have to actually make according to our desired design, to what kind of size the tree might grow to in that time and how pressed we might be for the fabric gathering. ->
extensions from the jukebox and supported structure around it.
· Format of poems, writings, sketching. Charcoal, pastels other a…
The Bonding Binding sessions From 17th September till 27th September, The Fury Project, facilitated by Zena Edwards and Cherrelle Skeete will be holding craft and communication sessions as part of on an art installation working with fabric and collecting and unpacking stories about anger.
These sessions are been fun,
deeply revelatory, echoing ancient traditions of group bonding, the sharing and telling of stories over a
creative craft. Click to see what we've been up to so far with them. When: Tuesday 17th Sept and Friday 20th Drop-in from 3pm - 9pm All Day Open Sessions: Monday 23rd Sept - Friday 27th SeptDrop-in from 1pm - 9pm Where: Kings College London, Strand London WC2R 2LS, Aldwych, nearset tube Holborn and Charing Cross Buses Price: Free
For the location of the room we are in at King's, contact: 07904 343 005 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What is Binding? Binding
is a process of working with recycled fabrics and cotton which
transforms a flat piece of material i…
Myself,(Zena Edwards), Katie Pearson and Cherrelle Skeete have been
enjoying the process of developing the design of the installation. We have opted for a tree as symbolically a tree takes the nutrients of decay from the earth and transforms it in to life and providing us wit the very air we breathe, the beauty of its blossoms and changing colours as the season change.
We embellish it with vines and floral impressions.
The tree will be the bulk of the installation, with sketches and poems on the walls to highlight the process, but more importantly we realised that the actual process IS the installation and part of that process includes watching us and others make whilst speaking about anger, and perceptions of anger for positive change. As we speak we are a metaphor of the transformation process. Discussions about anger while creating symbolically represents an engagement with this potentially negative energy AND physically manifesting it as something new and beautiful. For more…