John Parkes culls his materials from pre-used utilitarian objects: sheets, pillowcases, blankets, jeans and pyjamas have all undergone transformation at his hands in a practice that uses stitch and sometimes also plant dyes. Parkes’ work with second hand/recycled/found cloth is underpinned by notions of decomposition and temporality, the recognition that neither cloth nor user will last forever. Whether small fragments to affix talisman-like to clothing or larger pieces for the wall, his works reflect gentle processes of layering and stitching; the surface a textured map created by the wandering path of the needle.’ 1. 1. India Flint from ‘Second Skin’ Murdoch Books 2011 ISBN 978-1-74196-721-0
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