All posts by Vinny Stapley

Telling Tales

East member Vinny Stapley’s work investigates the extraordinary stories of ordinary women and the threads of life which connect them. She has created delicate layered icons for each woman’s story, illuminating their struggles and victories. Each icon is connected by ‘strands’ of their life; fragments of old clothes and household linens interwoven with silk fibres […]

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‘Arachnes Metaphor’ by Vinny Stapley

“Quecha the word for “language” is “thread” and “embroidering” – used to describe complex Conversation.” Psychas As part of my research for the Bridging the Gap project, I discovered a very interesting essay:  ‘Women Weaving the World: Text and Textile in the Kalevala and Beyond’ by Hanna Eilittä Psychas  published by Harvard in 2018. The essay explores the age-old […]

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‘Arachne’s Web’- Vinny Stapley

My work about strong women has prompted me to rediscover the histories of ordinary women who, despite abuse, trials and ordeals, strived to survive and protect their families against all odds. To honour them I have created icons, sometimes portraits, sometimes symbolic objects, within precious embroidered frames, to represent them.  Fragile and delicate Webs, made […]

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Work in progress for ‘Bridging the Gap’ by Vinny Stapley

‘Shrine to Arachne’ … (working title) My work for Bridging the Gap celebrates the stories of the unsung heroines – the ordinary women; our mothers and grandmothers who battled against the odds to bring up their children and assert their rights at a time when working opportunities and childcare were scarce and society frowned upon […]

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Bayeux Tapestry – The Unsung Heroines

by Vinny Stapley This summer I have fulfilled a childhood ambition to visit the Bayeux tapestry.  Despite many trips to France over the years, I’ve never quite been able to make it, but this year,  our meandering around the French countryside afforded us the opportunity. The Bayeux Tapestry tells the epic story, in wool thread […]

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