Catriona Faulkner is a stitch and assemblage artist who uses objects symbolically to create shrine-like works.
Strood Tails, which is part of the Welcome art project, is a hand stitched assemblage piece that draws inspiration from the history, stories, people and cultural aspects of Strood.
In this work, objects have been carefully selected by the artist as metaphorical and symbolic references to the stories and narratives of this ancient parish - one that has welcomed people for thousands of years.
In this shrine to Strood, Catriona has researched and interpreted many points of reference.
For example, the Strood windmill at Broomhill Park which was visited by Charles Dickens, has been symbolically represented in her work by pen nibs.
Victorian botanist and illustrator Anne Pratt, who was born in Strood, is also honoured in her shrine through vintage ceramic flowers.
Every object throughout this work tells a story about an aspect of Strood’s past or present, weaving histories and themes that build a contemporary and historical narrative of Strood.
The original, framed work will be on display at the following places:
- May 2022: Aurora Dreaming, 5 Tollgate Lane, Strood, Rochester, ME2 4TG
- June 2022: Khushiyan Sweets, 29 Gun Lane, Strood, Rochester, ME2 4UW.
A digital reproduction of the piece is also available to see above Lily’s Nails, 65 High Street, Strood, Rochester, ME2 4AH.
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Photograph of the Mayor of Medway Councillor Jan Aldous and the artist Catriona Faulkner next to her artwork for the Welcome art project. Photograph credit to Laura Fisher Photography.