Friday, March 21, 2014

In Conversation... Inge Jacobsen

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Visitors at the FIXATION launch checking out Inge Jacobsen's works.  Photo by Jim Lee.

The embroidered magazine covers and woven adverts by Inge Jacobsen have proved to be some of the most popular and engaging works in Fixation.  Viewers are astounded by the intricate stitches on paper when they take a closer look.

Inge chatted to us about her work and what attracted her to start stitching up magazine covers!



TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF! WHERE ARE YOU FROM? 
I’m from Ireland originally but I spent most of my childhood in Denmark before moving to England where I currently live.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WORK? WHAT MATERIALS DO YOU WORK IN?
I work with thread and paper almost exclusively. I would say my work is a modern take on the traditional craft of embroidery – particularly cross stitch. 
 
WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO WORK IN THE MEDIUM THAT YOU DO?For me there are a lot of possibilities in working with thread and paper, one of which is that thread allows me to intervene with an image physically and literally change the surface of it


WHAT ACHIEVEMENT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF TO DATE?
Doing an international campaign for Georg Jensen, a Danish jeweller and exhibiting internationally.



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One of the works on display in FIXATION by Inge Jacobsen.










































IF YOU COULD COLLABORATE WITH ANOTHER ARTIST, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY? WHO INSPIRES YOU?I would love to work with Richard Prince or Nick Knight and work over their already surreal and fantastic photos. I would make quilts and other soft furnishings directly from their photos - enough to fill a large gallery space.


WHAT'S YOUR WORK PRACTICE LIKE? DO YOU WORK IN A STUDIO/HOME? WHAT GETS YOU IN THE MOOD TO CREATE?


I work from home. Embroidery traditionally has a warm homily aura about it so I couldn’t imagine a more appropriate place to do it. Ideas get me in the mood to create; if I have an idea, I want to see it come together sooner rather than later. I can be very impatient.

IS THERE A SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR CREATIVITY? DO YOU HAVE MUSIC OR SILENCE?
I like to work to music. I listen to a lot of music by Lorde, Beyonce and Rudimental - so a mixture of quite slow, relaxing stuff and fast beat and loud. It really depends on my mood and how long I’ve been working.


WHAT DO YOU THINK PEOPLE WILL TAKE AWAY WITH THEM FROM SEEING YOUR WORKS
I hope they will see disposable mass-produced images from fashion magazines that have been carefully and intricately worked with and over and appreciate the handmade aspect of it.


WHERE DO YOU WANT TO BE IN 10 YEARS TIME? WHAT'S YOUR DREAM?
To still be working and exploring as an artist and to have my work seen across a broad spectrum of media  – galleries, magazines, books, billboards, adverts etc. I don’t want there to be any limits to where my work can and should be seen.

You can see more of Inge's works on her website www.ingejacobsen.com


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