Working the Shore

By Virginia Stephen

Doug Gilford
NET (detail)
begun 2002
crocheted stainless steel wire & glass
approx (17’’ x 19’)

At the shore Guildford started to notice things other than vegetable and animal matter washing up. Man-made objects such as fishermen’s gloves, smashed lobster traps, boat lines, floats, and bait bags were thrown up. It became a mission to collect these cultural artifacts, shifting attention from the natural, to cultural, territory, for no other reason than the objects caught his eye. He valued them, honoured them, loved them. Subsequent crochet works were made from the sturdy, red rope used by boaters and in the fishery, and incorporated found objects from the shore such as glass balls, cork floats, wood and rope fragments.

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