Pilgrim Woman is the creation of a new sculpture using the story of families arrested and held in Boston jail in the early 17th century.
The project seeks to engage women living in Lincolnshire from both immigrant and non immigrant background, working with an ancient method of weaving on a Lucet in a series of workshops both physical and virtual to engage women in semi rural areas.
The bronze sculpture of two female figures bound together will be exhibited in a new exhibition at The Collection, to shine a light on the historical bondage of women to a male counterpart and open a dialogue for the role of women today.
To be installed in Spring 2022 the Pilgrim Woman will provide a thought provoking new sculpture inspired by the past but prompting reflection on contemporary Boston.
The sculpture, co-created with the community, takes hand weaving and stitching combined with the latest technology to scan the artist in Tudor clothing using photogrammetry creating a digital version. A 3D print will be cast in bronze using the traditional lost wax technique.
Reflecting on the family groups held in Boston Jail, the artist will be experimenting with cords made on a Lucet.
Once Rachel is happy with the flow and movement of the community made woven cords, two female figures will be bound together, they will be impregnated with wax to stiffen and hold them. The cords will also be cast in bronze using the traditional lost wax technique, and repositioned on the sculpture.
The completed bronze sculpture will be exhibited in a new exhibition at The Collection to shine a light on the historical bondage of women to a male counterpart and open a dialogue for the role of women today.
Transported is the Arts Council England funded Creative People and Places programme for Boston and South Holland. Our core purpose is to get more people involved in the arts. Our approach to this is to support the creation of artworks and experiences that resonate with people and are connected to the place. Many of our projects therefore start with a place’s history and forces that have shaped them.
Transported is working closely with Boston Borough Council to use these stories to enhance people’s awareness and appreciation of their heritage as well as enriching the visitor experience. We are especially excited to be exploring the town’s Pilgrim themes, from the radicalisation of the separatists, sympathy with those that were arrested in Scotia Creek, and then the Cotton congregation who left and founded Boston Massachusetts.
To find out more visit https://www.transportedart.com