AA2A Artist

Tracey Doxey

Artform:
Site specific photographic work using textiles and paper.
Year:
2018-19
Location:
Sheffield Institute of Art, Sheffield Hallam University
Email:
traceydoxey@hotmail.com
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Project summary:

Tracey Doxey is a site-specific artist, photographer, story teller, blogger and traveller. She graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 1998 with a High 2:1 BA (hons) in Fine Art specialising in Super 8 films and photography. Since graduating, Tracey has worked at BALTIC Centre of Contemporary Art, Danceworks UK, London Contemporary Dance School and Site Gallery.

In July 2008, Tracey left Sheffield on the 8am train to London then arrived (after catching many more trains) in Beijing on 08-08-08. Tracey’s early practice was to embed herself within place, write and blog of her journey, photograph the stories of the people and the places in which she lived in in China, as well as develop ethnographic research in the places that she got to know deeply – most recently – the remote islands of Shetland. She has also developed a creative knitting practice for forty years, latterly knitting lace and teaching Fair Isle.

In 2016, eighteen years after graduating, Tracey returned to University to do a part-time MA in Textiles /Knit at Nottingham Trent University, specialising in Computer Aided Design knitted lace, inspired by the traditional heritage of the Shetland knitted lace industry and its knitters.

Her CAD simulations of her lace knit were used in further processes to create large-scale delicate paper laser cuts which were used in a run of site-specific pop-up exhibitions in abandoned croft houses across Shetland on the small islands of Unst, Bressay and Burra. The work was placed as a testament to the many lace knitters that lived for generations in the many, now abandoned, croft houses scattered across the islands. Tracey recorded the work as site-specific photography. During a one-month residency in Scalloway, in December 2017 and an Arts Council, ‘Making Ways’ R&D Grant to return to Shetland in May 2018, Tracey firmly established her site-specific creative style.

The AA2A programme will enable Tracey to develop the editing of her films and sound recordings, taken during the residency and R&D Trip. She will also use the facilities to develop her knowledge of digital textiles then use the opportunity to enable her to realise the work through a pop-up exhibition and screening at Sheffield Institute of Art.

Tracey Doxey is a site-specific artist, photographer, story teller, blogger and traveller. She graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 1998 with a High 2:1 BA (hons) in Fine Art specialising in Super 8 films and photography. Since graduating, Tracey has worked at BALTIC Centre of Contemporary Art, Danceworks UK, London Contemporary Dance School and Site Gallery.

In July 2008, Tracey left Sheffield on the 8am train to London then arrived (after catching many more trains) in Beijing on 08-08-08. Tracey’s early practice was to embed herself within place, write and blog of her journey, photograph the stories of the people and the places in which she lived in in China, as well as develop ethnographic research in the places that she got to know deeply – most recently – the remote islands of Shetland. She has also developed a creative knitting practice for forty years, latterly knitting lace and teaching Fair Isle.

In 2016, eighteen years after graduating, Tracey returned to University to do a part-time MA in Textiles /Knit at Nottingham Trent University, specialising in Computer Aided Design knitted lace, inspired by the traditional heritage of the Shetland knitted lace industry and its knitters.

Her CAD simulations of her lace knit were used in further processes to create large-scale delicate paper laser cuts which were used in a run of site-specific pop-up exhibitions in abandoned croft houses across Shetland on the small islands of Unst, Bressay and Burra. The work was placed as a testament to the many lace knitters that lived for generations in the many, now abandoned, croft houses scattered across the islands. Tracey recorded the work as site-specific photography. During a one-month residency in Scalloway, in December 2017 and an Arts Council, ‘Making Ways’ R&D Grant to return to Shetland in May 2018, Tracey firmly established her site-specific creative style.

The AA2A programme will enable Tracey to develop the editing of her films and sound recordings, taken during the residency and R&D Trip. She will also use the facilities to develop her knowledge of digital textiles then use the opportunity to enable her to realise the work through a pop-up exhibition and screening at Sheffield Institute of Art.

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