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Capsule Artist

Sarah Brown

(28th September - 10th November)

Artist Statement

'84 Hours' reflects on the working life of William Wood, a bookbinder who died in Newgate Prison in 1788, having served half of a two year sentence. He had been imprisoned for putting pressure on his master to reduce the working week by one hour; from 84 hours to 83 hours. I was very moved by this tragic tale and wanted an understanding of William's experience.
The result was a book bound from 6am until 8pm for 6 days, recreating William's working week. '84 Hours' acts as a measure of what is achievable within a week. It was physically and mentally extremely demanding. Although I chose to undertake this challenge weekly, people across the globe are still forced to endure these extreme working hours throughout their working lives.
Reclaimed paper was bound with linen thread and tapes, using traditional stitch techniques. Unravelled the book measures 4.5m in length.
Underpinning my practice is a fascination with the traditional craft of bookbinding and a determination to raise the profile of this declining industry.
I use a combination of embroidery, paper folding, cutting and traditional bookbinding. these very repetitive techniques force a real engagement with the materials, typically papers, threads, tapes, cloths and leathers. I strive to create a blance between art and craft, maintaining an environmentally and ethically responsible approach. teaching is integral to my practice.

An Tuireann's Craft Space

The Contemporary Crafts Gallery is dedicated to featuring the best in leading edge contemporary crafts. Featuring the best examples of work in ceramic, slate, wood, glass, metal, wicker, paper and textiles, this exciting collection is a fusion of traditional skills and modern design elements, providing a showcase for what is unique, handmade and inspiring from the best of local, national and international makers.


An Tuireann Art Centre is now a member of the Own Art Scheme. Own Art is a scheme offering interest-free credit for people to buy contemporary art and craft, and has been designed to make buying art and craft easy and affordable.
You can buy paintings, sculptures, prints, artists' film and video, artists' new media work, photography, jewellery, metalwork, ceramics, glass, furniture and textiles.
If you would like further information on the Own Art scheme, please contact us

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