Hannah Dinsdale (b.1992) lives and works in London.
I have chosen a selection of works for this online platform that have been made in the last year, some realised collectively and some independently. Everything from ghost stories, to tie-dye note books and hand-stitched wobbly beanbags, my work is connected through a collection of personal narratives of how I experience the world.
Over the last year, I have been working from home as well as from an office space in Central London with three artists and friends under the name of ADAM. As my practice had no solo physical space, it was thrown into a collaborative territory, squeezed together with other artists, whether over Zoom or in the office. A new approach to making has provoked an interest in collective making, thinking and viewing art. We made a book and you can purchase it here.
Hand-dyed fabrics are often present in my work, but aren't defined by it. The process is sensory and it allows an event to take place. Binding, folding and tying is building a narrative. Boiling water with pigments leaves its unpredictable mark. The story is revealed when you release elastic bands and clips, and let the colours leak.
The image above of a cat is part of a project called Home Body. I work part-time as a play and support worker with a small charity in North London and created workbooks for neurodiverse adults who’s weekly art club had been cancelled due to Covid-19. You can see more of this project here.
The image to the left is my feet in an installation I made with Sophie Giller and you can find out more about this project here.
Medium:Dyed cotton in a notebook
Size:20 x 25 cm
I wrote this story based on a sleepover that we had in an office at Adam House, off the Strand, in October 2020. Due to Covid-19, London was strangely quiet and I found the experience quite spooky. Since lockdown restrictions eased in April, and me and my dad both had our vaccines, we worked on the story together from my parent's house in London.
You can find out more about ADAM via our Instagram.
Earlier this year I worked with Sophie Giller on a duo show called ‘Rock-a-stack’. The title of the show came from the digital drawing (left) and the tapestry (right). Through many WhatsApp voice notes and Zoom calls, Sophie and I created the tapestry together based on my original digital drawing. As a child plays with a Rock-a-Stack toy, they are building and layering while learning hand-eye coordination, and connecting in a tactile and sensory way to the material world. We both felt this approach of understanding materials reflected our process-led way of working and became the starting point for our collaborative show.
You can read our exhibition text and see more images here.
Medium:Digital drawing & hand woven tapestry
Size:Tapestry size: 143 x 88 x 6cm
In response to my practice, my friend and artist Alice Walter has written the following text:
The colour blue is a very curious creature, precious from its rarity in history and yet common above us; loving in its motherly healing yet staining in its indigos and melancholy. She brings it down to earth and breathes life into it, through the electricity of dyed veins and the spring of cushioning: building an energy system of care. There is a refusal to blindly accept the myth of ‘impossibility’ that rules access exclusive and energy a commodity.
More images and full text can be found here.