We understand making memories as a personal, organic process and, as such, a fallible one. We deal with those glitches in the system, the things that are not quite, not quite right. We all fabricate memory, fill in gaps, even if we are unaware we are doing it.
In order for us as human beings to experience and participate in a shared language, memory must exist behind the words. In cases where memory disintegrates, language nullifies this bleakness. Things are lost in translation: slipp
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"Memory and language are bundled together. So when memory disappears, the victims are not only diminished but also yanked out of the only context they have ever known."
Dasha Kiper, The deviousness of dementia, The Guardian
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Ellie and Violeta met while studying MA Illustration: Authorial Practice at Falmouth University. Ellie is currently undertaking her second year as a part-time student, whilst Violeta graduated last year and is now based in Barcelona.
Ellie and Violeta have mutual interests in language, mental health and book form. Prior to the MA, Ellie studied English and Philosophy at York University and Violeta studied Fine Art at Universitat de Barcelona.
Sophie's project is a scarf for her niece - Anna. Our project experiments with the connections made in the brain, the nuances of language and the slippages in memory experienced in the early stages of dementia.
Paralleling the physical act of making with her mental processing, Sophie's knitting exposes the reader to her sea of memories.
A Stitch in Time Saves Nine is a paperback novel depicting Sophie's mental slippages. The book design and typography reflect her oscillating thoughts. Throughout the novel, several themes surface, plunge and bob back into her mind, the sea being the space where all her memories and thoughts come together, break apart and rekindle.
A Sense of Place is a collection of postcards of the south west of England. By placing parts of Sophie's narrative on to the postcards, her personal memories become attached to the places. They also reflect unusual connections that Sophie makes between everyday events and the spaces around her.