Thursday, 15 February 2018

Year 3015 - Lesley Cartwright - Small World Futures

Lesley Cartwright, #unsettledgallery No.8
Small World Futures is a collection of 38 miniature sculptures depicting what life could look like in years to come. Each of these small artworks will be placed in public spaces (#unsettledgallery) around London Bridge. Every day throughout February we will be featuring one of these worlds here on the website. A writer will also use the world as inspiration to create something new and fresh, their words describing the shape of a new world.

Lesley Cartwright, #unsettledgallery No.8
Today we discover the Small World Future of....Lesley Cartwright
The year is 3015.....


After the Revolution was put down
They unpicked us,
Unravelled our stitches
between taut fingers,
Their scissor tongues
snapping –
One by one
the threads that bound us
Fell to our feet, unwound,
Severed tangle of loose ends,
dangling the prize
Of Freedom.

Click. Clack.
We come back
Stitch by stitch
and row by row,
Rebuild our silvered spires,
stabbing in the static
throb of rain,
Through every hole
we glimpse the starlight,
Knotting our walls,
Higher and higher –
Our hearts needles,
Our resolution sharp.

Rebecca Lowe

Lesley Cartwright
You can find Lesley Cartwright's Small World Future behind the Greenwood Theatre on Snowsfields, London Bridge, #unsettledgallery No.8. If you can find it then you can take it home, or perhaps you will leave it for someone else to discover.

Lesley Cartwright was born in Liverpool but later moved to Essex to run a Hostel for homeless teenagers. She made her name in the commercial graphic field and music photography until she developed MS and now paints portraits from her Billericay studio. Cartwright is a multitalented artist who is not bound by genre nor convention. The work you see here is an extension of a fabulous Pokémon Go project where she knitted small versions of Pokémon characters and left them in public places for collectors to find. Cartwright has been exhibiting with CollectConnect since the Cardboard City exhibition in 2013.

Rebecca Lowe
Rebecca Lowe is a Wales-based writer, editor and performance poet. She has been featured on BBC Radio 4's Poetry Workshop, and her work has appeared in anthologies including Bristol Poetry Can, Red Poets, Blackheath Countercultural Review, and Three Drops from a Cauldron, an anthology of poetry based on folklore and myth. She also plays hammered dulcimer and zither, which she sometimes incorporates into her performances.

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