Common Threads features work by artists from Submit to Love Studios, exploring ideas of heritage, talent and the many ways underrepresented stories can be told.
Based in Hackney, Submit to Love Studios is home to a collective of self-taught artists. They have developed a set of unique practices and interests, refined over more than a decade. All of the artists have survived brain injuries - some use this to inform their work, while others take inspiration from the world around them.
This exhibition features new work by 23 artists, using Autograph’s collection of photography as inspiration for textile works. Photographs charting the contribution of diverse cultures to Britain over two centuries have been reimagined by the studio as elaborate embroideries, appliqué and fabric prints. The artists have also used the collection as inspiration for self-portraiture, reflecting on personal histories.
Inspired by the collective’s lived experience of brain injury, Common Threads explores ideas of heritage, talent and otherness, as well as the many ways underrepresented stories can be told. In keeping with the studio’s collective ethos, a number of these works have been created collaboratively. For many of the artists this is the first use of textile and embroidery in their practice.
Submit to Love Studios’ work appears alongside a selection of portraits of the artists by photographer Leon Foggitt, and a short film by filmmaker Posy Dixon.
Submit to Love Studios is based at Headway East London, a charity supporting survivors of brain injury.