Karin Boyes

Textile Artist

 

Karin Boyes

This year Karin, a Hampshire based textile artist, has used the Uniforms of British Soldiers as a catalyst to explore the deeper meaning and consequences of the War in Afghanistan. Using the colours of the campaign ribbons awarded to returning troops, she explores the individual soldier’s journeys using maps, military equipment and uniforms.

Through personal circumstances she understands the frailty of human life and her work highlights the cost in human tragedy of each devastating loss. She personalises the sacrifices that are being made on our behalf. Each single French Knot stitched with a long strand of red thread represents a life lost in the conflict. Whether a single thread on a work, or a carpet of threads, the viewer is asked to share the loss felt by the families of these young soldiers.