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Thurle Wright

  • Paper worker
  • Folkestone, United Kingdom
  • Master Artisan
Thurle Wright Paper worker

Exploring language

  • • Thurle used to be an English teacher
  • • Her work is made using strips of paper
  • • She is inspired by the texture of language

Thurle Wright’s craft is to link the material of paper with a sense of what literature conveys, by reconstructing pages of books. For two decades, she has been exploring the texture of words, visualising texts and representing them using craft techniques. With a degree in literature, Thurle became a teacher but found that it wasn’t enough and went to art school to explore her desire to find different means of expression. Her creativity kept pulling her back to language and English literature. She began to cut up documents and books to reconstruct them, questioning the linguistic systems and the inescapable web of language. Rearranging the deconstructed texts in patterns that reflect her sense of its texture, she draws attention to the gaps and spaces in meaning and feeling of language that goes deeper than words.

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Photo: ©ThurleWright

Images and text cut from atlases, star guides, adventure stories, children's encyclopaedia, etc. The paper is curled or 'quilled' in an adaption of an ancient technique, giving it the strength to hold small images in place, as though floating in space.

Length 80 cm
Width 80 cm
Height 7 cm

Photo: ©ThurleWright
New Order I

The text for this wall piece handcrafted by Thurle Wright is from Foucault’s book, The Archaeology of Knowledge. The text is cut into strips and embroidered through slits on a tea-stained canvas.

Length 50 cm
Width 40 cm
Height 7 cm

Photo: ©Thurle Wright
Love's Not Time's Fool

This piece by Thurle Wright is made from extracts from a book of Shakespeare’s sonnets. The cut pieces of paper are arranged in a floral pattern using acid-free glue on watercolour paper.

Length 84 cm
Width 60 cm
Height 7 cm

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