Clare Smith – Bitter Harvest

Bitter Harvest by Clare Smith 2013 (Before dyeing)
1.5m wide X 220cm long. Cotton fabric and thread, racks, cups, dye, bowls, from left, wheat, barley, rice.
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Clare Smith
Artist Statement

My work investigates the relationship between commerce, the environment and the damaging effects of ‘the race to the bottom’, where the consumer and importer demand the lowest price and the manufacturer is forced to cut corners to secure a profit.

Water treatment is expensive and rivers in textile manufacturing countries, run blue or pink or turquoise with waste-water run-off from the textile industry. The dyes are so strong that it is possible to predict fashionable colours for the seasons ahead by looking at Googlearth.