WHAT THEY ARE
- calico bags with gusset, made in India
- printed with water-based ink
- dimensions: 35cm deep, 38cm wide, 10cm-wide gusset (panel) at sides and base.
ABOUT THE DESIGN
Force Majeure's translation from French is roughly "Act of God" and grammatically, it's "feminine". It's also a legal clause that a few people have felt the effects of this year, as COVID-19 lockdowns began to change the employment landscape all over the world.
Neither of these common definitions is directly where the concept came from for me. I came up with it years before everything went tits-up in 2020; call it prescient, if you like.
Without spelling it all out, I'll just say that in the beginning I carved this linocut because I was thinking about how qualities which have been labelled feminine (the "yinness" of opening up, softening) could be the way forward for us all. This design is about balance though, about how creativity and change aren't always pretty or convenient. It's about what we humans have in common underneath all of our special identities, and it's about what "creator" means.