This is a film about the Tales of the Unfinishable exhibition which is currently touring the UK. The exhibition is the outcome of a two year collaborative project created by artists Hazel Connors and Felicity Clarke which explored the reasons why many of us keep pieces of creative work whilst knowing they will never actually be completed. Intrigued by this behaviour and phenomenon, the artists have been collecting contributions of 'Unfinishable' textile pieces and their stories, ranging from everyday to traumatic, and have created a single artwork - a textile pavilion attributed to all project participants - out of over 200 submissions. Externally celebratory and displaying a huge range of textile skills and craft, the pavilion interior is more reflective and focuses on the stories both aurally and visually.
Both the exhibition and film, as well as the accompanying book, bring a subject often associated with guilt and failure into the open and celebrate the Unfinishable as a necessary and fascinating part of any creative endeavour.
The film was made by Bea Holden during the Tales of the Unfinishable exhibition at the Knitting and Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace, London, October 2012. Both artists believe that it captures the exhibition as well as the collaborative and democratic nature of the project perfectly.
The Tales of the Unfinishable exhibition and tour is supported by Arts Council England and Twisted Thread.