Socks, assorted plastic, recycled media, fabric, thread, wool, string
About the work
The process of making Puppet –Trees recalls the history of the puppet as street performer and tool for engaging the community. The work is inspired by the yarn bombing trend, the idea of bringing an age old craft to the street, the shared dilemma of lost socks, and the current interest in recycling. Individual sock characters become part of a whole, uniting the community through a shared experience of making.
Puppet –Trees was created with the collaborative input from a number of different areas, not-for-profit groups, schools, sporting associations, organisations in the arts and welfare sector, and local businesses, through the donation of socks and media, providing a space to run workshops, spreading the message, and making sock puppets.
Sonia Ward is best known for working with a range of recycled media, from computer components to discarded bras. The artist explores the boundaries between attraction and repulsion, transforming discarded and found objects into humorous and occasionally, unnerving forms with a puppet like appearance.
* The caliber of work presented at Strand Ephemera 2019 was at such high standard that the judges wished to name a Highly Commended, along with the major award winner.