The following was originally published June 25, 2010 at http://sallydarlison.blogspot.com/2010/06/long-socks-new-exhibition.html
Well here it is, the first entry into blogging world.
My next exhibition is nearly ready to go. Long Socks has been 2 years in the making. The work has been printed,knitted, stitched and photographed ready to be presented to the world.
See the videos about my work on Youtube. My friend Rod kindly filmed and edited the videos and set up the wikispaces site- please have a look. www.sallydarlison.wikispaces.com
Long Socks
Art by Sally Darlison 2010

Belonging
to be a part of a group- have the right social qualities to part of a group, fit in specified place or environment, be a member
Tribe
a social division in a traditional society consisting of families or communities linked by social, economic, religious, or blood ties, with a common culture and dialect, typically having a recognized leader
Team
group of players forming one side in a competitive game or sport.
two or more people working together

Sport typically creates a sense of belonging in its team members and supporters, each sport having an identity that is similar to that of a tribe- linked by a language and behaviour common to each game.
Three sports that each have a strong individual culture and identity are Rugby Union, Soccer, Australian Rules Football.
Each have a strong and passionate following and most supporters follow only one of these sports. To belong to the tribe one must understand the culture- know the rules, wear the team colours, talk the language, know how to react. To an outsider some of the tribal behaviour may be perplexing.
In each of these sports there are identifying marks linking each to the tribe and then individual teams. The types of cheers, songs, names given to certain moves,all are distinguishing differences.
Whilst each wears a uniform of shirt, shorts and socks, there are slight differences in style, fabric and colours.
However, in all three of these sports the team players wear long socks.

This body of work is an exploration of both the similarities and differences in three football games. The similarities of the long socks, boots and a game played on grass and the defining differences in style of shorts, leg movement, athletic build, rules and goal posts.
The artwork consists of lino prints on paper and silk with collaged elements - including knitted socks, maps of the grounds, rules and first aid instructions.

so put the date in your diary- August 11 - 28 red gallery 157 St Georges rd north Fitzroy Victoria Australia
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