Home Is Where The Fridge Is

by Karen Spencer 

‘Home Is Where The Fridge Is’ is Karen Spencer’s quirky collection of embroidered fridge magnets. The text-based magnets range from motivational phrases to pop culture references to gently thought provoking messages that reflect upon our current climate. Environmental sustainability is a priority for Karen, so the project has been created entirely from discarded materials. This installation takes place in the Mudfest Virtual Exhibition (yes, there’s a fridge in there!), and Karen is also hosting a free online workshop where participants can create their own magnet.

This work can also be viewed in our virtual gallery here.

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A photograph of multiple colourful embroidered magnets displayed together. Some of the embroidered quotes include: ‘suns out guns out’, ‘dream outside the box’, ‘choose your own adventure’, ‘I got 99 problems but a stitch ain’t one’, and ‘be a cupcake in a world of muffins’

Work in progress shots

Various fridge magnets - advertisements of anything from local plumbing to a charity designed to support pharmacists. The same magnets - however they have now been painted in white. The bottom most magnet is in the process of being painted over - we can see the wet brush being wielded.

A hand peeling off the sticker that sits upon the fridge magnet.

Video description: Progress video of sewing the coloured fabric border onto a magnet. Red thread is being sewed around the border of a now painted over magnet.
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Video description: A timelapse of the fridge magnet being embroidered. Initially all we can see is an orange cartoon dinosaur – a sped up hand stitches the word ‘roar’ to the right of the dinosaur.
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Watch the interview below for an insider scoop into Karen’s life and artistic practice, hosted by Steph Markerink – Mudfest Visual Arts Creative Producer.

Created by: 
Karen Spencer


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