Title: The Grey Sock
Medium: woollen yarn, video installation
Sheryl Stephen’s pair of grey woollen partially unravelled socks stands as metaphor for the endless cycle of war events. The never-ending video shows the completion of a set of socks only to unravel and start again, and again… [Women and children knitted an estimated 4 million or so pairs across WW1 and WW2 in Australia alone, following the official ‘grey-sock’ pattern].
Soon after the war began, women and girls were knitting socks, scarves and balaclavas, for the soldiers. They knitted at home, on trams, in churches. When they ran out of knitting needles, they made new ones from bicycle spokes: when they ran out of dye, they used onion skins and wattle bark; when they ran out of wool, they learnt to spin their own. - Jan Bassett
Sheryl Stephens holds a Bachelor of Arts (Design) from Curtin University, WA. She has also undertaken further studies in Textiles at Curtin University and Visual Arts at Edith Cowan University. Sheryl works professionally as a graphic designer and is currently living and working in Albany, WA. Sheryl was a founding member of Mix Artists and has exhibited as an installation artist in various group exhibitions.