2-Hackney Estate London 58”x 40” - Tapestry/Wool, Clare Gardens London 28”x 19” - Tapestry/Wool, Brunel Estate London 10”x 14” - Tapestry/Wool
3-In her work ‘Estate’ Caroline Herman uses council estates in London as a prism through which to investigate another aspect of “Britishness” as those stereotypes that for a long time have been exported to the rest of the world – turning away from the image of green ribboned rural country lanes, patch-worked fields of rolling hills and imposing country mansions. Instead of the ‘green and pleasant land’, Herman focuses here on the urban architecture, namely council estates, which to her, are the jewel of the city she grew up in.
Herman uses the contrast between her subject matter and her medium to great effect. By creating these urban tapestries of council estates, Herman metaphorically binds and holds these threatened spaces in the act of sewing. She reminds us that there is a fine line between the heroic and the unheroic in the plain, straightforward language of stitching.