Live textile installation

“Live by the foma* that make you brave and kind and healthy and happy.” Books of Bokonon, Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut harmless untruths

Lies and truth, truth and lies. These things drive us apart and connect us in equal measures. The fabric of truth and lies, of humanity, are created, laid out and recreated in *Ellen Coyle’s Foma. Sewing and embroidery techniques combine with subtle choreographed movement to create stories told by human faith and folly.

Ellen’s work is based on the curious phenomenon of the Fibonacci system, a mathematical system which weaves itself through the patterns in nature, such as the reproductive patterns of bees or the arrangements of pinecones. Ellen’s patterns are arranged in accordance with the Foma intertwined in society to create movement, and her costume pieces reflect the recurring patterns of human behaviour.

Costumes and textile collages are on display at the Southbank Promenade for four nights during the Festival. Displays change nightly.


Ellen Coyle

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