The fourth version of Running Stitch was made in Umeå, Sweden from 6 June to 6 September 2009. It was part of the Open Source Embroidery exhibition curated by Ele Carpenter at Bildmuseet Umeå, supported by Bildmuseet and HUMlab.
The exhibition then toured to the Museum of Craft and Folk Art in San Francisco where the finished Umeå canvas was shown with a video of the walking and stiching process on alongside it. 2 October 2009 to 24 January 2010.
The canvas is about 8ft square, roughly the same size as it was in Dundee. Gallery visitors were invited to either walk or stitch, and some people came in pairs to stitch each others walks. The gallery is situated between a forest and the city so they kinds of walks people made were quite different. Researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Umeå have been working with the indigenous Sami people in Sweden to track reindeer using a similar live GPS system. In reference to this the thread colours for stitching were based on the colours of Sami flag.
This work was first exhibited at Fabrica in Brighton (see Running Stitch in the menu for a full description.)
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