Lizzie's current work explores walking practices as a way to articulate the maternal experience. Using simple GPS tracking techniques to write words large on the land, Lizzie, along with a group artists who are also mothers, took time and space away from their responsibilities to extend the possibilities of "who writes what and where" in the British landscape. GPS Embroidery is an ongoing project, funded by the Arts Council.

 

During the group's residency, their work was on the beaches and headlands as they explored ideas of islandness, borders and tides in relation to concepts of "mother".

 

 

 

The name “GPS Embroidery” refers to the way the GPS signal to the satellites, mirroring the to and fro of the embroidery needle, as both create their path across spaces. Embroidery is usually associated with women and domesticity, a quiet hobby to pick up and put down in between the chores. Embroidering with GPS refers to these traditional understandings, but makes a claim for self-expression outside the home, in public space. 

 

Other performance, exhibition and publication contexts include DIEP’s Performing Parenthood festival (2017), LADA’s Study Room Guide to the Maternal (2016), Walking Women at Somerset House (2016), International Motherhood and Creativity conference at London Southbank University (2015), The Walking Encyclopedia (2014) and Ways to Wander (2015). Lizzie developed the performance documentation The Pilgrimage of the Prodigal Daughter (2013) as part of Bristol Old Vic’s Ferment.  Her practice- based PhD research considers walking documentation and its potential to re-frame the maternal beyond the suburban and the sentimental.