"From Lion To Tooth" (ceramics, embroidery, audio, flag, publication), 2022
The work From Lion To Tooth spins a fabled tale of cultural, botanical and historical encounters from the lion and the dandelion.Inspired by a sewing machine from the Museum's collection, a story emerges, dazzled by the sun, quivering from the roar of lions and thriving in our meadows. Many flowers, some more splendid and others more simple, have decorated sewing machines at different times in the history of sewing machines: from the rose to the lily, from the poppy to the water lily, to the gentian, edelweiss and daisies- not so the dandelion. The dandelion, ubiquitous in our meadows, with its plump yellow flower umbels, serrated leaves and long taproots, is not to be found on any sewing machine. Quite in contrast to its namesake, the lion, which adorned sewing machines in countless forms. In almost all European languages, the dandelion bears the lion in its name, but the two, lions and dandelions, have probably rarely met in the wild. //// Shown at the Sewing Machine MuseumBIO
Leonie Brandner is interested in materialities and textures of stories, how objects can contain stories, and how materials are incorporated into narrative experiences of moments. Her work is influenced by botany, feminist practices, stories passed from one generation to the next, and an ecological care we give to our environment.