first shown at Festival of Quilts 2017 in the Through Our Hands gallery ‘A Portrait’
Individuality, distinctiveness, uniqueness form our identity; who or what we are. This series of self-portraits was inspired by the humankind’s urge to categorise. Whatever you think you see in these images it is still me.
Visual decoration or types of clothing may suggest class, culture, creed, religion or ethnicity. The outer shell and its various wrappings; skin, clothing, accessories, may change and alter appearance as they do. The viewer is asked to form their own opinion of who I really am. The person portrayed whose the inner soul remains the same throughout is me.
This is me 6
This is Me 2
This is me 3
This is Me 4
This is Me 5
This is Me 8
This is Me 10
This is Me 11
This is me 12
This is Me 9
This is Me 7
This is Me 1
Faith, Hope & Fate commissioned artist for ‘Unknown People’
My new online Texture & Pattern course in conjunction with my sons Joe & Sam from Textileartist.org is open for registration until 23/06/17.
The course is all about focusing in and pushing the potential of just a few basic textile techniques (like hand stitch and appliqué), so you feel empowered to develop a visual vocabulary that is personal to you.
And, because founding students get lifetime access, you can immerse yourself in regular, manageable bursts of creativity on your own schedule.
Crafts Council Directory Maker of the Week is Sue Stone whose exhibition ‘Displaced’ is currently on at Owen James Gallery in Brooklyn, New York.
“It’s the starting of a new piece that’s my favourite part; the holding and manipulating of the cloth in my hands, the first stitches going in and the anticipation of what the result will be. Having gone through the long and often anxious process of thinking and forming ideas, I find the process and rhythm of making very restorative.”
We talk to Sue about what got her into making, what inspires her and what she’s currently working on. Read our full article here: http://bit.ly/2prBv4e
Alf Pitcher, my father-in-law was in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. My husband clearly remembers playing with his Dad’s Royal Navy issue sewing kit and now after searching the old sideboard in the living room my brother-in-law John has found it and I have it safely stored for inclusion in my 2018 exhibition.
and in a similar vein this memory from H. Wade.
I have now catalogued hundreds of your memories and have been looking for some common threads. Knitting, crochet and sewing dominate. No surprise really as most of the memories were collected at the Knitting & Stitching Shows.
Of the knitting memories I found this one from Pamela Richardson particularly fascinating.
“While in the Navy, Uncle Sid learnt to knit and throughout their married life they would share the knitting of any garment. Auntie Joyce would knit the front and back and Uncle Sid the sleeves. It worked for them.” This is a beautifully visual memory and I can just see them sitting either side of a fireplace in armchairs; she knitting the body and he knitting the sleeves.
Pamela’s Uncle Sid and Auntie Joyce Jaggs at their wedding in 1953
Here’s an interesting a fashion faux pas from Maggie!
…………. and I’ve been experimenting with printed paper, organza and stitch – memory of a paper dress from Susan Enticknap. Experimentation gives me some more thinking time.
Clear thought is essential for me to process what I’m actually going to make. More soon .
I Remember You : The Collected Memories Project 2017 and ongoing
Some of the hand written Memory cards collected at Ally Pally 2016
It’s time for the sorting out and cataloguing to begin; in other words the hard work . Thought and time are as integral to my work as the actual making and with so much inspiration from the memory cards I collected at the Knitting & Stitching Shows in the Autumn my head is spinning with ideas.