You can see the works below in an exhibition I am taking part in at Deda, Derby which is curated by David Manley. 2 November 2017 to 2 January 2018.
This is Me 2017
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.
Faith, Hope & Fate commissioned artist for ‘Unknown People’
This is new work in progress for ‘Through Our Hands – A Portrait’ at the Festival of Quilts 10 to 13 August. There will be around 12 to 14 portraits when completed.
I’m in the process of making this series of self-portraits which are slightly different to usual. These portraits show me as someone else.
But who am I really?
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.
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.
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 .
Do You Remember Me? book published 2016 price £10
This book was published to accompany my solo exhibition Do You Remember Me? at the Knitting & Stitching shows 2016
Alexandra Palace, London – 5 to 9 October
RDS, Dublin – 20 to 23 October
HIC, Harrogate – 24 to 27 November
Documenting the thoughts and processes behind my series of portraits and self-portraits, stitched and painted marks on cloth; one embroiderer’s personal examination of memory, self and relationship with self.
When we observe ourselves, what do we see? Our observations and opinions of ourselves can change and our memories can alter those observations and opinions over time. My observations have been recorded in a way that invites the viewer to take a glimpse inside my life and draw their own conclusions.
Family Tree (below) 2016
An installation of 18 images which explore relationships with, and between, the artist’s immediate family members; grandparents, parents, sons, daughters, in laws are all represented here.
Images below are of the work installed at the 2016 Knitting & Stitching Shows in Dublin (left) and Alexandra Palace, London (right)
Numbers 58 t0 63 of 63• a Self Portrait were completed in 2016
Family Portrait (below) 2016
Inspired by Gilbert & George’s self portrait ‘We’ this is a portrait of the artist’s immediate family
Self Portrait with Fish (below) 2016 mixed media
This self portrait was inspired by a gifted image. Thank you Gienia Bartlett, Leeds EG.
The fish is a symbol of the artist’s Grimsby heritage.
Self Portrait with Fish on a Washing Line 2016 hand stitch
Shifting Images 8 September 2015 – 6 March 2016 – a group exhibition of self-portraits, Grimsby, UK
Illustrative and Stitched Drawings – 28 November 2015 – 10 January 2016
part of the Drawing Project, Customs House Gallery, South Shields, Tyne & Wear, UK
Trait – Portrait • April 16 to September 26, 2016. My work Portrait of Benjamin Bohin will be shown as part of the Normandy Impressionist Festival
(www.normandie-impressionniste.fr) at the French needle manufacturer La Manufacture Bohin, Saint Sulpice – Sur -Risle, France
People • Place • Time – 27 May to 10 July • solo exhibition – Howden Park Centre , Livingston, Scotland, UK
Making Space – 16 June to 3 September • 62 Group exhibition – Silk Museum, Macclesfield, UK
Do You Remember Me? October/ November invited gallery artist Knitting & Stitching Shows 2016 • Alexandra Palace, London, RDS Dublin, Harrogate International Centre