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Inspiration for Stitch – Part 2 – The East End of London

In this second post about my inspiration I take a look at the East End of London, and my love affair with the Grimsby Street area. The street is situated in E2 and shares its name with my hometown. In the early 2000s both my sons lived in London so I was a regular visitor. My younger son, Sam lived in Hackney at that time and had come across Grimsby Street E2 when visiting a friend nearby. The next time I visited he took me there and it was love at first sight.

Here are some of the images I fell in love with. They may seem strange. It’s quite rundown, but an art school education taught me to look and to see beauty in the smallest detail and to enjoy the ‘out of place’. When I look at these vistas I see my next piece of work.

The images above inspired pieces that depict the then, the now and the journey in-between. The first pieces I made were East End Chair and Closed pictured below.

East End Chair is a portrait of my Grandmother Annie Jane Smith sat in an abandoned armchair nursing a fish. My hometown of Grimsby is best known for its connection with the fishing industry and the fish represents the prosperity the fishing industry brought to the town.

Closed depicts the demise of the Grimsby fishing industry. The closed shop sign represents the end of the town’s prosperity after the Cod Wars in the 1950s and 60s.

This series made in 2012 combine 2 or more images to represent the passing of time and the transience of life. A Girls Day Out, East End Girls and RIP Grimsby St E2 version 1 & 2.

East End Girls combines an image of my grandmother, Alice Ann Stone, her daughter Madge and my Mum Muriel May Sone with an image of 2 abandoned east end sofas. It’s 128 cms wide x 104 cms high.

A Girl’s Day Out for Hilda, Nellie and Ida combines an image of 3 Grimsby sisters Hilda, Nellie and Ida with an image of Grimsby Street E2 graffiti by graffiti artist Stik.

RIP Grimsby Street E2 versions 1 & 2 chronicle the knocking down of part of Grimsby Street E2 in the run up to the 2012 London Olympics. An analogy between 2 different eras and 2 different environments .1930s Grimsby girls meet London 2012

The ever changing images of street art are fascinating. I have now been documenting the area for more than 10 years. Part 3 of the inspiration for Stitch posts will look at my documentation of the South Bank and more recent pieces inspired by the East End.

Anna Scott : I am inspired…

Anna Scott who is an Australian embroiderer and blogger has kindly posted about my work.

Anna Scott : I am inspired….

It was so refreshing to get an email from Anna asking if she could use my images for her blog. Usually people just help themselves nowadays. I don’t really mind this on the whole as the images are usually used by students as reference material. Reproduction for financial gain would be another thing but images of my work can be found all over the internet and I like to share. She asked me why I use the image of a fish so often. It ‘s quite simple really. My hometown is Grimsby in Lincolnshire in the UK. Grimsby was once the largest and the busiest fishing port in the world and was known as the ‘ Klondyke of the East Coast of England’. Sadly this is no longer true, the northern cod wars with Iceland put paid to that and the place has gone to rack and ruin. Actually there are quite a few of my pieces that are about this very thing with references to a Grimsby St in London which has been knocked about somewhat in recent years. My family was very involved in the fishing industry both as fishermen and fish merchants so the fish has become my signature if you like, a symbol of where I’m from and I usually try to include on somewhere on my major pieces. The image below shows the first work in which I included a fish.

Public voting for the craft&design selected awards 2014 is now open

To vote for me please go to at the bottom of my makers page  http://www.craftmaker.co.uk/suestone/

image of Woman with a Fish 2007

Woman with a Fish 2007

Penny Burnfield’s Japan – introduction

Penny Burnfield is a fellow member of the 62 Group of Textile Artists and has a keen interest in gardens and gardening . Here she tells of her recent trip to Japan to help hang the 62 Group exhibition.

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I’ve wanted to go to Japan for most of my life. One of the first gardening books I bought was “The Gardens of Japan” by Sima Eliofsen. I remember reading it from cover to cover. I longed to go and see these wonders for myself. So when an opportunity arose at the end of 2013, I took a deep breath and said “I’ll go”.

I belong to the 62 Group of Textile Artists and by dint of persistence and good fortune we were able to send an exhibition out to Tokyo. So the primary reason for the trip was to help our Japanese member, Atsuko Yamamoto, to “hang” the show.

Those people who visit art shows but have never been involved with their organisation, can have no idea how much it involves: unpacking – arranging a disparate selection of work into a harmonious whole – lugging moveable boards and display…

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Grimsby’s “magnificent” Ice Factory

My hometown Grimsby was featured on the Food Programme on Radio 4 on Sunday Sheila Dillon extolled the virtues of Grimsby Traditional cold smoked haddock and the the wonderful building that is the Great grimsby Ice Factory. Here’s a quote from what she said

“Grimsby Docks are extraordinary. If you want to know about Britain at the height of it’s imperial power, come to Grimsby Docks. Over there is the Ice House (Ice Factory), I mean it’s a palace, it’s a red brick palace with porticos and grand arches around the windows and it used to produce hundreds, thousands of tons of ice for one of the greatest ports in Europe. Now the windows are smashed, I don’t know whether any part of it is still in production. It certainly doesn’t look like it, it looks as though they bring in the ice from outside. But it’s the grandest building and it shows you what Grimsby used to be and in a way it shows you what the traditional fish smokers actually want to revive about this place, it’s magnificent.”

The image below shows Sheila Dillon with Richard Enderby of Alfred Enderby Ltd , traditional Grimsby fish smokers.

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A new home for East End Girls aka Alice, Madge and Muriel

I am delighted to say that one of the major pieces from my Stuff and Nonsense exhibition will soon be going to a new home in London although I will be very sorry to see it go. I have a soft spot for this piece as it combines some of my favourite people with one of my favourite places. It was first exhibited in the 62@50 exhibition at the Holden Gallery at Manchester School of Art in 2012.

Looking for Lace in Bruges

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On a recent trip to Bruges I came across this fascinating gem of a lace shop tucked away in the Saint Anne quarter, behind the church.The shop has its own special way of displaying its stock which goes to create a unique atmosphere.
Selling only hand made lace it is packed full of an eclectic mix of beautiful lace, both antique and contemporary. They also sell lace making materials of all kinds, cotton, linen,silk, bobbins, and embroidery patterns and can provide expert knowledge of there wares.
If you are in Bruges and want to see some good quality hand made lace, do go to this shop. It’s well worth a visit.

Road Trip • Autumn 2011

Just back from my Autumn road trip revitalised and raring to go. The trip took in a couple of days at the Drunken Duck Inn in the beautiful Lake District. We were celebrating my husband’s birthday and our 36th Wedding Anniversary as well. We met up with our friend Steve Holmes with whom we enjoyed a couple of pints of the very tasty Barngates Brewery Cat Nap Ale.
After a couple of days relaxation at the Duck we moved on to Leeds for a stop-over on the way to the Hepworth, Wakefield. I love Leeds as a city especially the Victoria sector. 
We called in at Whitelocks  which sadly was very lacking in atmosphere this time. The recession has obviously hit hard. 
Searching for a Tapas bar we happened instead upon Carluccio’s  which had a fantastic meal deal on. I can really recommend trying it. 

Then on to the fantastic Hepworth in Wakefield. This was our first visit and I was very impressed by everything about it. I am a big fan of Barbara Hepworth so it was great to see a whole section of the Gallery devoted to showing the way she worked. It was wonderful to see so many young people at the Gallery. Many were participating in the various workshops on offer over half term. 

The scale of Clare Wood’s work (above) was incredible and indeed the larger pieces worked much better, in my opinion, than her smaller scale works. 

Wakefield’s Modern Art Collection are shown alongside pieces on loan from other collections . The Ben Nicholson’s were a joy to see, especially a small piece featuring fish which I had not seen before. 

I particularly love the mark making aspect of Hepworth’s work and the way stitch is used within it. 

It has to be said that the Hepworth also has a great Café, a vital ingredient of a Museum/ Gallery and a very high quality Gift/Book Shop where I stocked up on greetings cards.
GGIFT are working hard to get something of this quality at the Ice Factory in Grimsby.