3. Barcelona Patchwork

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Here is the third section of my Barcelona patchwork, another six still to finish.

As always, made from stuff I rescued from the bin.

Sorry this is short, I saw the ugly side of Facebook yesterday and it has upset me. I am putting my energy into making stuff, and keeping away from the internet.

Have a good week,

Alison x

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Barcelona Patchwork Postcard

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I started making this postcard, from discarded leaflets and the like, whilst on holiday in Barcelona last month.

The little squares are torn, as I didn’t have any decent scissors, and then sewn onto a page from a museum booklet.

The needle and thread were bought from El Corte Ingles.

Back in London, I machine stitched the collage to a piece of grey card taken from the bin at work. Every time I open a box of brochures, I find the most beautiful piece of A4 card positioned on top, to protect the goods. Depending on who opens the box, the card is either saved for me, or put in the bin.

On the back of the postcard, where the message is written, I have sewn a bit of index card and a piece of Filofax divider. Again taken from the bin, this time in the doctors’ waiting room.

I have tried to give all of the leaflets credit in my diagram above, but in some cases a little bit extra is needed:

C and D. We had two lovely meals in Buenas Migas, during one of them I spilled a whole glass of wine over my daughter’s feet. I have cleaned her sandals lots of times, but they are still sticky. Every time I walked by Buenas Migas, I helped myself to a used tray mat from a recently vacated table.

E. This came from a leaflet from MACBA, I am sorry to say I don’t know the artist. Anyone?

J. An empty sugar wrapper from Granja M. Viader, a wonderful old Barcelona milk bar. It was established 140 years ago. The children had their first, and best, churros here.

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K. This is the front cover of a MACBA leaflet, I used the pages from the same booklet to mount my patchwork.

L. I’m sorry to say that I don’t know where this picture came from. Hopefully I’ll add this at a later date.

All of my work is individually numbered, this is 601.

It can be found in my shop,

Alison x

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1. Barcelona Patchwork

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A short and sweet post, due to the fact that I am coming to you from my phone… arghhhh!

This is the first little section of my Barcelona patchwork. I intend to join together nine sections, eventually.

As usual, everything used was going to be discarded. Leaflets and maps, that you pick up on museum visits etc…

So far I have six sections, although most are not sewn yet. I put these sections together the night before we left Barcelona, staying up way too late. The intention was to sew them in London. I had no decent scissors, so the little squares are torn.

I can’t remember who did the central painting, I think it was Luis De Morales.

This morning, I emptied the last bit of sand from my bag, and changed my watch back to UK time. None of us wanted to come home.

Have a wonderful weekend,

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The back. I can’t remember where this green leaflet came from. I think it was the Miro Foundation, but it could be MACBA.

Alison x

Picasso’s Dog

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We are still without a computer, I am blogging with difficulty from my phone. I apologise for the briefness and the rubbish photos.

I made this little piece in Barcelona last month, just adding the final touches in London.

On a visit to the Picasso Museum, those little dogs (at least, I think they are dogs) he painted, as part of  Las Meninas series, made me smile. I have seen reproductions of these paintings many times, but never really looked at the dogs properly. But in the flesh, the dogs were the first thing I noticed. I did lots of sketching in the museum, it was bliss.

I made most of this at the flat we were renting. When I started, I didn’t know it was going to end up with a dog (more like a fox, in this case) in the foreground. It just sort of evolved. There is another similar piece I am working on, but apart from that I will make no more like this. Although, I do plan to do a piece entitled ‘The Long-Legged Dogs of Barcelona’, inspired by an observation my daughter made. But it could be twenty years before that comes about.

As usual everything I used had been discarded.

The base of the picture was a postcard from Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona (CCCB), which I painted with green paint and then scratched with a chopstick (from Wok To Walk near Jaume 1). I have tried to take a photo of the postcard next to the finished piece, so you can see how I ended up with those particular shapes. The woman is the sky. Not sure who she is, does anyone know? She looks like Kim Novak.

The little houses were windows cut from one big building. I made a note of the leaflet, but I can’t find it. Hopefully, I will add this information at a later date.

The dog was drawn and painted on a leaflet, also from CCCB.

The houses are sewn with some pale yellow thread I bought in a charity shop in Barcelona. The dog is sewn with red thread from El Corte Ingles. I wouldn’t have bought this, if I had stumbled upon the charity shop first.

I am putting it into the Barcelona section of my shop.
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This is the back, which I always prefer. You can’t see it now that I’ve mounted it onto fancy paper.

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A section of Las Meninas, Conjunto (33). Pablo Picasso, Cannes, 1957. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. He would turn in his grave if he saw this photo!

‘Twas Quite A Few Nights Before Christmas

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Last week, I (and all the other sellers) got an email from the good folk at Folksy telling me to get my act together, Christmas-wise, only they said it in a more professional way.

Having removed the fifty-six shoe boxes I have squirreled around the house, I discovered these beautiful Gorsline illustrations, half-made.

The American Artist, Douglas Gorsline did the most beautiful illustrations to accompany the classic poem ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, by Clement Clarke Moore. This version was published by Random House in 1975. The quality of the print is exquisite (my phone pictures do no justice) and the paper is that lovely heavy matt I’m always ranting about. Surprisingly, the pages were stapled together, you can usually expect a bit of beautiful stitching with paper of this weight. Needless to say, the pages have all fallen out. Of course, the book was ripped and torn and in a general bad state of repair, otherwise I wouldn’t consider cutting it. Usual rules apply, I never cut up a book which could otherwise be read.

Instead of my usual food packaging, I’ve used some old Paperchase Christmas cards as a base. A friend gave me a couple of packs a few years ago, which she had bought in the sale. She decided not to use them because they seemed faulty, sort of a rubbery glue on the back, maybe a printing problem? Anyway, the glue came off easily with a razor blade. It’s good quality recycled card. There is a lovely little penguin on the back, but the designer is not given credit, so unfortunately I can’t name him or her.

So far I have made nine cards, there is scope for making more, but I might leave it until next year.

They are in my shop.

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Don’t-Climb-On-The-Horse Horse

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Saturday was the final day to enter work for consideration for the ING Discerning Eye exhibition.

A good friend had printed the form for me on expensive paper, so I felt obliged to fill it in and enter.

I should’ve really had the work framed, but I couldn’t justify the expense.

I put it in a pizza box, given to me by a kind lady in Sainsbury’ s.

I arrived at Charing Cross with fifteen minutes until the deadline. Rushed through a passionate Save The NHS demonstration in Trafalgar Square. Jogged by what remained of the Don’t-Climb-on-the-Horse horse (four holes in the ground), removed, I suspect, because nobody took any notice. Handed in my pizza box to the nice man at the desk. And went home.

Yesterday, I found out my work was accepted.

So, unless they have made a mistake, my June napkin will be on display at the Mall Galleries from 14th to 23rd November, 2014.

No idea how I will hang it.
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