Remember those red shirts?
Well I have been working on another red shirt piece for about a month, on and off. It is pretty tiny, you can get an idea of the size by looking at Ursula’s cuff in the bottom left corner. That’s me in the top left corner. There are 19 different uniforms in this piece, and I know who owned each and where they are positioned.
It had crossed my mind that I could enter it in the annual Discerning Eye Exhibition. Anyone can enter, you just hand in your smallish work (at the Mall Galleries) and pay a tenner, and then wait to see if you are selected. I’ve never entered before.
So today, I decided that I would give it a try and trotted along after work. Very long queue. Everyone’s art was professionally framed, except mine. You have to hand it in without packaging, so you can see all of the work. They were all neatly taped up at the back. Mine wasn’t.
I felt a bit embarrassed about my frame, but there is a story behind it.
The large uniform piece, currently nailed to my wall, turned out to be £280 to get framed. I am not complaining about this, I don’t want it framed cheaply. I believe in paying well for a job well done. I found a lovely framer in Beckenham, the same day I found that tablecloth. However, I do not have £280, so the framing will have to wait. I mentioned this to a friend, as I was sewing this small piece. My friend is pretty skint, has no car, and lives nowhere near Ikea. This did not stop her trekking to aforementioned shop, buying me a frame and surprising me with it. It was lovely of her.
I wanted to yell at everyone in the queue “My lovely friend bought this for me”, as some of them were so obviously looking down their noses at my frame, or maybe it was my work, I’ve only just thought of that.
So anyway, I’ve handed it in, a little concerned that I haven’t met the ‘framing criteria’.
The photos show the work before, and after, varnish.
Have a good weekend,