Some Old Men

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I have made a few cards from vintage knitting patterns.

You can see the documents below, so you know what they looked like before I cut them up.

The no-longer-available Sylko thread is beautiful, giving the smoothest stitching experience I have ever had. Fact not euphemism.

Printed around 1965, is my guess, since the prices are ‘old money’.

I have paired them up with those Waverly envelopes.

All of my work is individually numbered. The camera guy is 822, the older man is 823, and, the pipe man is 824.

They may be used as Father’s Day cards, or they may not, and will start appearing in my Folksy Shop over the next few days.

 

I’ve done a YouTube video, it’s not very good…

https://youtu.be/Zoldo3fF8uk

Me to the HouseElves, “Is it free to do YouTube?”

HouseElves to each other, “Oh God!”

Yep, this is my fifth attempt. The others wouldn’t upload. Apparently, I need a more streamable file format. If I knew what that meant I would do it, obviously. Also, the video is phone shaped. And tiny. Two black stripes down the side. Big ones. The black stripes are bigger than the video. Don’t expect much. It last ten minutes. Room for improvement…

Ethel Bartlett by Laura Knight

Portrait of Ethel Bartlett (1896 – 1978), pianist. Born in London in 1896. Atkinson Art Gallery Collection.

Painted by Laura Knight (1877 – 1970), who has a blue plaque on her house in St. John’s Wood. In 1936 she became the third woman elected to the Royal Academy. In 1945 she asked to be sent to record The Nuremberg Trials.

The square is cut from a leaflet (*see below) for the exhibition ‘Laura Knight: A Life In Portraits’, National Portrait Gallery, 2013. Brian Sewell said, “This shoddy little show is a disgrace”.

This is the twelfth patch of my ‘London Exhibition Patchwork’. It is a patchwork made from leaflets of exhibitions I have visited in London. There are sixteen squares in total.

You can see the whole piece here and in my shop, or you can follow my progress on Instagram, if you are so inclined.

*The ‘love you’ bit was added by me.

Refridgerator By Allen Jones

Refridgerator by Allen Jones.

The Square is cut from a Royal Academy leaflet, advertising Jones’ retrospective in 2014. I visited this exhibition the same day I went to a Schiele exhibition at The Courtauld. Both exhibitions could have been perceived as pornographic. Yet, the Schiele I saw as being extremely beautiful, favourite exhibition of the year, in fact. The Allen exhibition, made me feel uncomfortable. I have never liked his work, but reserved judgement as I had only ever seen reproductions, until this show.

This is the eleventh patch of my ‘London Exhibition Patchwork’. It is a patchwork made from leaflets of exhibitions I have visited in London. There are sixteen squares in total.

You can see the whole piece here and in my shop, or you can follow my progress on Instagram, if you are so inclined.

Egon Schiele

Standing Nude With Stockings (detail), 1914, by Egon Schiele.

The Square is cut from a leaflet for a Schiele exhibition, at The Courtauld (2015). Photograph by Monika Runge.

I have always loved Schiele, but this exhibition blew me away. I saw it nine times.

This is the ninth patch of my ‘London Exhibition Patchwork’. It is a patchwork made from leaflets of exhibitions I have visited in London. There are sixteen squares in total.

You can see the whole piece here and in my shop, or you can follow my progress on Instagram, if you are so inclined.

Annette

Bust of Annette by Alberto Giacometti, 1954.

Annette and Alberto met in Switzerland during the Second World War, and were married a few years later. Along with Giacometti’s brother, Diego, she was his main model until he died in 1966. After his death, she embarked upon a fight against the counterfeiting of her husband’s work.

The square is cut from a NPG leaflet for ‘Giacometti: Pure Presence’, 2015/16.

This is the eighth patch of my ‘London Exhibition Patchwork’. It is a patchwork made from leaflets of exhibitions I have visited in London. There are sixteen squares in total.

You can see the whole piece here and in my shop, or you can follow my progress on Instagram, if you are so inclined.

Sonia Delauney

This is Sonia Delauney at Bielefeld, in 1958.

The square is taken from a leaflet for a wonderful exhibition at Tate Modern in 2015. My favourite exhibit, by far, was a blanket she stitched for her son Charles, in 1911. I have wanted to attempt a recreation of this blanket ever since, but so far have not found the time.

Photographer not credited.

This is the sixth patch of my ‘London Exhibition Patchwork’. It is a patchwork made from leaflets of exhibitions I have visited in London. There are sixteen squares in total.

You can see the whole piece here and in my shop, or you can follow my progress on Instagram, if you are so inclined.