Thursday, 6th November
Today, Jasper the dog was a guest on BBC Breakfast.
He got lost on Scafell Pike, but social media went berserk and found him.
My little dog, which looks nothing like Jasper, was taken from Pancakes and Painted Eggs by Jean Chapman and illustrated by Kilmeny Niland (Hodder and Stoughton, 1981). Bought from the knackered-out section at Bromley Library.
I like to make art from stuff nobody else wants. Stuff from the bin. Stuff with a secret history.
I absolutely never cut up books which could otherwise be read, or clothes which could otherwise be worn. Nor, do I erase the blemishes left by life. I cherish life’s blemishes.
A few years back, I bought six vintage linen napkins in a charity shop, for the meagre sum of two pounds. So far, I have turned three of my napkins into sewn diaries, using fast food leaflets, old magazines and books.
Each of my napkins represents a month, with a different entry for each day. For example, the day Lynda Bellingham died, I added the Oxo box from my kitchen cupboard.