If you are a regular visitor, you will know that I have made handsewn artwork from things found in the bins of various cities I have visited.
At some point last year, it occurred to me that I have not made a patchwork of my own city. No idea why, as I have a mountain of discarded material perfect for the job.
So, I spent the Christmas break making this.
Now I need to find my notes, sort out my photographs, and research these London faces. The following posts will be the gathering of this information. Sometimes, this can take as long as making the actual artwork, but I feel compelled to do it. Whenever possible, I always credit the photographer and designers whose work I use.
Once I have posted about each individual square, I will tag the credits to the end of this post (16.2.16: see below).
My aim is to write about one square each evening.
Some of the squares have been cut from old library books. Retired, after years of loyal service, and in rather a sorry state. I never cut up books which could otherwise be read.
It is not a print. It is a one-off.
16.2.16: I said goodbye to my patchwork yesterday morning. It has just arrived at its new home in Newcastle. It will hang in the hallway, overseeing the comings and goings of two beautiful little girls, getting taller and taller and taller, as they come home and go out, and come home and go out, and come home and go out.
All of my work is individually numbered. This piece is 790.
- Charlie Chaplin
- Paul Weller and Martyn Goddard
- Laura Knight and Ethel Bartlett
- War Worker
- Alfred Hitchcock
- Sleeping Child
- William Shakespeare
- Mick Jagger and David Bailey
- Sherlock Holmes
- Elizabeth 1
- Boat Race Rowers
- Virginia Woolf
- Kate Moss and Allen Jones
- Noel Coward
- Blitz Shelterers
- Phil Veacock and Chris Tostevin-Hall
- John Keats and Charles Brown
- Bus Boy
- Duke of Wellington
- Marcel George
- The Last Tram