London Faces Patchwork

AlisonSye

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.

  1. Charlie Chaplin
  2. Paul Weller and Martyn Goddard
  3. Laura Knight and Ethel Bartlett
  4. War Worker
  5. Unknown
  6. Giraffe
  7. Alfred Hitchcock
  8. Sleeping Child
  9. William Shakespeare
  10. Singers
  11. Mick Jagger and David Bailey
  12. Sherlock Holmes
  13. Elizabeth 1
  14. Boat Race Rowers
  15. Virginia Woolf
  16. Kate Moss and Allen Jones
  17. Noel Coward
  18. Turner
  19. Blitz Shelterers
  20. Phil Veacock and Chris Tostevin-Hall 
  21. John Keats and Charles Brown
  22. Bus Boy
  23. Duke of Wellington
  24. Marcel George
  25. The Last Tram

47 thoughts on “London Faces Patchwork

  1. I like the array of faces and how they are not aware of each other, but we can see them both as a crowd and then focus on the individuals. I look forward to hearing their stories and I also wonder how you decided who got to be next to who or whom or whatever, in your composition?

    • They decided where they should go, you know how it is. I never notice their expressions towards each other until I am finished and have a chance to really look properly. Hitchcock makes me laugh, he looks like he is saying he is much more important than everyone else.

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    • Hi Martyn, I am so sorry you got to me before I got to you. I was just looking for your twitter address when I got your comment. Nobody has ever responded so quickly! I usually send a tweet to the illustrator/photographer right after I’ve posted here – saying ‘hope you don’t mind’ and then a link to the post. So far everyone has been lovely. Thanks again for taking the time to comment.

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