1. London Faces Patchwork – Charlie Chaplin


“Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself”

This is the first square of my London Faces Patchwork. It is a patchwork of papers gleaned from the pavements of the city in which I live. There are twenty-five squares making up the whole piece. You can see it here.

Charlie Chaplin (1889 – 1977) is a fine first face. This shows him in Easy Street (1917), a short film reflecting aspects of his South London childhood. He not only financed and produced all his films (except one), he was the author, actor, director and soundtrack composer. Yep.

I love Charlie Chaplin. His statue seems to have disappeared from Leicester Square.

It saddens me that I can’t name the other people in the image.

He died on Christmas Day, 1977. I was sewing this square on Christmas Day.

Here he is. Enjoy.

I cut the square from ‘BFI Southbank, May 2015′. The film was shown for free to people over sixty years of age on 18th May, 2015. I think he would’ve liked that.

The patchwork is in my shop.


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