14. London Pairs Patchwork – Mr and Mrs Clark and Blanche


“It’s a useful thing, Photoshop, but I think it’s made a lot of magazines look very similar, rather boring.” David Hockney.

This is the fourteenth square of my London Pairs Patchwork. It is a patchwork of papers gleaned from the pavements (mostly) of the city in which I live. There are sixteen squares making up the whole piece. You can see it here.

The square shows a section of a David Hockey painting, Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy, 1971. I cut it from Tate Guide (Feb/March 2015), given to me by my friend, Cathy.

Mr Clark is the fashion designer Ossie Clark and Mrs Clark is the textile designer Celia Birtwell. They are in the bedroom of their Notting Hill flat with their cat, Percy*.

When Celia and Ossie were married in 1969, Hockney was their Best Man.

* I have just heard from my friend, John Loader, via Woman’s Hour (he thinks), that this cat is in fact not Percy but Blanche. Blanche did not sound good in the title. They did have a cat named Percy, but this is not he. Thanks, John.

All of my work is numbered. This piece is 795.

The patchwork is now in my shop.




3 thoughts on “14. London Pairs Patchwork – Mr and Mrs Clark and Blanche

  1. I took a torn and faded book out of a bin at school yesterday, to give to you. Not much of a birthday present, I know but I couldn’t leave it there when I know you’ll breathe life into it.

  2. Pingback: London Pairs Patchwork | Alison Sye

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