On The Beach


The man in the square, as far as I know, is a fictitious father of three children, and husband of a fictitious wife. He was painted in 1937 by Alfred Lambart for Great Western Railway. See below for full poster. Taken from National Railway Museum Diary 2015. Published by Frances Lincoln Limited, 2014.

You can see the whole piece here.



Henri Matisse


“An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success.” Henri Matisse, father of Pierre, Jean and Marguerite.

You can see the whole piece here.

The square was cut from a Tate Modern Leaflet, 2014. Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs. Photo by Lydia Delectorskaya at Hotel Regina, Nice, c1952.



Paul Klee


Paul Klee (1879 – 1940), father of Felix.

Paul made about fifty puppets for Felix, using stuff that was to hand. My dad used to do this sort of thing.

You can see Paul’s wonderful puppets on Clive’s blog post,  here.

The square was cut from a Klee exhibition at Tate Modern in 2013/14. The photograph is by Felix Klee.

You can see the whole piece here.





You can see the whole piece here.

The patch was cut from a diary*, given to me by my friend, Aine. It is part of the painting, Emigrants by Raffaele Gambogi (1874 – 1943), and shows a father and child.

*The Folio Society Diary 2014. Published in 2013 by The Folio Society, 44 Eagle Street, London WC1.



Richard Beckinsale


Richard Beckinsale, who died in 1979, aged 31.

Father of Samantha and Kate.

Beckinsale made his television debut in 1969, as PC Wilcox on Coronation Street. He arrested Ena Sharples.

You can see the whole piece here.

The square was cut from Britain In The Seventies by Ronald Allison. Published by Book Club Associates, London, 1980. The book was dedicated to Sheila and Philippa, and was retired from a local library. Photographer unknown (to me).




Postman Pat


Postman Pat, father of Julian. Created by John Cunliffe.

You can see the whole piece here.

Taken from a very badly made book which had dropped to bits. Illustrated by Joan Hickson and published by Tempo Books (3, Standard Road, London NW10) in 1988.



Dads Patchwork

AlisonSye798Mostly made from knackered old books which were beyond reading, but I used some postcards, a diary and some museum/theatre leaflets, too.

1.Postman Pat    2.Richard Beckinsale    3.Emigrants    4.Paul Klee    5.Henri Matisse

6.GWR Poster     7.Prince Charles    8.Clark Gable    9.Humphrey Bogart    10.Damien Hirst

11.Ai Weiwei   12. Pepito’s Father   13.Joseph   14. Peter Blake   15.Stewart Lee   16.John Lennon