Happy Cassidy

David Cassidy, who died on 12th April, 2017.

Made from a cutting from the Metro (23.11.17. Photograph: Getty Images) and a page from this book. The image is Reds And Yellows Of Harvest Time by Guiseppe Santomaso, 1957.

The crown came from an advert for the Tower Of London (scroll down to see), cut from Time Out London (31 Jan – 6 Feb, 2017). The photographer was uncredited. Royal Collections Trust.

The banana was cut from the Guardian (18.1.18). Photo: dutchscenery/ gettyimages/ istockphotoagency (take your pick!).

Hand-stitched using my nana’s thread.

15 x 21cms.

All of my work is numbered, this piece is 860.

It is a one-off. Never to be reproduced in print form. It goes against my grain. I do not add stuff to the world, but use what is already here.

David Bailey Takes The Biscuit

Hand-stitched collage, made from discarded papers and my nana’s thread.

12.5 x 20cms.

All of my work is numbered, this piece is 853.

It is a one-off. Never to be reproduced in print form. It goes against my grain. I do not add stuff to the world, but use what is already here.

Not to be reproduced online without giving credit to the people below.

David Bailey was cut from a photograph (Associated Newspapers/ Rex Features) entitled ‘Queen Elizabeth II meets David Bailey at the British Clothing Industry Reception At Buckingham Palace, 2010’. No doubt he is giving her some grief.

The picture was taken from a book (David Bailey Exposed, 2013) in the shop bin at work, I think it had been misprinted in some way.

The biscuit is a lip balm thingy. I cut it from ES Magazine (25.8.17). The photograph is by William Bunce.

I hand-stitched Bailey, and his biscuit, to this flimsy-as-hell paper.

Two Little Boys

Tea-towel hand-stitched collage, made from discarded newspapers and books, and my nana’s old thread.

46cms x 61cms.

All of my work is individually numbered, this is 852.

It is a one-off piece, never to be reproduced in print form. This would go against my grain. I don’t add stuff to the world, but use what is already here.

Strictly not to be reproduced online without giving credit to the people below.

 

Boy 1:

Prince George on his first day at school. Photograph by Richard Pohle. Cut from the London Evening Standard, 7.9.17.

With the legs and right arm of his great grandmother, then Princess Elizabeth, with her dog, Jane. Studio Lisa, 1936. Studio Lisa was founded by Jimmie and Lisa Sheridan, grandparents of Jenny Hanley, Magpie presenter.

His left arm belongs to his father, Prince William, cut from a book (Faces Of The Century, NPG 1999) which I took from a bin. It was part of a painting by Nicky Philipps, 2009.

The cat, at his feet, was part of a knackered book (The Nicholas Thomas Story Book by Kitty Styles, illustrations by Mary Kendal Lee, 1948).

His hat belonged to King Henry VIII, c1520. Unknown artist. NPG. It came from the same book as his left arm.

Boy 2:

Prince Charles, grandfather of Boy 1. He is wearing his favourite ski suit, pale blue with a pattern of dancing sailors and battleships. 1950. Photographer uncredited.

His crown was taken from his mother’s coronation portrait by Cecil Beaton, 1953 (same bin-book as Boy 1’s left arm).

The collection tin was also his mother’s. She held it when she was a princess, outside Worthing Town Hall in 1951, a year after the photo of Charles was taken. Photographer uncredited. His shoulder jewellery was taken from the same portrait as Boy 1’s hat.

He is standing on the Whitechapel Fatberg. Cut from the London Evening Standard, 14.9.17. Thank you to Sam Fishwick for telling me the photographer is Mark Writtle and the red-gloved hand belongs to Ronnie Floodwater.

Brexit F

Rodney Bewes and James Bolam, as Bob Ferris and Terry Collier in Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads. Taken from an abandoned Metro, 23.11.17.

Written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, BBC, 1973/74. REX Photographs.

Brexit F, cut from a cartoon by Christian Adams. London Evening Standard, 27.11.17.

Background, embroidered linen hanging print. English c1750. V&A Museum.

Hand-stitched using my nana’s thread.

27 x 20cms.

All of my work is individually numbered, this piece is 859.

It is a one-off piece, never to be reproduced in print form. If reproduced online, credit must be given to the above people.

 

Nice One

Hand-stitched collage made from discarded newspapers.

31cms x 24.5cms.

Cyrille Regis, died 14th January, 2018. A proper hero. Would’ve been 60 today. Photograph (Rex Features) cut from the London Evening Standard (15.1.18).

Michael Bond, died 27th June, 2017. Thank you for the words you chose, the ones you didn’t, and the perfect order in which they were placed. Image cut from the London Evening Standard (14.12.17). Still from Paddington 2. Cinematographer: Erik Wilson.

Peter Wyngarde, died 15th January, 2018. Actor. Always. Image cut from the Guardian (19.1.18). ITV/Rex/Shutterstock.

They have been stitched (using my nana’s thread, as always) to a print of Sea-Monsters And Vessels At Sunset by Turner (1845, Tate). Watercolour with touches of chalk on paper.

All of my work is individually numbered, this piece is 862. It is a one-off, never to be reproduced.

MES And Bella

Mark E. Smith and Bella Emberg, both of whom died in January this year.

Hand-stitched collage made from found newspapers.

The photograph of MES, taken by Kevin Cummins in Salford (2011), was cut from the Guardian (25.1.18). He is wearing a Myanmar Border Guard’s hat, cut from the same newspaper (photograph by Lynn Bo Bo), which has been bejazzled with the rare sapphire from Eugenie’s engagement ring (Metro 23.1.18, photographer uncredited).

The background is a print of a watercolour sketch of Zurich by Turner (Tate). Ruskin said it wasn’t very good.

I used my nana’s thread, as usual.

All of my work is individually numbered, this piece is 861. It is a one-off, never to be reproduced.

Biscuit Basket Basquiat

Jean Michel has been cut from a Barbican leaflet (Boom For Real, photograph by Edo Bertoglio), and hand-stitched to a page from this book, using my nana’s old silk thread.

The biscuit comes from a Co-op food advert, taken from Time Out London (March 22-28, 2016. No. 2372).

The Amazonian basket is used by women to carry bitter cassava, to make bread. Taken from Artefactos by Liliana Villegas and Benjamin Villegas. The photograph was taken by José Fernando Machado, Jorge Eduardo Arango, Diego Sampler or Diego Miguel Garcé. It is unclear which.

Photographs of materials, below.