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Saturday was the final day to enter work for consideration for the ING Discerning Eye exhibition.

A good friend had printed the form for me on expensive paper, so I felt obliged to fill it in and enter.

I should’ve really had the work framed, but I couldn’t justify the expense.

I put it in a pizza box, given to me by a kind lady in Sainsbury’s.

I arrived at Charing Cross with fifteen minutes until the deadline. Rushed through a passionate Save The NHS demonstration in Trafalgar Square. Jogged by what remained of the Don’t-Climb-on-the-Horse horse (four holes in the ground), removed, I suspect, because nobody took any notice. Handed in my pizza box to the nice man at the desk. And went home.

Yesterday, I found out my work was accepted.

So, unless they have made a mistake, my June napkin will be on display at the Mall Galleries from 14th to 23rd November, 2014.

No idea how I will hang it.

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Napkin Diary For June 2014

 

Well that’s it, twenty-four posts later (and more hours than you would guess), I’m signing off on my June napkin piece. It will be exhibited at The Mall Galleries, November, 2014.

I have mounted it onto a page from an old wallpaper sample book.

Explanations for each entry can be found in the links below.

I have also made napkins for October,  May and November, 2014.

All of my work is numbered, this is 552.

Q     Victor Moses     Blue Car    Faces From The Great War    Hellish    Alison Sye June 2014  Cyclist     National Treasure, Peter and Jane, Pointing Finger     Festival Hall     Hack    Nurse     7-1     All Mess And N0 Eton     Ugly     Camp     Suzanne, SW19      Orgreave, Sinatra, Assassins   Fully French, Ashes, Rabbit, Picture Of Health     Brunch, Felfie, Rape, Scooby Snack, Skin   Crap Monday, Cataclysmic     Terminal 2, Gross, Price     Classy, Nutter, Luck

 

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23. June 2014

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I need to double-check, but I think this ‘Q‘ is the only thing on my napkin I haven’t yet recorded.

On 8th June, I was waiting for the train to work. It was a beautiful Sunday morning, and I was the only person at the station. I took a photo, posted it on my Facebook Page, and asked for suggestions for a word for my napkin.

The first suggestion came from Cheryl Robinson, who said ‘tranquil’. I said I liked it because the first bit sounded like ‘train’, and the second bit was an old-style pen. I also said that I would look for a ‘Q’ when I got home that evening. In the end I picked the word ‘brunch‘, but have felt bad ever since about that ‘Q’ I said I would find.

So Cheryl, this ‘Q’ is for you.

To see the making of the rest of my napkin, click on ‘552‘, in the cloud.

Have a great weekend,

Alison x

PS. My shop will reopen on 1st September, 2014.

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22. June 2014

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This is one of those Panini World Cup stickers, which ‘swept the nation’ during June 2014. I bought the book in a charity shop before the tournament was even over. There were some unused stickers inside. I could not give this one away for love, nor money. Poor Victor Moses, he looks so grumpy.

You can see the making of the rest of my napkin by clicking on ‘June 2014 Napkin’ in the cloud.

Have a great week,

Alison x

PS. My shop will reopen on 1st September, as will a Facebook Page giveaway.

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21. June 2014

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Unless I am mistaken, which could well be the case, I only have a few more things on my June napkin to record.

Blue Car. Taken from ‘How We Go’, published by J.M. Dent in 1975. The artists are Kailer and Lowndes

This is because I am 47 years old and have never owned a car. Ditto my husband, except he is 48.

My parents didn’t have a car, in fact nobody in my street did, so it’s not like I’ve grown up with anything other than public transport or Shanks’s pony.

One of the things I noticed when I moved to Bromley was the amount of eighty-somethings driving around the streets. This is a strange sight for me. You never see old people driving in my home town, because they couldn’t afford to learn to drive and buy a car when they were younger. Old people in my home town can’t drive, not one of them. Except maybe if they’ve moved there from another, more affluent, place, but that never happens.

Anyway, I would really love a car.

If you would like to see a record of my entire napkin (below), click on ‘June 2014 Napkin’ in the cloud.

Have a smashing weekend, my first weekend off in years, incidentally,

Alison x

PS. My shop will reopen, and a Facebook Giveaway will start on September 1st, 2014.

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20. June 2014

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I was trying to fill in the gaps on my June napkin with relevant pictures. This seemed to fit the bill, with it being exactly a hundred years since  Gavrilo Princip assassinated Franz Ferdinand. It is a flyer, pulled from the bin, of an exhibition about The Great War at The National Portrait Gallery. I have sewn every face from the leaflet onto the napkin, and I will tell you who they are in a moment.

First, I just want to remind you that my shop will be closing in a few days. I will reopen on 1st September. Most things (not the computer, yet) are now boxed away, ready for the building work to begin. I think it best that I cancel the August Giveaway on my Facebook Page, too. I will be running my operation from my ‘phone, and if you know me you will already be laughing.

My intention is to blog every Tuesday and Friday during August, although it may just be Friday. I want to record the making of my May napkin, which is coming along nicely. I like it better than the June one. Not sure if this is because all of the information was recorded before I started sewing.

By the way, I joined Instagram last week, if any of you are interested. I have no idea how to add the link to that, but it’s just my name if you’re searching. I’m on Pinterest, as well. I generally follow back.

Anyway, back to my June napkin.

Baron Von Richthofen, Field Marshal Von Hindenburg by August Bocher, 1917 (copyright IWM), William Orpen (IWM), Jack Travers Cornwell (IWM), A Grenadier Guardsman by William Orpen, 1917 (IWM)

Baron Von Richthofen: Field Marshal Von Hindenburg by August Bocher, 1917 (copyright, Imperial War Museum): William Orpen (IWM):  Jack Travers Cornwell (IWM): A Grenadier Guardsman by William Orpen, 1917 (IWM)

Field Marshal Haig by William Orpen, 1917 (IWM):  Churchill by William Orpen, 1916 (copyright National Portrait Gallery): Edith Cavell, 1910s (NPG): Soldier with Facial Wounds by Henry Tonks, 1916-18 (copyright The Royal College of Surgeons): Major J.B. McCudden by William Orpen, 1918 (IWM): Gavrilo Princip, 1914 (IWM): Unidentified, 1915 (IWM).

Field Marshal Haig by William Orpen, 1917 (IWM): Churchill by William Orpen, 1916 (copyright, National Portrait Gallery): Edith Cavell, 1910s (NPG): Soldier with Facial Wounds by Henry Tonks, 1916-18 (copyright The Royal College of Surgeons): Major J.B. McCudden by William Orpen, 1918 (IWM): Gavrilo Princip, 1914 (IWM): Unidentified, 1915 (IWM).

A Royal Irish Fusilier, 'Just Come From The Chemical Works, Roeux, 21st May 1917 (IWM): Hermann Struck by Lovis Corinth, 1915 (copyright Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, Munich).

A Royal Irish Fusilier, ‘Just Come From The Chemical Works, Roeux, 21st May 1917 (IWM): Hermann Struck by Lovis Corinth, 1915 (copyright Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, Munich).

Mata Hari (IWM): Siegfried Sassoon (IWM).

Mata Hari (IWM): Siegfried Sassoon (IWM).

 

Isaac Rosenberg, 1915 (NPG): Unidentified by Ernest Brooks, 1917 (IWM).

Isaac Rosenberg, 1915 (NPG): Unidentified by Ernest Brooks, 1917 (IWM).

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If you would like to find out about the rest of the napkin, click  ‘June Napkin’ on the cloud to the right of this post (or at the end, if you are viewing on a mobile device).

Have a great week,

Alison x

 

 

 

19. June 2014

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Hellish   23rd June

This relates to a documentary I was watching on the iplayer. It was about the artist, Jack Vettriano, who is a pitman’s son.

Jack was talking about the fact that a miner would never romaticise  being down the pit, and described the conditions as hellish. He went on to say that only people who have never been down a coal mine would ever romanticise  it. This is true.

My dad was down the pit at fifteen years old. He never talked about it much, but we all knew how horrible it was. Some things are obvious, working deep underground in cramped, wet conditions, knee-deep in water all day. Even as a child I knew his lungs were covered in black tar, as I could see it when he came in and spat in onto the fire. I can sill hear the hissing coal.

But some things aren’t so obvious. Like where do you go to the toilet? I’ll tell you where. You go in exactly the same place as you sit to eat your sandwiches. Sandwiches you eat with hands that are only white for two weeks of the year. Sandwiches you eat as you watch rats running around in front of you. And I’m not talking about Victorian times, either.

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If you have not been following my napkin work, and have no idea what I am talking about, then read on (if you have been following, then I am about to repeat myself) and I will explain. The idea, at first, was to sew a word onto an old napkin for each day of the month. A word with some relevance for that particular day. However, as usual, I didn’t stick to my own brief. ‘One word’ soon became ‘a few words’, or sometimes a picture. The aim is to end up with a memento of the month. If you look at the cloud to the right, or at the end of the post, and click on the ‘napkin’ heading, you will be able to view notes about the other words.

Have a good weekend,

Alison x

P.S. We are having building work done in August, due to finding loads of rotten floorboards (a twenty year leak we knew nothing about when we moved here, a few years ago) and asbestos. Anyway, we will be living in one room with a microwave, which we have yet to purchase. Meanwhile, I have to pack everything away, including the computer.

I have decided to close my shop for the whole of August, but will continue with my giveaway.