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.

Basquiat With Regency Crown

A couple of weeks ago I arrived at work to be told I wasn’t supposed to be there.

My response was to dash to the Barbican and see the Basquiat exhibition.

God, it was good. Although, I would not recommend going dressed as a gallery assistant.

The Jean-Michel (dancing at the Mudd Club, 1979), above, was taken from a leaflet acquired at the scene. Photograph by Nicholas Taylor and Dead Human Design.

His crown comes from a National Theatre leaflet advertising a new play by Rory Mullarkey entitled Saint George And The Dragon. Mr. S and I went to see it on a rare trip out together. The leaflet shows a photograph, by David Stewart, of actor John Hefferman sitting with a fry-up in the Recency Cafe . Don’t even think about sitting down before your food is ordered. You’ve been warned. The crown is cut from the curtains.

I hand-stitched Jean, and his crown, to this flimsy-as-hell paper.

All of my work is numbered. This piece is 854.

Moore’s Modern Methods

I bought this in a charity shop about four years ago. I was going to use it as an address book, but it’s still empty. The paper is thin and fragile, and the clever metal mechanism is a bit rusty.

Made by Moore’s Modern Methods, 19-21 Farringdon Street, London EC4.

The company was established in 1909 and is still trading, as Moores Of London, except it isn’t in London anymore. That’s all I could find out online. I’ve emailed and tweeted them to see what they know about the early days. More to follow, hopefully.