An Eco-Friendly Egg

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An eco-friendly Egg postcard can now be found in the Easter section of my shop. Of course, it doesn’t have to be used for Easter.

It is a unique, one-off piece. It is the original, not a print.

As always, it is sewn from stuff I rescued from the bin, used food packaging, a well-used London map (Geographer’s No.1 Road Map Of London, c1955), and my family’s old clothes.

It was made a couple of years ago, but I didn’t list it as I wanted to give the correct map credits. In those days, I did not keep such detailed records of the materials I used, and it has taken me a while to locate my notes.

I was drawn to the ‘Mental Hospital’ near Dartford Heath. Sounds awful to modern ears. After a little research I discovered that it was London’s seventh asylum, Bexley Hospital, built in 1898. It had its own farm, market garden, chapel and operating theatre. In 1915, there were 2,544 patients.

The grounds now contain a large housing development, The chapel is now a gym.

This is Mrs Harriet Thornton, a certified mental case. She was released in 1956, after a shake-up of Britain’s chaotic Lunacy Laws. It is not a spoof.

To the north of this, you can clearly see Ford Motor Car Works, by the Thames in Dagenham. In 1953 it employed 40,000 workers. In 1968, a strike, against sex discrimination, brought production to a standstill. In 1970 the Equal Pay Act was introduced.

All of my work is individually numbered, this piece is 726.

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Eleven ‘New Home’ Postcards

 

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Happy Saturday Everyone.

Here are eleven little ‘New Home’ postcards. Made, as usual, from used food packaging and clothes which have seen better days.

Mostly, I tend to use fabrics which happen to be in front of me, rather than hunting for stuff. So if you recognise anything here, that is because I used it to make my recently sold Picasso piece. Some of the houses are made from those red shirts (will I ever get to the end of the pile?), the doors and windows are made from Del’s shirt and my daughter’s skirt, the yellow roofs are Jade’s dress. You can read more about these clothes here.

Some of the roofs are made from a map, it was a page from a magazine. I have no idea about the magazine or the page. Maybe some of you might recognise it?

The green roof was a Gap shirt, purchased in a charity shop about ten years ago for my son. The pale blue roof was another charity shop purchase, it was a baby dress, worn by my daughter.

There are two new clothes items:

Purple gingham dress. Very special. I bought this in Scope, Lewisham, 2005. My daughter was three at the time, and was with me and a buggy-load of the usual fruit and veg we had just bought at the market. It must’ve been a Friday. It was a beautiful little shift dress that someone had hand-made for a small girl. It was perfect. There was a small red felt-tip mark at the hem, which I did not try to remove. My daughter wore it for years, first as a dress and then as a top over leggings. There are too many happy memories to mention in which this dress was present.

Green blouse with yellow floral print. My mam’s. She likes to wear synthetic clothing, which I don’t normally use in my work. However, she wore this to my sister’s graduation. It was perfect for the little hill on which every house stands.

The map in the background is taken from ‘Ordnance Survey East Sussex Street Atlas’, published by Philips in 1992. Konked-out, obviously.

A couple can be found in my shop.

Have a great weekend,

Alison x

PS. Have you heard about the ‘Just A Card’ campaign? It is to encourage people to buy from Designer Makers & Independent shops/galleries. Even the smallest of purchases will help them stay afloat. If you are on twitter, please give them a ‘like’ and help spread the word, they would really appreciate it. Thank you https://twitter.com/Justacard1

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5. Percy Drake Brookshaw, 1963 Birthday Postcards

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Kingsway English, Junior Series Book 1 by J.C. Gagg, with drawings by Drake Brookshaw. Published by Evans Brothers Limited, London 1953. This edition published in 1963.

Numbers: 329 – 338

Right, this is the last of them. I’m stopping at five for now. I have also made ones, threes and fours in previous posts.

All of the numbers have been sewn onto pages from the above book which is fifty years old and I ranted on about here.

337 is made from the back cover.

The numbers are made from Del’s purple shirt, which I also used in the Picasso piece. They have been mounted onto yellow card, which I rescued from the bin at work.

If you feel so inclined, you can buy one here. If you wait until 14th and 15th November, 2015, you will get 30% discount. Use the code GOLD50

Have a great weekend,

Alison x

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4. Percy Drake Brookshaw, 1963 Birthday Postcards

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Kingsway English, Junior Series Book 1 by J.C. Gagg, with drawings by Drake Brookshaw. Published by Evans Brothers Limited, London 1953. This edition published in 1963.

Numbers: 321 – 328

Hullo, Children (see 328)!

If you haven’t been following this project, you can find out more about this fifty years old book here. And if you want to see the cards for one and three, click on the links.

Meanwhile, back to the ‘fours’. I’m still using the coloured card, I found in the bin at work, as a mount for the fabric numbers.

The green gingham was given to me by a friend some years ago, before I had my own children. It used to be her daughter’s school uniform. I made her some birthday bunting with it.

The black and white spot is the torn lining of a bag. In fact, from the very bag I took to Lewisham Hospital when I had my son thirteen years ago. Incidentally, Del , whose shirts are featured on earlier numbers, drove us to said hospital with said bag.

Drake Brookshaw comes up trumps again with some beautiful drawings. 324 is my favourite, with the king and the poor man. Mam and Jane are making cakes on 326, with Dad and John nowhere to be seen. And I often wondered why our dog, Jess, used to turn around about fifty thousand times before she finally lay down for the night, and now I know (327).

If you are interested, you can find them in my shop. On 14th and 15th November, 2015, there will be 30% discount. Use the code GOLD50

Alison x

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Five Eco-Friendly Tower Block Postcards

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Five eco-friendly tower block postcards can now be found in the ‘Sale’ section of my Folksy shop, priced at £3.50 each.

Each one is a unique, one-off piece. They are all originals, not prints.

As always, they are sewn from stuff I rescued from the bin; used food packaging, old maps of London, my daughter’s worn-out clothes and postal labels (kindly pushed through my letterbox by my old Postie).

They were made a couple of years ago, at a time of experimentation, and are not nearly so slick as my current work, hence the price. Also, in those days, I did not keep such detailed records of my materials. However, I did not make them to sit under our bed in a shoe-box.

They are blank postcards, and can be used for any occasion which suits you.

They are bigger than regular postcards.

Everything (including sale items) will be reduced by 30% on 14th and 15th November, 2015.

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Three Eco-Friendly Flower Postcards

728. A sewn collage, made from used cereal boxes, a battered copy of Girl's Own Annual 1891 - making it more than 120 years old! The article on the page I have used is called The Emancipation Of The Seamstresses by Anne Beale.

728. A sewn collage, made from used cereal boxes, a battered copy of Girl’s Own Annual 1891 – making it more than 120 years old! The article on the page I have used is called The Emancipation Of The Seamstresses by Anne Beale.

Three eco-friendly ‘Flower’ postcards can now be found in the ‘Sale’ section of my Folksy shop.

Each one is a unique, one-off piece. They are all originals, not prints.

As always, they are sewn from stuff I rescued from the bin; used cereal boxes, worn-out clothes and books, train tickets and leaflets. I never cut up books which could otherwise be read, or clothes which could otherwise be worn.

They were made a couple of years ago, at a time of experimentation, and are not nearly so slick as my current work, hence the price. Also, in those days, I did not keep such detailed records of my materials. However, I did not make them to sit under our bed in a shoe-box, so I am selling them.

They are blank postcards, and can be used for any occasion which suits you.

They are bigger than regular postcards.

There will be 30% discount on everything in my shop on 14th and 15th November, 2015. More details to follow.

702. A sewn collage, made from used cereal boxes, a worn-out atlas and BFI leaflets.

702. A sewn collage, made from used cereal boxes, a worn-out atlas and BFI leaflets.

727. A sewn collage, made from used cereal boxes, the dust-jacket of a 1972 copy of The Great Movie Stars: The International Years by David Shipman (Angus and Robertson), and a dress once belonging to my sister.

727. A sewn collage, made from used cereal boxes, the dust-jacket of a 1972 copy of The Great Movie Stars: The International Years by David Shipman (Angus and Robertson), and a dress once belonging to my sister.

Seven Eco-Friendly London Postcards

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Seven eco-friendly London postcards can now be found in the ‘Sale’ section of my Folksy shop, priced at £3.50 each.

Each one is a unique, one-off piece. They are all originals, not prints.

As always, they are sewn from stuff I rescued from the bin; used food packaging, a 1950’s map of London, my daughter’s worn-out clothes and postal labels (kindly pushed through my letterbox by my old Postie).

They were made a couple of years ago, at a time of experimentation, and are not nearly so slick as my current work, hence the price. Also, in those days, I did not keep such detailed records of my materials. However, I did not make them to sit under our bed in a shoe-box.

They are blank postcards, and can be used for any occasion which suits you.

They are bigger than regular postcards.

Everything (including sale items) will be reduced by 30% on 14th and 15th November, 2015.

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