Napkin Diary For November 2014

This is a much better photo of my napkin diary for November 2014, and below are the links explaining the images and words.

Plus, I don’t think I mentioned that it is mounted onto a page from an old wallpaper samples book, given to me by my friend, Annie.

I have stitched four diary napkins for 2014. One for June (exhibited at The Mall Galleries, November, 2014), one for October, and, one for May.

All of my work is numbered, this is piece 612.

Candle, ducks, fish     Madonna and Child    Je suis Charlie, heart, pencils    HEART    Cricketer

Dentures    Guitar    Please look after this bear    Hat    Slaves    PD    Pipe man    Coventry

A gentleman is never unintentionally rude    All human life    Trouble makers      Rosetta

The most delightful people you will ever meet in your life     Nobody waits    Gag    Football

Indomitable spirit of goodness    Remember remember       Right Honourable    Man at C & A

I know this world is killing you    More cheese Gromit?     Fine and Dandy     Paintbrush

Stranger on the shore    Trespassers will be prosecuted   Dog     Mr. Turner     Lest we forget


16. Napkin Diary For November 2014


Tuesday, 18th November

The Imitation Game Spoiler Alert

On Saturday, all four of us went to the pictures to see a proper film. As a group, we have never seen a non-Pixar-type film at the cinema. Not that there is anything wrong with Pixar, but I thoroughly enjoyed this new experience and see it as us moving to a new level. I am looking forward to many more films. Bring it on.

The film was The Imitation Game. Benedict Cumberbatch plays yet another genius. It is about Alan Turing, a computer science pioneer, cracking so called uncrackable Nazi codes, which gave the Allies advance warning of bombing raids, and the like. Anyway, they had to allow some attacks to happen regardless, so the Nazis wouldn’t twig.

Today, it suddenly dawned on me that Coventry was one of the raids they knew was going to happen. I can’t stop thinking about this.

Sickeningly, after the war, Turin was chemically castrated by the Government. A year later he killed himself. ‘They’ think he shortened the war by two years.

The film is based on the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges.

The letters were cut from Completely London and were drawn by Harry Malt, Debut Art.

Changing the subject completely, my two talented blog hop nominees have now hopped!

You can check out Richard, here, and Giova, here.




New Readers:

I like to make art from stuff nobody else wants. Stuff from the bin. Stuff with a secret history.

I absolutely never cut up books which could otherwise be read, or clothes which could otherwise be worn. Nor, do I erase the blemishes left by life. I cherish life’s blemishes.

A few years back, I bought six vintage linen napkins in a charity shop, for the meagre sum of two pounds. So far, I have turned three of my napkins into sewn diaries, using fast food leaflets, old magazines and books.

Each of my napkins represents a month, with a different entry for each day. For example, the day Lynda Bellingham died, I added the Oxo box from my kitchen cupboard.

November is my fourth napkin this year, the others are June, May and October. Some of them can be found in my shop.