32 Eyes

I’ve sewn thirty-two eyes. I don’t know why.

It’s pretty tiny, much smaller than it appears here (9cms x 9cms).

The ingredients are as follows: three of my nana’s threads (image below), a blue page from this catalogue, and, eyes cut from magazines and newspapers mostly gleaned from the bins of London’s public transport system.

In the following posts, I will do my darndest to credit the source of every eye, and every eye photographer.

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Half of this photograph of a woman’s face is taken through a normal lens, and the other half through a UV lens.

The picture was taken from Evening Standard Magazine (29.5.15), found on a train.

Scroll down to see the whole thing so far. Or follow my progress on Instagram.

If You Are New Here: This project started (January 2015) with me sewing junk-mail faces onto a big woollen blanket. It has since expanded to include images from magazines and leaflets, I find in bins and on public transport. ‘Uninvited’ was the working title, until I changed it to ‘Mostly Uninvited’. Unless I tell you otherwise, take it that the portrait was part of some junk mail, pushed through my letterbox. I will always credit photographers, illustrators, designers and the faces, whenever possible. All of my work is numbered, this is 632. If you search this number in ‘Categories’, you can find out about the other faces.

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11. London Pairs Patchwork – Paddington Station, 1937

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“In Britain, a cup of tea is the answer to every problem.
Fallen off your bicycle? Nice cup of tea.
Your house has been destroyed by a meteorite? Nice cup of tea and a biscuit.
Your entire family has been eaten by a Tyrannosaurus Rex that has travelled through a space/time portal? Nice cup of tea and a piece of cake. Possibly a savoury option would be welcome here too, for example a Scotch egg or a sausage roll.” David Walliams, Mr. Stink.

This square was cut from a National Railway Museum Diary given to my mam, then given to me unused. Published by Frances Lincoln Limited, 2014. It shows a passenger at a refreshment trolley, Paddington Station, 1937.

This is the eleventh square of my London Pairs Patchwork. It is a patchwork of papers gleaned from the pavements (mostly) of the city in which I live. There are sixteen squares making up the whole piece. You can see it here.

All of my work is numbered. This piece is 795.

The patchwork is now in my shop.

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Eight Eco-Friendly London Postcards

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Apologies in advance for the spamming I’m about to be doing! Have just listed 21 reduced-price postcards in my shop, so this is the first of 5 very similar posts. If they sell I will be adding more.

Eight 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 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.

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