Towers 7

Most of the proceeds of this original artwork will go directly to the Khadija Saye Memorial Fund. Khadija tragically lost her life in the Grenfell Tower fire. The fund will help young artists whose background and circumstances might not grant them access to such support.

As the fire was burning, and we all watched helplessly, I spoke to my dad, a pitman. He told me nothing had changed, and that we were still waiting at the pit head for our dead.

It is made using these front pages of the Metro and Evening Standard newspapers, which I found on a train after the Grenfell Tower fire.

The red thread once belonged to my nana, who would not have approved of my knots.

The newspaper is hand-stitched to this paper, and then hand-stitched to this paper.

All of my artwork is individually numbered, this piece is 849.

It is unique and can be found in my new shop.

Towers 6

 

Most of the proceeds of this original artwork will go directly to the Khadija Saye Memorial Fund. Khadija tragically lost her life in the Grenfell Tower fire. The fund will help young artists whose background and circumstances might not grant them access to such support.

As the fire was burning, and we all watched helplessly, I spoke to my dad, a pitman. He told me nothing had changed, and that we were still waiting at the pit head for our dead.

It is made using these front pages of the Metro and Evening Standard newspapers, which I found on a train after the Grenfell Tower fire.

The red thread once belonged to my nana, who would not have approved of my knots.

The newspaper strips are hand-stitched to this paper, and then hand-stitched to this paper.

All of my artwork is individually numbered, this piece is 848.

It is unique and can be found in my new shop.

Towers 5

 

Most of the proceeds of this original artwork will go directly to the Khadija Saye Memorial Fund. Khadija tragically lost her life in the Grenfell Tower fire. The fund will help young artists whose background and circumstances might not grant them access to such support.

As the fire was burning, and we all watched helplessly, I spoke to my dad, a pitman. He told me nothing had changed, and that we were still waiting at the pit head for our dead.

It is made using this front page of the Evening Standard newspaper, which I found on a train the day after the Grenfell Tower fire.

The red thread once belonged to my nana, who would not have approved of my knots.

The newspaper strips are hand-stitched to this shirt, and then hand-stitched to this paper. The ‘towers’ has been sewn using Trudi’s mother’s gorgeous white thread.

All of my artwork is individually numbered, this piece is 847.

It is unique and can be found in my new shop.

Towers 4

 

Most of the proceeds of this original artwork will go directly to the Khadija Saye Memorial Fund. Khadija tragically lost her life in the Grenfell Tower fire. The fund will help young artists whose background and circumstances might not grant them access to such support.

As the fire was burning, and we all watched helplessly, I spoke to my dad, a pitman. He told me nothing had changed, and that we were still waiting at the pit head for our dead.

It is made using this front page of the Metro newspaper, which I found on a train after the Grenfell Tower fire.

The red thread once belonged to my nana, who would not have approved of my knots.

The newspaper strips are hand-stitched to this paper, and then hand-stitched to this paper.

All of my artwork is individually numbered, this piece is 846.

It is unique and can be found in my new shop.

Evening Standard and Metro, Friday 16th June, 2017

Picked up these newspapers on the train, to and from work, on 16th June, 2017.

I am going to use them to make some artwork, the proceeds (if any) of which will go to a Grenfell fund.

 

2. Patchwork Of Mothers – Marlene Dietrich

Marlene Dietrich (in London, by Cecil Beaton, 1936) is the second square on my Patchwork Of Mothers, and she totally dominates the whole piece.

According to Wikipedia, her first job was playing the violin in the pit orchestra of a Berlin cinema. I hope this is true, such poetry in her ending up on the silver screen.

And talking of poetry, she wrote some.

Amazingly long career, 1910s-1980s. Take that Brucie.

She had one child, Maria. When, in 1948, Maria had her first baby, the pressed dubbed Dietrich, “The World’s most glamorous grandmother”.

Maria, herself, was an actress from a young age. She came out of semi-retirement to perform a cameo role, as Mrs. Rhinelander, in Bill Murray’s Scrooged (2001). I haven’t seen it.

The square was cut from What’s On, March-May 2016, National Portrait Gallery. Condé Nast Publications. I rescued it from a pulping.

You can see the rest of the piece here, or follow my progress on Instagram.

Patchwork Of Mothers

At last, the mothers are finished and in my shop.

As usual, hand-stitched from things others discard.

I’m about to start the process of recording the origins of each square, both here, and on Instagram.

All of my work is individually numbered, this piece is 814.

The links for each post are below:

Mother 1 : Herodias, maybe.      Mother 2: Marlene Dietrich       Mother 3: Madonna

Mother 4: Olga Picasso        Mother 5: Judy Garland         Mother 6: Esther Williams

Mother 7: Twiggy         Mother 8: Princess Margaret      Mother 9: Sarah Forbes Bonetta

Mother 10: Naomi James      Mother 11: Barbra Streisand     Mother 12: Artemisia Gentileschi

Mother 13: Pregnant Woman        Mother 14: Mary Beale       Mother 15: Pam’s Mummy

Mother 16: Joan Maude