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


3. Patchwork Of Mothers – Madonna And Child

Square three of my Mothers Patchwork is Madonna and Child.

Part of The Hours Of Isabella Stuart, c1431.

It is taken from a leaflet for an exhibition (Colour: The Art And Science Of Illuminated Manuscripts, July-Dec 2016) at the Fitzwilliam Museum.

This brings me to something I had no intention of talking about. For some reason, I couldn’t separate Paper Madonna from Paper Jesus. It’s not a religious thing, because I consider myself to be an atheist (not completely true, some things are deep rooted), it’s a mother thing. I feel the same way about regular paper mothers and paper children as I do about devine ones.

You can see the whole 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


34. Napkin Diary For November 2014



This stamp is from the first Christmas card to land on our doormat, in early November.


If You Are New Here:

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, the others are June, May and October. Some of them can be found in my shop.