4. Patchwork Of Mothers – Olga Picasso

Olga Picasso (Khokhlova) was a Russian ballet dancer and wife of Pablo. She is the fourth square (a 1923 portrait by Picasso) on my Patchwork Of Mothers. They had a son together, named Paulo, who features in a lot of Picasso’s art.

Here is an interesting excerpt from John Richardson’s biography. It’s Picasso’s mother doing the talking, upon first meeting Olga.

“You poor girl, you don’t know what you’re letting yourself in for,” she supposedly told her. “If I were a friend, I would tell you not to do it under any conditions. I don’t believe any woman would be happy with my son. He’s available for himself but for no one else.”

Whether Picasso’s mother said this or not, is irrelevant, I believe that last sentence to be completely true.

Very, very few woman have been able to give themselves so utterly to their work.

His second wife killed herself, as did a long-time mistress and his grandson. Paulo drank himself to death, I believe. However brilliant (and it is) his art, almost everyone related to Picasso was wounded by him.

Here is a little Picasso-related-something I made a few years back.

You can see the full patchwork here, or follow me on Instagram.

The square was cut from the NPG leaflet, below.

Margate Photographs 5

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This is the fifth card made from the Margate photographs.

There is nothing written on the back of the photograph, but it came with a batch from 1967. It looks to be a similar date to my eye.

The card is totally unique and is made with ruthless attention to detail.

I have recorded its making on Instagram.

It is listed in my shop under the heading ‘Mother’s Day’, because society insists we put stuff in categories. However, as the inside is left blank for your own message, it could be used for any occasion you see fit.

Find out about the envelope, here.

All of my work is individually numbered. This piece is 812.

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Vintage Ladybird ‘3a Things We Like’

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I am making a determined attempt to get some of the ‘old stock’ from under my bed, and into the sale section of my shop. These are cards I made years ago, onto which my former contact details have been written. They are totally unique and come with a sewn upcycled envelope. As usual, these cards are made from a used food packaging and are super eco-friendly, as everything used was rescued from the bin.

3a Things We Like by W. Murray. Illustrated by John Berry. Published by Ladybird in the early Seventies.

John Berry was a Hammersmith lad, born in 1920. He died four years ago.

He won a Royal Academy Scholarship, but the war prevented him from taking it. He was a war artist and a lot of his work is now housed in The Imperial War Museum.

After the war he painted portraits. He provided a service at Harrods (where else?) whereby you could drop off a photograph and he would reproduce it in oil.

He has illustrated many children’s books, not just Ladybird, but it is Peter and Jane which brought him to my attention.

See you soon,

Alison x

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Mad March Sale – Martin Aitchison, Shopping List

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3a Things We Like by W. Murray. Illustrated by Martin Aitchison. Published by Ladybird in the Seventies.

Hope you’ve all had a good weekend.

Sunday evening’s addition to my Mad March Sale is another illustration by Martin Aitchison. Mum is giving a shopping list to Peter and Jane.

The Sixties version of the same scene is below, this time by John Berry.

If you have been following my March Sale stuff, you will know the rest…

This month I am making a determined attempt to get some of the ‘old stock’ from under my bed, and into the sale section of my shop. These are cards I made years ago, onto which my former contact details have been written. I will put a new card into my shop each day, for the whole month. Each will cost £2.50, less than half the price of my current cards. They are totally unique and come with a sewn upcycled envelope.

Although it will only scratch the surface, I aim to try and post (however briefly) every day for whole month.

As usual, the above card is made from a clean pizza box and is super eco-friendly, as everything used was rescued from the bin.

See you tomorrow,

Alison x

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Mad March Sale – Martin Aitchison, Peter and Jane Picking Flowers

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3a Things We Like by W. Murray. Illustrated by Martin Aitchison. Published by Ladybird, some time in the Seventies.

Happy Saturday!

Today’s Mad March Sale card is the Seventies’ version of this  Sixties’ one.

I think it would make a nice Mothers’ Day card.

The illustrator is Martin Aitchison.

I will post tomorrow’s card when I get back from work, so between 8 and 9pm, I guess.

If you have been following my March Sale stuff, you will know the rest…

This month I am making a determined attempt to get some of the ‘old stock’ from under my bed, and into the sale section of my shop. These are cards I made years ago, onto which my former contact details have been written. I will put a new card into my shop each day, for the whole month. Each will cost £2.50, less than half the price of my current cards. They are totally unique and come with a sewn upcycled envelope.

Although it will only scratch the surface, I aim to try and post (however briefly) every day for whole month.

As usual, this card is made from a clean pizza box and is super eco-friendly, as everything used was rescued from the bin.

Have a great weekend, and see you tomorrow,

Alison x

Mad March Sale – Madeline In London

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I am trying to catch up on the Mad March Sale posts I missed when our computer was sick. I  continued to add a card to my shop every day, and these are some of them. They are all from the wonderful Madeline In London.

If you have been following my March Sale stuff, you will know the rest…

This month I am making a determined attempt to get some of the ‘old stock’ from under my bed, and into the sale section of my shop. These are cards I made years ago, onto which my former contact details have been written. I will put a new card into my shop each day, for the whole month. Each will cost £2.50, less than half the price of my current cards. They are totally unique and come with a sewn upcycled envelope.

Although it will only scratch the surface, I aim to try and post (however briefly) every day for whole month.

As usual, this card is made from a cereal box and is super eco-friendly, as everything used was rescued from the bin.

See you tomorrow,

Alison x

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Mad March Sale – John Berry, Peter and Jane With Daisies

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3a Things We Like by W. Murray. Illustrated by John Berry. Published by Ladybird in the Sixties.

John Berry was a Hammersmith lad, born in 1920. He died four years ago.

He won a Royal Academy Scholarship, but the war prevented him from taking it. He was a war artist and a lot of his work is now housed in The Imperial War Museum.

After the war he painted portraits. He provided a service at Harrods (where else?) whereby you could drop off a photograph and he would reproduce it in oil.

He has illustrated many children’s books, not just Ladybird, but it is Peter and Jane which brought him to my attention. Here we see them angelically admiring the daisies. A Mothers’ Day card maybe? Below is the Seventies’ version of the same scene, this time by Martin Aitchison.

If you have been following my March Sale stuff, you will know the rest…

This month I am making a determined attempt to get some of the ‘old stock’ from under my bed, and into the sale section of my shop. These are cards I made years ago, onto which my former contact details have been written. I will put a new card into my shop each day, for the whole month. Each will cost £2.50, less than half the price of my current cards. They are totally unique and come with a sewn upcycled envelope.

Although it will only scratch the surface, I aim to try and post (however briefly) every day for whole month.

As usual, this card is made from a cereal box and is super eco-friendly, as everything used was rescued from the bin.

See you tomorrow,

Alison x

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