7. Patchwork Dads – Prince Charles

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Prince Charles is using my stitches as convenient little pockets. Looks like he might enjoy a bit of line dancing. He is the father of William and Harry, or, as my mam calls them, ‘the boys’, as if they live next door.

See Charles below, with his siblings and parents. Prince Philip, who was not in a skirt-wearing kinda mood, is not unlike my beach dad.

This is the seventh square in my patchwork of dads. It is made from discarded books, magazines, postcards and junk mail. It is made from the actual papers, I have not printed or copied anything. There are sixteen squares in total. You can see the whole piece here.

The square is cut from a postcard published by Charles Skilton And Fry Limited, c1972.

All of my work is individually numbered, this piece is 798. It can be found in my shop.

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5. Percy Drake Brookshaw, 1963 Birthday Postcards

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Kingsway English, Junior Series Book 1 by J.C. Gagg, with drawings by Drake Brookshaw. Published by Evans Brothers Limited, London 1953. This edition published in 1963.

Numbers: 329 – 338

Right, this is the last of them. I’m stopping at five for now. I have also made ones, threes and fours in previous posts.

All of the numbers have been sewn onto pages from the above book which is fifty years old and I ranted on about here.

337 is made from the back cover.

The numbers are made from Del’s purple shirt, which I also used in the Picasso piece. They have been mounted onto yellow card, which I rescued from the bin at work.

If you feel so inclined, you can buy one here. If you wait until 14th and 15th November, 2015, you will get 30% discount. Use the code GOLD50

Have a great weekend,

Alison x

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4. Percy Drake Brookshaw, 1963 Birthday Postcards

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Kingsway English, Junior Series Book 1 by J.C. Gagg, with drawings by Drake Brookshaw. Published by Evans Brothers Limited, London 1953. This edition published in 1963.

Numbers: 321 – 328

Hullo, Children (see 328)!

If you haven’t been following this project, you can find out more about this fifty years old book here. And if you want to see the cards for one and three, click on the links.

Meanwhile, back to the ‘fours’. I’m still using the coloured card, I found in the bin at work, as a mount for the fabric numbers.

The green gingham was given to me by a friend some years ago, before I had my own children. It used to be her daughter’s school uniform. I made her some birthday bunting with it.

The black and white spot is the torn lining of a bag. In fact, from the very bag I took to Lewisham Hospital when I had my son thirteen years ago. Incidentally, Del , whose shirts are featured on earlier numbers, drove us to said hospital with said bag.

Drake Brookshaw comes up trumps again with some beautiful drawings. 324 is my favourite, with the king and the poor man. Mam and Jane are making cakes on 326, with Dad and John nowhere to be seen. And I often wondered why our dog, Jess, used to turn around about fifty thousand times before she finally lay down for the night, and now I know (327).

If you are interested, you can find them in my shop. On 14th and 15th November, 2015, there will be 30% discount. Use the code GOLD50

Alison x

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Two Eco-Friendly New Home Postcards

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Two eco-friendly New Home postcards can now be found in the ‘Sale’ section of my Folksy shop, priced at £2.50 each.

Each one is a unique, one-off piece. They are both originals, not prints.

As always, they are sewn from stuff I rescued from the bin; used cereal boxes, a battered copy of James And The Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, and some old magazines. I never cut up books which could otherwise be read.

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.

They are bigger than regular postcards.

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Eco-Friendly Valentine Postcard

 

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Happy New Year!

Those of you who have been with me from the start, know that my first post was about the wonderful Birds by Brian Wildmith, 1969.

Well, I am finally getting around to listing one of the cards, made from said book (and some cereal boxes), in my shop.

I thought it would make a good Valentine card.

This card is unique, there is no other the same. It is a one-off.

It is not a print, it is made from the actual book, which is 44 years old.

Brian Wildsmith is a hero of mine. He was born in 1930 and grew up in a small mining village in the north of England. Being a miner’s daughter from the north myself, I need no more than this to like him. However, there is a lot more to like, not least his wonderful children’s books.

It is completely upcycled, and very eco-friendly, as everything used in its making was destined for the bin.

I absolutely never cut up healthy books, nor do I clean up any blemishes left by life. Kind friends save food packaging for me, and the books I use have been ‘retired’ from local schools and libraries, after years of loyal service.

It measures 15cms x 19.3cms.

All of my work is numbered, this is 53.

If you have any questions, please give me a shout,

Alison x

PS. I will be having a Valentine giveaway on 14th Jan.

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Upside-Down Footballers Giveaway

 

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On Saturday it was my husband’s birthday, and I was feverishly working away on the above gift.

Regular readers will know that we recently had a great holiday in Barcelona, and that I make art out of discarded materials. Hence, the gift.

In my rush to finish, I put a picture of New Camp (husband and son went to a match) upside-down. Didn’t Freud say there are no mistakes? He would have had a field day with this one. There are thirty-six squares on this piece, and yet, the only one I disrespect is the one which depicts the beautiful game.

 

The little squares have been hand sewn onto ‘Portrait of Jean Yves, a Man Looking Like Vincent Van Gogh’ by Gauthier Hubert. It was part of the annual Portrait Award at The National Portrait Gallery, London. I saw this poster in a ‘Please Take’ pile at work last week, it was beautifully creased and crumpled. The grey mount is the card that came with the frame.

Last Sunday morning, I was on my way to work when I decided to have a facebook giveaway. A ‘Spot My Mistake’ giveaway. Only a small, but select and very supportive, group of people visit my Facebook Page. I like it this way, I feel like I know everyone personally. Only two people gave the correct answer. Only two people entered. They are both lovely.

The giveaway was totally unplanned, so I didn’t have a prize in mind. I was sorting through a shoe box yesterday, and I found these postcards. Made in 2011 with the usual cereal boxes.  They are made from a 1958 Lion Annual, are numbered 603 – 608, and have arrived safely at the homes of Diane and Roberta.

Enjoy the weekend,

Alison x

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A Postcard I Made From Our 1980’s Christmas Tablecloth

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When I was married, my mam gave me this tablecloth as a gift. It had been the tablecloth she brought out of the airing cupboard every Christmas. It was only ever used for that one meal. So, I’m guessing it had 16 airings.

Mam can’t remember when and where she bought it. It had a bit of a fifties vibe to it, so maybe it was passed down. She can’t remember any details. What she can remember, however, is me cutting a huge hole from the middle of it when I was about 17 (1984 – my Dad was on strike at the time, I’m using this as an excuse) to make myself a scarf-cum-bandanna to tie around my head. There was no print in the middle of the tablecloth,  just plain red – I was going for a kind of New Romantic look. After 1984 it was never used again, obviously. Mam was furious.

When I opened the gift I couldn’t believe it, because annoyingly Mam never keeps anything. She found it in my cupboard at home and thought it would give me a laugh. There it was, complete with hole and gravy stain (she makes the BEST gravy) on one of the candles.

In January 2013, I made six postcards with the candles on the cloth. I have two left.

I have just listed this one in my shop.

The usual rules apply. All of the materials had been discarded (the card is from food packaging), and I did not remove the blemishes left by life.

All of my work is individually numbered, this is 90.

See you tomorrow,

Alison x

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