15. Patchwork Of Mothers – Pam’s Mummy

I don’t know the name of Mother 15, on my Patchwork Of Mothers, except that she is Pam’s mum from the 1988 Little Star annual. Nor, sadly, can I find the name of the illustrator.

All I know about Pam’s mum is, she likes birds, like Snow White.

If you have not been following this series, I should tell you that the legs above Pam’s mummy belong to Barbra Streisand.

I can only find this page from the book (see below), although the rest is probably somewhere in the house. It will be found by the HouseElves when I’m dead, no doubt.

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

12. Patchwork Of Mothers – Artemisia Gentileschi

Mother twelve on my patchwork is Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-c1656), the first female artist to become a member of the Accademia di Arte del Disegno.

Her mother died when she was twelve. Five years later she was raped by Agostino Tassi, friend of her father and a popular artist at the time.

A long trial followed, which shamed Gentileschi. It is believed, at one point, midwives physically examined her in front of a judge. Tassi was freed. He was friends with the Pope.

She had one daughter, Prudentia, who was also an artist.

The square, showing a self-portrait, was cut from the Royal Collections Trust leaflet below.

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

11. Patchwork Of Mothers – Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand, the highest-selling female recording artist of all time, is square eleven on my Patchwork Of Mothers.

She has one child, Jason.

The picture (depicting the 1977 Superman album cover. Photo: Steve Schapiro), was taken from a leaflet from the Jewish Museum. Jukebox Jewkbox! A Century On Shellac And Vinyl, July – October, 2016. Front cover image credit: Oliver Hoffman/ Shutterstock

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

9. Patchwork Of Mothers – Sarah Forbes Bonetta

Sarah* Forbes Bonetta is mother nine on my patchwork.

Originally named “Aina”, Sarah, a princess of the of the Yoruba, was born in 1843.

Her parents’ names are unknown, as are the names of her siblings who were all killed in the 1847 slave raid that made Sarah a captive.

It is believed she was intended for human sacrifice, but was saved by a British naval officer, Frederick Forbes. He took her back on his ship, the HMS Bonetta – hence her adoptive name.

She was ‘given’ to Queen Victoria as a gift.

Later, she married  Captain James Pinson Labulo Davies, a wealthy Victorian Lagos philanthropist. They had three children, Victoria, Arthur and Stella.

She died, aged 37, from tuberculosis.

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

Photograph by Camille Silvy, 1862. Taken from the NPG leaflet, shown below.

* In some accounts she is named Sarah, and in others, Sara.

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