Embroidery, Printing

More Half Yards – 18th May 2020

Currently I’m taking the view that any time spent in the studio is good and constructive, my mind is thinking and so far there is very little displacement therapy!

My ideas exploring the theme of memories are progressing, see above for my second print. Whilst it’s a theme often explored it seems particularly pertinent at this point in the Lockdown when so many aspects of our lives are not there to touch or personally engage with. We will get there.

I moved on to looking at a gentleman’s waistcoat from the 1760’s. It hangs on my studio wall and I reference this item frequently. I can remember buying it, at an antique textile fair.  I spotted it across the large hall and I went straight over, completely recking my husbands method of going from stall to stall in an ordered manner! Why it had been cut in such a savage manner I don’t know, but all its buttons are there with gold work embroidery and many minute sequins. It also holds memories of the very smart gentleman who wore it, the weaver and the suit maker as well as the part that it played in helping my understanding of antique clothing.

I constructed the plate and in the spirit of experimenting I used gold printing ink, see top of page

And here they are side by side

As we are where we are I made some face masks to send to our son in London