I haven’t been up to very much fibre art in the past few months. Partly due to moving and not having much studio space (all due to change shortly as I will be moving into a large top floor flat in April with a dedicated nap room/ studio), spending concentrated amounts of time with my Sweetie between here and Birmingham where he currently resides and to be honest, my most recent work-in-progress is quite emotionally difficult and challenging . . . . . more on that another time.
I did however, this winter, make and hang a comissioned accordion book in The Spotted Dog, a Digbeth gem in Birmingham, UK. The comission came about on 5th September, 2008 when I went to Friday night Pimms-o-Clock to meet Nicky Getgood, Doyenne of Digbeth. Coincidently, I also met my destiny that night. Does one ever plan for that? . . . . more on this another time. I had taken some of my artmoney and a few small samples of my work. Landlord John Tighe not only let me buy a round of drinks with artmoney, but he comissioned me on the spot to capture his pub in image and stitch. The Spotted Dog is a lovely traditional pub with strong leanings towards its Irish roots.
The Spotted Dog
Silly me, I didn’t take any photos of the book before it was framed, but here are some of the images I used . . .
One of John’s antique phonographs, currently at the centre of a controversial Noise Abatement Order. . . .
Irish men watching hurling
There’s nothing like a Guinness
18th and 19th century deeds
Once the book was completed, I had it framed with a clear perspex front and back so that it can be viewed from both sides.
The framed piece was hung with a piano hinge on the left side so that it can be swung away from the wall and viewed from the back as well.
One of the finest compliments of all for a comission . . . .
“It looks like it’s always been there”