I seem to have a thing about pink, which actually lies quite dormant until I start to put together one of my books. I noticed this with my book The Stone Bird, where it suddenly became imperative to put in some of the pink birds that we see in winter. The Summer book is the latest I’m making, and the colour starts with greens, then blue and yellow, but I have this embroidery I made a couple of years ago that is basically pink and black, which I was determined to include in some way, although the general colour scheme seemed to be against it. Anyway, a few bits of text moved things along, and suddenly there were six pages all about pink. I don’t do a lot of pink work and I own no pink clothes, but I enjoyed making the pink pages. Perhaps it all started with the pink and black bathroom my parents had in the 1960s.
This is the piece that started it; I’ve never wanted to sell it, but at least it has a role now.
This page will be opposite the one above.
A mix of printed material from my photographs and drawings, and printed text, was used to construct this page.
A similar mix of media plus some fabric makes up the opposite page to the one above.
These flowers printed from a collograph plate I made for another project were ideal for my pink mood.
And here’s the opposite page; there will be text, not just the repetitive ‘pink’…
Not pink, but in the spirit of healthy recycling of embroideries that have had a life, this chap was part of a bigger piece that I was never that happy with. So I cut it up, re jigged it, and feel he has a place at last.
And here’s the opposite page, more of the afore mentioned chopped up embroidery, and a large photograph I took of a tiny bird skull I have had for about 35 years, printed on acetate, after a little play on Photoshop. The skull is exquisite.
I was also given a monkey skull last year, by a lovely student, Rachel. She had heard me rabbiting on about how I like bones; they are truly amazing constructions. He or indeed she [he does look like a bloke though] will appear in a future piece; he has been photographed. He has very good teeth.