The afternoon session whizzed by with Steve, Peter, Yvonne, Andy, David, Ivan & Colin. Alice worked with Colin building on his interest in a stitch or pattern he was interested in... at first saying he couldn't do it and then basking in the joy of having done it...
|Alice's embroidery of Ivan and Yvonne|
Peter and Yvonne beavered away working on some stitching and finishing off their collaborative project 'the teapot'. Alice brought a beautiful piece of work having stitched some of the drawn faces of participants onto fabric. I was working on a complex embroidery of my own an embroidery of words with David.... he believed we were all wasting our time here in this place that it was all a monopoly board a game in which we are trapped- either in free parking or jail...the conversation was intense and tricky to follow, I was desperate to catch the threads he was trailing to make sense of he obvious bitterness and distrust of a system he felt trapped in. He talked of us all being numbers, all coded by colours and past lives. He drew a beautiful grid or map of this thoughts with a watching eye in the middle. I asked if I could photograph it but he said no, and later I found he had pulled out the page from my sketch book.
|Alice and Colin|
Towards the end of the session we were able to find a way to begin a collaborative piece on the large plate- placing hands to paint around we began the piece- perhaps a bit predictable – perhaps a bit cheesy, but I felt it was a lighthearted, fun and cheery way to end the session and a starting point for next weeks discussion and work.
|William painting mug|