My opposites project came to an end. I made four lino prints based on the words on posters I came across at the Mary Ward Centre. I used machine embroidery to create colour on the design. I added a little hand embroidery too to give it more life. I included little portraits of the students on three of the four sub pictures. Finally I used a ready stretched canvas as the base, and stretched the pressed fabric over the wooden frame. Then using my husband as a helper we stapled the cotton to the canvas.
On the front I wrote the title of the piece in felt tip pen; DO/ DO NOT DO, and signed it with my blog name – if people are curious to understand it they will have to read the blog post.
I did two versions of this picture – I have kept one for myself. This one will be mounted too – and then I will have to decide where to hang it up.
In some ways this block print and embroidery is a little protest – a tiny political act. I wanted the Centre to accept it as a supportive critique of their messaging.
This week I finally got an appointment with the principal of the Mary Ward Centre, Suzanna Jackson. Unfortunately she was ill but I was able to make the presentation to Sue Craggs, the Head of Adult and Community Education. The photograph was taken by Felicity Baird the Principal’s PA. Sue listened carefully to my story of the why I made the art work, and took on board my critique of all the notices around the college. I suggested they may like to engage with the students on the issue of how communication is managed in order to make it both more effective and more beautiful.