Sunday, 18 April 2010

"Ten days Allowed": a collar

In reflection, I can see that one of the things that has the most impact on me, during my dissertation research was the image of a fine, 19th century whitework embroidered Ayrshire work collar, the pattern of which had been stamped: ten days allowed. This was the amount of time the embroiderer was given to complete it, and the payment would have been very little. Once again the contrast of the exquisite and poverty was so evident that I wanted to make my own rendering of such a collar...but it would not be a replica, or copy...but my own interpretation, made with feeling.

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