Monday, 16 March 2015

Finding Inspiration: Mandy Pattullo

A gem of a find has led Mandy Pattullo to the life and times of another Daphne and a confirming 'sign' about her choice of red thread.

"Through our local flea market I acquired a pile of diaries from 1940s-60s written by another Daphne. I assume they ended up there because her house was being cleared or she has died? This Daphne certainly wore gloves, she seems to have been to the theatre at least once a week, to concerts by the Northern Sinfonia and to plays and films. Daphne is going to creep on to my "pages" (perhaps in a book?) through her diary entries which are now going to be mixed in to the equation of the absent gloves (blind embossed) and the red stitching inspired by the name label. Handily my Daphne seems to have written her daily expenditure down in red writing which helps my cause!
No idea what to do with the real glove but I suspect my intervention with it will be minimal and that it is the absence of the glove and Daphne that are the real story."

"Go to Scarborough"
 

8 comments:

  1. Maybe the glove is stored away in a box awaiting the next outing. Her diaries and notes are the only clues as to where the glove escourted Daphne.

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    1. A lovely idea Karen. Now where did she put it...?

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  2. The diaries look like the beginning of a textile piece. The way you have displayed them. Super find and great idea to use them to continue the story

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  3. How exciting to read them! You could write a book about her life, how wonderful.

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  4. Amazing, such a find, I love to read diaries. A perfect compliment to your work with the gloves x

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  5. I have my father's diaries and he was always losing his gloves; a favourite way was to leave them on the roof of the car when he filled up with petrol! Eventually my mother sewed a "please return to ... " label inside them. Happy creating, I look forward to seeing them all in Ledbury!

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    1. What a lovely story, thank you Christina. Do make yourself known when you come to visit the exhibition in Ledbury.

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