(Collage, mixed media, embroidery)
In my last blog I invited readers to make up their own narrative/theory about this collage. Here follows a bit of background.
This is one of five collages I created that feature jigsaw-shaped collage and figures. I also wanted to feature the lovely bright blue embroidery thread in this particular collage.
Some time before beginning, I’d been leafing through the photos in a book about the world’s great pilgrimages, and decided to use the word “pilgrimage” as a prompt to my imagination. My favourite picture in the book was of a Sikh gentleman bathing in a holy lake, high up in the mountains. Nearer to home, I often walk around another lake.
I found the travel direction, “At Jericho turn right and follow sign for Birtle” in a Ramblers’ leaflet. I was amused by the juxtaposition of Jericho and Birtle, and decided to use this as the title as it seemed to fit with “pilgrimage”.
Another “thread” that I wanted to explore was lost and found things. I found the note “Please make John some scrambled egg” when we moved a fire surround in the house where I used to live. The note about “the one” actually says “I couldn’t find the church. I went to the one at Salem and the one at Roundthorn. Gone to the 11 Ways.” I copied these two notes out, because one is now lost again and I wanted to keep the other without marking it. Bottom right, the Geisha lady was inspired by a wedding day gift brooch that belonged to my mother. I took it to school, probably without permission, and lost it. I’ve written about the girl with the feather in an earlier blog (she pinched that lovely feather off me).
The other figures are new acquaintances that just arrived somehow.
The word “journey”, perhaps more than pilgrimage, is a very powerful one for me.
My next blog will be in January 2016, so until then SEASON’S GREETINGS TO ALL MY READERS!!!!!
(I’m very sorry, but the title of the Pilgrimage book eludes me but there are in fact many on the subject).