Since getting my feet under the table at LPT, I have been lucky enough to get help in printing lots of ideas, quite fast.
As I remain fervent champion of the handkerchief’s return to the pocket or sleeve of every right minded citizen, I am drawing a new one at every occasion. The first two designs we made in a very limited edition run, and they were printed and signed live at our 20th birthday celebrations a month ago.
These designs are “Hank or Chief’ featuring two stars of American folk history, and personal heroes of mine: Hank Williams, and Chief Sitting Bull. Behind their drawn figures are words that they themselves composed.
The other design shown here, is a poem, written by me this time, I limited myself to using words made out of only seven letters, the letters in the word ‘disaster’. (I then found out from my poetry teacher, Clare Pollard, that this type of writing where a form is devised from extreme rules of vocabulary limitation, has a name, and is called ‘oulippo’. ) I wrote this poem as I wrote many, in the face of my mothers death. Hand writing it into a tear drop shape, was the extra formal clamp that pressed it into true hankie use. Cotton hankies are second to none for blubbing.
Then I couldnt resist designing two more prints as souvenirs of the Lambeth Country Show, mainly on lovely remnant rags from Bits of Cloth in Brixton Market. The next opportunity for a souvenir was Vintage, last weekend, Fellow artist Tony Hayward kindly sent me a parcel of charming pastel coloured hankies from India, and we promptly printed this teacup on them. Do ring us if you have to have one!
There are, as usual, plenty more designs from me and other members of LPT to mention too, but for now, may I once more throw down the hankie gauntlet, and ask everyone reading this to come up with a square thought or pattern of their own, so that in October we have a bountiful exhibition on our studio washing lines!