I always try to visit the Exhibitions at the Knitting and Stitching Show and usually find something, which draws my attention.
This year it was a series of ‘drawings’ of old ladies. On closer examination, I realized that they were of one lady, the mother of the artist, Jenni Dutton, and that they were stitched not drawn at all.
Each portrait in the series was a reproduction of a photo of her mother, starting when she was a girl. The earlier ones were in black and white but those of the older version were in colour. Each stitch was about one cm in length and looked like a fine pencil line. I took a close-up photo to show the quality of the technique.
As well as a remarkable technical achievement, these images showed great sensitivity and revealed the close relationship between mother and daughter.
They were very poignant, particularly those of the old lady’s final years.
If you get a chance to see them, do take it. This was stitchwork at its finest.
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