Saturday 12 September 2020

Sewing and a gallery visit.

On Thursday I did some sewing on my project for the Fall blog hop. I can't show you the pieces I'm making but here are a couple of sneak previews.

The hop starts on the 21st September and I'll post the schedule nearer the time. Yesterday was a working day so no stitching but in the evening John, Lucy and I met up with Katy at the Tate Modern to visit the Andy Warhol exhibition. The exhibition has been extended until November since covid 19 meant the gallery was closed for several months. The gallery was well set up with one way systems and only allowing so many people in at a time plus you had to wear a mask. It was good to be able to go out and enjoy a normal activity and feel safe. John, Lucy and I put our masks on as we left home and took them off as we got back as there were a lot of people out and about. We travelled by train and walking. The exhibition was interesting  but also a trip down memory lane for me and John as we reminisced about the pop culture from our younger years. We had seen most of the work before but not all in one place.

The Marilyn Munro images using screen printing is one I've always liked and I made a similar montage but using Audrey Hepburn's image. 

The iconic green coca cola bottles.

I liked the Oxidation painting or piss paintings. This was a series of painting created by Warhol or his assistants either urinating or pouring urine onto a canvas primed with paint mixed with copper. The chemical reactions created areas of colour. One of the assistants was taking vitamin B supplements and the colour produced by his urine caused particular excitement for Warhol.

Warhol's assistant Ronnie Cutrone took some photos of a skull and Warhol asked that the photos had dramatic shadow. Warhol based these painting, done with acrylic paint and screen print on canvas, on the photos.

My final photo from the exhibition is my favourite, mostly because of the bright colours used. I forgot to take a picture of the information label so I can't tell you any more about it.

As for today, I have a date with my sewing machine and some hand stitching this evening. I'm also going to a mushroom exhibition with John. I'll tell you more in my next post. We are trying to fit some visits in just in case further restriction are introduced in England. Our visits are to managed exhibitions or open spaces where we can stay safe. I think it's important to do some normal activities if possible and create some memories or otherwise when looking back at the year all our thoughts are going to be negative. It helps with mental well being which is extremely important during the current situation as I have friends who have become very depressed over the summer and they feel there is nothing to look forward to. Having things planned for the future is keeping me happy.

Take care and stay safe.



  1. Can. NOT!! Wait... to see what you made with that 2nd batch of fabric, Lyndsey. LOVE the selections you made to go with that gorgeous print!!

  2. I used to volunteer to teach art literacy at my kids' school when they were younger, and Andy Warhol was one of the artists we covered. Interesting stuff.