Wednesday, 9 June 2010
Our Zarah has done a wonderful job of mending the Campbell family's baby blanket. The garter stitch edge needed completely re-knitting and there was some darning to do on the main piece. The blanket was knitted by Dr. Pick, the local GP in Ambleside in the Lake district. He learned to knit when he was in the Navy and was apparently was a big, tall man, with a beard, who drank too much and had an eye for the ladies. Everybody loved him and he would get drunk with people as they died, giving them a good send off. Mrs. Pick would get cross with him, and eventually gave him an ultimatum for his outrageous behavior. He had to behave or she would boot him out.
Dr. Pick decided that if he was to give up drinking, he'd better pick up his knitting, so he knitted this blanket for the Campbell baby, who was about to be born and become one of his patients. He made it in the Campbell tartan colours, blue and green.
The Campbells loved the blanket, hence they wanted to restore it. We hope that there are many more Campbell babies to use this blanket.
We had a lovely day yesterday catching up with our curators, and other artists from the Louder Than Bombs show at Stanley Picker Gallery in Kingston in March. Our meeting was at the Live Art Development Agency, who part curated the show, and the aim was to reflect on and discuss what happened. The legacy of our residency has been really good for us.
It's been beneficial performing our work in a Live Art context and relating our labor to the Joseph Beuys quote around which the show was based. The situation we created has given us a clearer vision as to how Prick Your Finger could grow in the years to come. Our research has given us more to write about, more images to brand ourselves with, and more reasons to get out into the world and make a difference. As Fugazi so rightfully sang, 'Cos what a difference a little difference would make.'
There's a lovely little film of us all and check out my Mother's hands on the spinning wheel, she's getting really good!
Each of the seven residencies were so different from each other, I do recommend taking a few minutes to surf through the images by clicking on the link below.