Sutton, Ann (14 of 17) National Life  Story Collection: Crafts Lives

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  • Recording date

    2004-06-08, 2004-06-15, 2004-06-29

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home, Arundel

  • Interviewees

    Sutton, Ann, 1935- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Hughes, Hawksmoor (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 14: Setting up of the exhibition continued. Description of a piece of work made from Digestive biscuits. Archie Brennan's [AB] comment on high price of work. Setting up of subsequent Miniature Textile exhibitions, the large number of entries. AS's decision to stop the exhibitions. The development of the International Miniature Textiles movement. AS's reasons for liking the Digestive biscuit piece. Story about AB's piece for the first exhibition with AS's name and address woven in. AB's persuasive character and ability to run the Tapestry Company. AS's and AB's teaching at the World Craft Conference, Mexico, 1975. AS's attitude to the crafts and the market place. Mentions Tadek Beutlich and his followers. AS's working process: playing with materials that have no history, number systems. Recent investigations into the computerised loom and subsequent return to weaving. AS's lack of concern with function. Reasons why AS's designs are used for furnishings. Forms developed from structure. AS's preference not to work for commission. AS's blithe reaction to losing work in the Momart fire. Difference between amateur and professional textile artists. AS's favourite piece of her own work 'One to Eleven Diamond'. AS and JM's belief that most artists make five 'inevitable' pieces of work.

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