Fritsch, Elizabeth (7 of 16) National Life Stories Collection: Crafts' Lives

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    Interviewee's home, London

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    Fritsch, Elizabeth, 1940 (speaker, female)

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    Hughes, Hawksmoor (speaker, female)

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    Part 7: Influences on EF’s work from other disciplines: music, frescoes and topology. Mentions Ann Sutton and Mary Farmer. Mentions EF’s exhibition at Parnham House, Dorset. Description of John Makepeace. Mentions the influence on EF of Mark Rothko. Comments on critics reaction to EF’s work, mentions Ceramic Review [CR], Crafts Magazine and Edward Lucie-Smith. Remarks on the lack of critical attention to the crafts. Ef’s views on Grayson Perry’s work. Comments on the decadence of the current arts scene. Remarks on feeling guilty that she doesn’t subscribing to CR. EF’s reading habits: poetry, philosophy, novels and politics. Mentions Basil Bunting and Ted Hughes. Remarks on enjoying fringe theatre. Mentions Welfare State [International] and IOU theatre companies. EF’s liking of Complicite and Ninagawa contemporary theatre companies. Desciption of Ninagawa’s production of Medea. Music listened to in the 1960s, mentions Jazz, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan. Description of expressive dancing at parties. EF’s bohemian antiquarian clothes worn in 1960s. Mentions reading the ‘Female Unuch’ and Shulamith Firestone. Remarks on becoming a single parent. Description o f EF’s relationship with JMF and their marriage.

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