Strange Material – Leanne Prain – Chapter Three

The last few months have been ones of upheaval; workmen in altering my living space; Open House for Made in Roath in mid October and preparing for Made by Hand for the remainder of the month. Some days I need a little quiet time, to reflect on what I’ve been doing and to catch up with my reading. It’s been over 3 months since I picked up this book, Strange Material.

Chapter three is about poetic textiles. English literature classes at school did nothing to encourage me to read poetry. For ‘A’ level I had to study The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock by T S Eliot and, as a teenager who was interested in being a Mod (clothes, music) and boys, I had no comprehension of what this poem was about.
‘Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels’ – I had never been to a hotel never mind had an understanding what a one-night meant.

In 2009 Rachael Matthews and Louise Harries made a  blanket, with the help of 850 knitters and crocheters. Each made a 30.5 cm square containing a letter of the alphabet. The letters were then stitch together to read the poem In My Craft or Sullen Art by Dylan Thomas.

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Kerry Larkin is  a wordsmith and her poems have been machine stitch onto quilts at the Comma Workshop

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Augustina Woodgate known as the Poetry Bomber, sewed parts of poems by Sylvia Plath and Li Po into clothes on sale in charity shops.

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The chapter concluded with a series of exercises, writing a poem and making a scarf.

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