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.
Kerry Larkin is a wordsmith and her poems have been machine stitch onto quilts at the Comma Workshop
The chapter concluded with a series of exercises, writing a poem and making a scarf.