Monte Camino revisited.

Last year I made the Monte Camino series – a set of textile panels about my Grandparents war stories. You can follow their full story through several blog posts starting here. I was delighted that they were shown at Stockport War Memorial Art gallery but I was never really one hundred per cent content with the art. I was searching for more clarity and simplicity somehow. I want the story to come forward more and my art techniques to be less obvious. So I had another go and now I am happier.

Monte Camino Series 2 - London - NFS
Monte Camino Series 2 – London – NFS

This time, I used the same boot/shoe print stencils and the same colours but this time working with an x-acto knifes and acrylics on khaki paper and added a screen of a local St.Helens maps made for the Painting the Town Red piece. This time I added words taken from my Granny’s hand written account of those years.

Monte Camino Series 2 - North Africa - NFS
Monte Camino Series 2 – North Africa – NFS

Once again we have dancing shoes for their meeting at a Scots Guards dance then, ‘waiting feet’ for a relatively uneventful journey through North Africa.

Monte Camino Series 2 - Italy - NFS
Monte Camino Series 2 – Italy – NFS

Then marching feet up through Italy until the fateful battle at Monte Camino where Grandad lost his left leg. This time I have added a roll of honour for all his comrades who went up the ridge with him and didn’t make it back.

Monte Camino Series 2 - The Battle - NFS
Monte Camino Series 2 – The Battle – NFS

Finally we have the piece representing his life with his helpmeet, my Granny as they married and settled back in the UK.

Monte Camino 2 - St.Helens - NFS
Monte Camino 2 – St.Helens – NFS

The series is floated on a black mount in black frames measuring 20 x 16 inches and will probably now get wrapped up and put away until a show in 2018. I think I am done with this story now!

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