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