I finished my piece for the NIPG exhibition 'Cultural Heritage"
It was all a bit last minute, where 90% was completed in the last week.
The piece is inspired by the loss of my Great Grandfather on the first day of The Battle of The Somme.
It is also inspired by the Thiepval Memorial and the Missing of The Somme.
The tragedy of war.
Here are some closer shots...
Move him into the sun -
Gently its touch awoke him once,
At home, whispering of fields half-sown.
The opening lines of 'Futility' by Wilfred Owen
You can see in the background a rubbing of my Great Grandfather's grave in Hamel, France.
William Powers is pictured here, above centre.
I am delighted to have it finished and handed over to the exhibition coordinator.
There was some intense sewing at the end of the week.
For the poem I wrote the words out first on freezer paper. This was placed on the fabric and then free machined over and over until the depth of colour was achieved. The freezer paper was then torn away.
This was a joy to do and once I got into the rhythm of the writing I could have stitched words all day
The exhibition opens in the City Hall in Belfast on Thursday.