Joan Brailsford – A
Art, Advertising and Alleyways
Inspiration: As for the rest of my series, I used my pictures of Middleport pottery as my inspiration.
For this piece I have used images of art work in and around the factory. There are graffiti-like painted sections of the canal wall at the back of the pottery which depict the type of patterns used in the ware, and I have always loved their bold patterns. In addition the little tearoom at the pottery has one wall covered with artwork taken from the old-fashioned willow pattern that was so popular once. In addition, I used images of the little alleyways and alcoves amongst the Victorian factory buildings, with their cobbled surfaces and little nooks and alcoves in unexpected places.
I have included some old advertisements for the factory, and an old door which advertises the company name, and bags and ‘back stamp’ designs that also hold the company name, and are sold in the Alcove shop.
As with my other pieces, I have used photo-transfer techniques, and embellished them with hand stitching to highlight main areas of design and act as quilting stitches. For the stitching I have repeated the cobble and brick design, the outline of the bottle oven, and added some stylised flower patterns as depicted in the willow pattern.