Hechle, Ann (12 of 17) National Life Stories Collection: Crafts' Lives
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2004-03-10, 2004-03-14, 2005-04-08
Interviewee's home, Somerset
Hechle, Ann, 1939- (speaker, female)
Hughes, Hawksmoor (speaker, female)
Part 12: [Tape 7 Side A] [Session three: 8 April 2005] Mentions HC moving in with AH in 1982. Description of HC’s career. Long description of HC’s cataloguing of IW’s work, mentions HC receiving a grant from the Crafts Council. Mentions IW having bequeathed her work to Donald Jackson. Remarks on the usefulness of studying other people’s work. Mentions the 1986 exhibition of IW’s work at the Craft Studies Centre and the book ‘More Than Fine Writing’ co-written by Heather Child, Donald Jackson, HC and AH. Comments on the lowering of standards in book publishing. Description of the Irene Wellington Educational Trust. Description of AH’s involvement with The Society of Scribes and Illuminators, remarks on not being good on committees. Description of the Society, comments on 1960s arguments within the Society about making work for reproduction. Further description of HC’s cataloguing of IW’s work. Comments on IW being pleased that her work was being catalogued. Long, detailed description of AH’s project on the nursery rhyme ‘Lavender’s Blue’ commissioned by Michael Taylor. Refers to AH’s book ‘Lavender’s Blue’ (1987). Remarks on reading Peter and Iona and Peter Opie’s ‘The Oxford Book of Nursery Rhymes’. Remarks on the process of getting ideas.
Life story interview with Ann Hechle, calligrapher