Walker, Audrey (6 of 15) National Life Stories Collection: Crafts' Lives

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  • Recording date

    2004-09-01, 2004-09-02

  • Recording locations

    interviewee's home, Pembrokeshire

  • Interviewees

    Walker, Audrey, 1928- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Hughes, Hawksmoor (speaker, female)

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    Part 6: Tape 3 ( F15803) Side B: Mentions not having any long lasting love affairs at the Slade. Description of AW's friend Hillary McMann. Comments on most students becoming teachers after leaving the Slade. Description of AW's prize winning portrait painting and of winning third prize for her summer painting of miners. Remarks on being more interested in figures than landscapes. Comments on AW's decision to become a teacher, remarks on feeling ready to leave the Slade. AW's regret at loosing contact with fellow students. Description of her first teaching job in Leeds Girls' High School. Remarks on having no teacher training. Story about having to learn to weave. Story about the senior art teacher who stopped to listen to the Archers. Description of doing ceramics the local art school in her spare time, taught by Ronald Cooper. Description of teaching embroidery, mentions The Needlework Development Scheme. Reasons for moving back to London. Mentions teaching Morris de Sausmarez's daughter. Description of teaching in South Hampstead High School for Girls, AW's teaching method. Mentions not doing much painting. Remarks on living with a restrictive, jealous boyfriend.

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