Walker, Audrey (8 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)

  • Abstract

    Part 8: Tape 5 (F15805) Side A: [02/09/04] Description of discovering new parts of museums that displayed textiles, mentions an exhibition of Irish quilts. Description of AW changing her ways of working and looking at things and studying landscape not just the human figure. Mentions attending evening classes and changing jobs. Description of the 62 Group (of Textile Artists), mentions Jan Beaney. Comments on learning and then shedding techniques. Description of evening classes, mentions Margaret Nicholson. Comments on AW's admiration for Paula Rego. Remarks on looking at Piero Della Francesca's and Vermeer's paintings at the National Gallery. Description of teaching drawing and painting at Whitelands College of Education, mentions David Cowley, Jan Beaney and Nora Proud. Description of AW's clothing in the 1960s. Remarks on reading the 'Embroiderer's Journal' 'Crafts' magazine and 'The New Statesman'. Remarks on gradually becoming aware of the women's movement through students. Comments on the low numbers of men in textiles. Remarks on liking the slow process of working in textiles. Description of AW's early textiles, description of the influence of the Cumbrian and Greek landscapes. Mentions owning a house in Greece. Comments on the varying amount of time spent working on each piece.

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