Walker, Audrey (9 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 9: Tape 5 (F15805) Side B: Description of AW's accommodation in London, mentions buying her first flat. Remarks on living in a simple way. Comments on not having a musical ear and on loving popular music, remarks on being drawn to the jazz scene. Description of teaching at Barry Summer School, mentions Ann Sutton. Description of AW's piece 'Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries' shown at the Crafts Centre, remarks on edging back towards figurative work. Mentions teaching at Goldsmiths College, comments on reading 'The Subversive Stitch'; by Rozsika Parker. Comments on mother's pride in AW's success. Description of buying material, mentions Heal's department store. Story about leaving Whitelands Educational College to teach at Goldsmiths, mentions Constance Howard. Description of students work. Description of AW's teaching methods. Comments AW's colleagues' reaction to her appointment, mentions David Green, Barbara Dawson and Christine Risley. Mentions Michael Craig-Martin and Ferris Newton. Remarks on moving to south London, description of her 1840s house in Peckham. Description of living in Peckham. Description of Goldsmiths students, comment on debates over the line between fine art and textiles.

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