Walker, Audrey (12 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 12: Tape 7 (F15807) Side A: Description of AW's commission for the Pump Rooms in Bath. Remarks on not enjoying working for commission. Comments on taking advice on pricing work from Philip Hughes at Ruthin Gallery. Mentions 'Collect' exhibition. Mentions showing with the Embroiderer's Guild and the 62 Group. Remarks on choosing between teaching and becoming a full-time embroiderer. Comments on the success of Goldsmith's students. Remarks on AW's relationship with students. Further description of students. Description of selecting students. Description of trends in students' work. AW's opinion of Tracy Emin's tent ('Everyone I Have Ever Slept With'). Description of changes in AW's work, remarks on playing with illusion, mentions the Magritte exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, mentions looking at fragments of classical sculpture, remarks on returning to figures again. Description of AW's views on the art/craft argument, mentions an exhibition of American Indian art at the Hayward Gallery. Mentions AW's involvement with the Crafts Council. Comments on liking the term 'maker'. Remarks on admiring Damien Hirst, Sam Taylor-Wood and Jenny Saville. Comments on feeling glad to be out of education. Remarks on AW's admiration for the work of Daniel Allen, Claire Curneen, Walter Keeler, John Makepeace, Jeanette Appleton Elizabeth Tarr and Alice Kettle [AK]. Description of AK.

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