by Julie MacKinder.
David Hockney is not an artist that I’ve ever known a lot about but this project has changed all that. I spent a lot of time looking at his work, especially the paintings and prints up at Saltaire. At first I thought I might make a portrait but eventually I decided to make a piece about a place I love and know well, exactly as Hockney has done with his Yorkshire paintings.
Anyone who knows me will not be surprised that I have made a piece about St Ives in Cornwall. It has come out of an online course I have been doing about working in a series. I started by looking at the shapes I associate with St Ives.
I like the way the roofs and windows all tumble over each other and, while I had always thought of golds and blues when thinking of St Ives my studies showed me that there is actually a lot of grey and white in the town.
I started to make blocks and sets of strips of fabric as I wanted to work in an improvisational way.
While I was (fairly) randomly cutting and inserting fabrics I realised that I could suggest the lines of the roofs without actually using solid triangles. After a lot of trial and error and rearranging blocks I settled on my final design.
I’ve called it Higgledy Piggledy as I feel that describes all the little streets and back alleys of St Ives.”