Spinning Stories

HonestyBox drawings by cqualmann

Some of my drawings for the HonestyBox (a project with Gail Burton) at Camberwell Arts Festival (26th and 27th June 2009) use imagery and texts from my launderette research.


‘Flash Company’ exhibition at Cecil Sharp House by cqualmann
April 28, 2009, 3:59 pm
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The exhibition opens tomorrow at the English Folk Dance and Song Society’s Cecil Sharp House in Camden. The catalogue of works is online at: http://flashcompanyexhibition.blogspot.com

My contribution is inspired by ongoing research at The Women’s Library,
drawing on text, type and imagery from the scrapbooks of
Ruth Homan (1890s) and the notebooks of Ethel Robson (1910s).


pencil on cotton handkerchief, view a larger image here

Finalising the handkerchief for Flash Company by cqualmann
March 31, 2009, 12:54 pm
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The test and trial handkerchiefs for the Flash Company exhibition, laid out in my studio.


Laser cutting cloth handkerchiefs by cqualmann

First trials of laser cutting and etching onto cloth handkerchiefs, using the patterns and texts from the Women’s Library again, with the Flash Company exhibition in mind.

The Housewife’s handbook by cqualmann

This book (1946) includes instructions for washing Handkerchiefs p.104:

“These should be put to steep for at least 2 hours in salt water before washing, as this facilitates the removal of the mucous. They should then be washed and rinsed thoroughly, and then boiled for 20 minutes. If there has been an infection in the house the handkerchiefs may be disinfected by soaking in a weak solution of any of the many disinfectants on the market”.

developing ideas for Flash Company by cqualmann
March 21, 2009, 8:36 am
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Developing ideas for the Flash Company show by cqualmann
March 13, 2009, 5:17 pm
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I’ve been experimenting with some of the texts from the women’s library about laundry work – especially the instructions for washing and ironing handkerchiefs, and combining these with some of the decorative patterns from the Suffragette souvenir printed handkerchiefs/napkins and collections of embroidered signatures.