In December 07 I was invited back to my old comprehensive school to give a presentation of my work to a group of sixth form students who had raised money to commission an artwork in memory of a much loved textiles teacher, Karen Davies who passed away last year. I was absolutely delighted to be considered for the job and was thrilled to be offered the commission on the day. Whilst I had never met Mrs Davies, I know what an impact a good teacher can have on students - my art and design teachers throughout my education have been fundamental in helping me become who I am today. It was very humbling to hear the students talk about Mrs Davies with such affection and to learn how they had independently raised a significant amount of money in her memory.
Yesterday I presented the students with my design proposals for them to select their preferred option. I had already talked to the students about their feelings regarding colour, and the response was that bright pink was Mrs Davies's favourite colour and that which they most associated with her vibrant personality.
I presented a number of colour ideas, all tonal arrangements merging pinks with reds and burgundies. The selected design is pictured below - an almost unanimous choice.
The five panels each measure 90cm x 35cm and will mounted onto a white backboard, and will be sited in the school hall - a digital simulation of the design in situ can also be seen below. The panels will composed of silk and cotton threads encapsulated in acrylic.
The artwork will be installed on the 23rd June with the dedication service being held on the 25th June.