Feeling very Glaswegian and Scottish today! This is a photograph of hand and machine embroidered fabric collage depicting a Glasgow tenement facade and a gable end. The tenement was modelled from a building in Mount Florida, a Southside district near Hampden Park and the gable end was what was remaining of another tenement in Battlefield Road, Glasgow. That building was demolished completely, but I was able to take a few photographs of it before it disappeared which I used in the designing of the collage.
A closer look at the panel will reveal, Glasgow Coat of Arms symbols of the Bird, the Tree, the Fish and the Bell and other well known city buildings including The Glasgow Mosque dome, Glasgow University tower, Glasgow Steeple, Sighthill multi storey flats, now gone and a murmuration of starlings, the predecessor to the Glasgow pigeon.
In recognition of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, there are some invented wrought iron railings in his style in the foreground.
The Victorian/Edwardian ceramic tile design familiar in so many Glasgow tenement closes, frames the collage .
The fabrics used are mainly natural materials: cottons and silk with cotton embroidery threads and cotton braiding.
©Marion Gardyne 2018