Woodcutter’s Giant Pillow

Giant Woodcutter's Pillow 2012 Transfer montage on cotton fabric, wadding, embroidery, silk

“The Woodcutter sits in his cottage, on the periphery of ‘life’, watching films and documentaries as his only means of viewing the world. He sees the destruction that man creates and the beauty; the triumphs of nature and man-made disasters. He takes photographs of epic, reflective and emotional moments from his favourite films and uses them as inspiration to create patchwork squares for his giant pillow. As he lays his head on the pillow each night, it is a reminder of life in the world beyond the cottage."

Patchwork squares for the pillow were created with transfer montages on cotton fabric.  Several of the squares were hand embroidered by Jane.

 

Little Red Wolf Food 2012 Patchwork square - montage with transfers on cotton and embroidery of original drawing by Robert Lee

 

Feeding Time 2012 Patchwork square - montage with transfers on cotton and embroidery of original drawing by Robert Lee

 

Stop Fucking with Our Bones 2012 Patchwork square - montage with transfers on cotton and embroidery of original drawing by Robert Lee

 

The Woodcutter's Giant Pillow, The Woodcutter's Quilt, British Moth Throw and The Woodcutter's Bed (Vono mid 20th century bed belonging to Jane's Grandmother) display at The Customs House Gallery, 2012

IMAGE ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS;

‘The Company of Wolves’, Neil Jordan, 1984, Palace Productions; ‘Band of Brothers’, 2001, HBO; ‘Where Eagles Dare’, Brian G. Hutton, 1968, MGM; ‘Bambi’, David Hand, 1942, Walt Disney Productions; ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’, 1937, David Hand, Walt Disney Productions; embroidered drawings courtesy of Robert Lee; ‘Onegin’, Martha Fiennes, 1999, Samuel Goldwyn Films; ‘Seasons’, Ivan Ivanov-Vano, 1969, Films By Jove 1997; ‘Chernobyl: Life in the Dead Zone’, 2007, Discovery Channel; ‘Wild Russia’, Animal Planet, 2012; ‘The Shooting Party’, Anton Chekhov, Penguin Classics; ‘A Prophet’, Jacques Audiard, 2009, UGC Distribution; ‘Brotherhood of the Wolf’, Christophe Gans, 2001, Studio Canal; ‘The Tyger’, William Blake, 1794; Photograph: Laika, 1957.