Sallybank Road in Stitch…… Guest Blogger – Isabel Parker
On a recent trip to Ireland I was lucky enough to visit a shop called Lucy Erridge in Adare, County Limerick. Many things caught my eye but there was a stunning piece on the wall that I knew needed a new home in Canada. The name of the artist was Alison Erridge. I asked the woman running the store if she knew anything about the artist and she replied that she did know quite a bit, as the artist was her mother!
Alison’s maiden name was Liley and she is a founding member of the 62 group. She has just turned eighty five. She was gracious enough to send me a synopsis of her life and the information on her inspiration for the picture. She stated that she worked from a couple of sketchbooks and some photographs of an area called the Sallybank Road.
She says: “Memories of this road are layered and flickering and weave in and out of one another with little bits of detail that one retells later, so I tried to work this through with thick paper and even types of stitching and limited colour.” I think she has done a marvelous job!
I was very excited to take the piece with me as I attended a tutorial at Barn House Studio. Gail was very pleased to see it and filled me in a little more about the artist, even showing me a book that Alison had written.
The piece is at the framers now and I am looking forward to getting it back and hanging it on my wall as a wonderful reminder of a great trip.