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In my life as an artist I have made hundreds of portraits.  Not in the standard way necessarily of making portraits but instead as expressions of design, interpretations of features and evocations of meaning. I mean, they didn’t necessarily look like exact people but they were a vehicle for me as the artist to delve into both technique and feeling.

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I have also taught many courses working with the face in various ways: expressively, realistically, creatively, graphically and in terms of simple design and in many media.

I am just getting started on this show scheduled for August at CCBC, after a few years of working and showing other bodies work.

Come with me and I will explain how I plan work for this show.

A good deal of my work portrait and other over the last few years has been labour intensive hand embroidery. It’s a huge effort and discipline to keep an edge of spontaneity in something so labour intensive, its easy to lose the freedom of line for example in the sheer hand work.

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For this show I had proposed to work with faces; expressive, loose, spontaneous, in cloth, stitch, over stitch, applique, silkscreen, block printing, (with reference to anatomy…I know…crazy…..)

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Two large new textile portraits will be spontaneously created, as well as a collection of other face-related, portrait pieces (in textile media) for meaning and context, its going to be a fun and challenging ride, I am nervous, but I know you are there.

I will also be stitching in the gallery creating spontaneous faces.

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Eleanor Hannan