I love watching tennis, and at present the Wimbledon matches are a real treat. But I cannot watch while doing nothing else - which is just as well, as I watch a lot! So right now I'm getting through piles of hand stitching.
To hand at present is a piece I named Plunge pool, but which I've come to think of as Grexit? as somehow the turmoil in Greece over the economy, particularly this week has joined the turmoil I felt when I designed the image in 2010.
As ever, the image is a conjunction of elements which just came together the day we went to see the 2010 Serpentine Pavilion designed by Jean Nouvel. That day we also went into the Serpentine Gallery where I was given permission to photograph one of the high windows. I had nothing specific in mind, but the look of it appealed to me.
Then walking back to the car which was parked a few streets away I passed a piece of street furniture which I snapped.
Back home the next day I put these together with a photo of my first piece of backloom weaving made when I lived in the USA (I tried all sorts of craft making then, and it was there that art quilts first attracted me).
Somehow the window looked like a pool that needed a fish, and in those days also I was looking after my mother with no additional help, so the figure expresses my state. Anyway, that's what I am stitching now, with a considerably cheerier demeanour, and it occurred to me that it is once more appropriate - for a current Greek drama.