September 17th, 2012
Alice is an artist and printmaker whose work is firmly vested in the very best traditions of twentieth century design and illustration. She knows about and sees the point of Barbara Jones, Edward Bawden, Eric Ravilious and their circle and pays homage to them in several of her works. Almost a year ago she was often at Cecil Sharp House near Primrose Hill, the home of English folksong and dance where the records of vernacular customs and cultures are kept alive and clog dance, the morris and the horned headdresses of Abbotts Bromley can all be seen. She is a clever and intuitive artist and the inspired works that she created were installed in the foyer and staircase hall there, where I first saw them.
When I met her and saw the room in which she works I found an enviable design archive of packaging, objects and books which she had picked up here and there, almost all of which I coveted. I bought the China Staffordshire Dogs cushion at the bottom of the page and it gives me huge pleasure. The Tattooed Sailor just below hangs over the bath, like an icon in an iconostasis. Her work is completely modern while evoking all the traditions that I revere.
[All images : copyright bibleofbritishtaste.com / Alice Pattullo ]