A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Cookie Policy | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Random Tip: Curious if a project is for sale, or if someone wants to do a private swap with you?  Please Personal Message the member rather than posting on the thread.
Total Members: 305,899
Currently Running With Scissors:
520 Guests and 20 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop
  Show Posts
Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 1022
1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Strange Doll Swap Gallery on: Today at 04:39:50 PM
Thrilled by the creativity here!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Dumbo- Tim Burton Style on: Today at 03:47:35 PM
I'm mesmerized.... Shocked
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Embroidery Nerdgasm!! on: Today at 02:10:37 PM
I wrote a little book report  Smiley

The University of Bristol Theatre Collection, which houses the Ernest Thesiger Archive, reports much recent interest in Ernest.  One result of this interest is an article by Joseph McBrinn in the current issue of TEXT, the journal of the UK Textile Society, entitled Ernest Thesiger Expert Embroiderer.  http://www.textilesociety.org.uk/text-journal/text-back-issues.php

Not surprisingly, McBrinn focuses on Thesigers outlandish personality and behavior, one remarkable aspect of which was his insistence on carrying his needlework with him wherever he went.  McBrinn seems to take a somewhat negative tack in his discussion of Ernests impression on his contemporaries, including opinions from people who found him bizarre and even frightening, rather than those who found him charming and funny.  Regarding Thesigers penchant for female costume, McBrinn leaps to an odd conclusion his fondness for female impersonation often led him to be compared to, if not mistaken for, the actresses Violet Vanbrugh and Gladys Cooper. The comparison to Cooper, at least, derives from a story told by Ernest himself.  Its implausible that he, with his caricature-like physiognomy, could be mistaken for the famous beauty.  McBrinn comments on Thesigers open homosexuality, yet claims Any reference to homosexuality is omitted from the two volumes of published and unpublished memoirs he completed in 1927 and in 1955.  This is not strictly accurate; in his 1927 memoir Practically True, Thesiger gives a subtle account of the attempt by author Samuel Butler to seduce him when he was a youth:  The next time I met this Mr. Butler was at a garden-party at Lambeth Palace, and he spent the afternoon filling me with ices and strawberries and cream.  We met several times after that, and he was always extraordinarily friendly and kind, and had his appearance been less repugnant to me I should have completely succumbed to his charm.

McBrinn points out that Thesiger holds the place as the most famous male figure in the history of English embroidery, and yet, sadly, apparently none of his embroidery work survives.  McBrinn continues with more commentary about Thesigers life, saying that much of what is known about him is, in many respects, gossip.  McBrinn does little to repair this sad state of affairs, gossiping about Thesigers marriage to Janette Ranken, his friendship with Queen Mary, and his relationship with Janettes brother William.  No new light is shed on this relationship, which remains in the realm of speculation, although it is mentioned as significant in the context of the article because it was William who apparently introduced Thesiger to the craft of embroidery.

The article continues with a discussion of the Disabled Soldiers Embroidery Industry, which Ernest helped found after WW1, and then on to comments about Ernests ecclesiastical embroidery work, all of which appears to be lost, the publication of Thesigers book Adventures in Embroidery, and his later  appearances promoting embroidery in various media.

McBrinn states Throughout his long and productive life Ernest Thesiger was dismissed as effeminate, camp and frivolous.  This is, I feel,  a rather negative conclusion and differs from the impression I have received from my investigations into his life.  I find it to be the interpretation of critics from our own time.  In his day, Thesiger was a highly regarded figure on the stage, one of the most popular comic actors of his time, while simultaneously being a much-publicized eccentric.  McBrinn continues But his commitment to embroidery is undeniable and his life and work deserve to be much better documented.  Given that the centenary of the Disabled Soldiers Embroidery Industry is only a few years away surely it is time for a proper reassessment of this inimitable figure and his context.  I heartily agree and am doing my best to forward this documentation. 

In the notes, McBrinn claims that, aside from a watercolor in the Victoria and Albert Museum, The only other surviving work by Thesiger is a painted copy of an Aubusson carpet for the dining room and two miniature paintings of Italianate landscapes for the library in Queen Marys Dolls House.  This is inaccurate as there are many surviving examples of Ernests drawing and painting  as can be seen on The Artist page of the Ernest Thesiger website.

Im happy to see an article about Ernest appear in a journal of this kind, though I have reservations about McBrinns unoriginal repetition of a stereotypical interpretation of Ernests life.  Im also critical of McBrinns choice to use references which contain errors, such as Eccentrics of Comedy.





4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Found my Stitching bug, Been Busy - (picture heavy) on: Today at 08:34:16 AM
Holy cow, that's a ton of great work!

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Monster Swap Round 6 Gallery on: June 30, 2016 09:52:19 AM
Aww, I especially like little balloon monster and the umbrella.

6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Strange Doll Swap Gallery on: June 29, 2016 05:31:33 PM
Oh he is excellent!  I like the one arm, very stylish.

7  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Strange Doll Swap (S/U CLOSED; S/O 06/28/16) on: June 29, 2016 05:30:00 AM
Thank you, I try to be optimistic!

8  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Strange Doll Swap (S/U CLOSED; S/O 06/28/16) on: June 28, 2016 06:37:11 PM
So sad.  My doll sent to suereal will probably be lost.  It was one of the better things I've made, I think....Sad
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Embroidery Nerdgasm!! on: June 26, 2016 04:31:51 PM
Oh, and I want to post this here, because I'm spamming it all over the place.  Finally debunking a bit of claptrap:

The noise, my dear!  And the people!

Often attributed to Ernest, this quote originally appeared in the book  Sword of Bone by Anthony Rhodes, 1942, according to The Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations, 5th Edition, and is apparently referring to the retreat from the battle of Dunkirk.
 

Not that it will keep people from continuing to post the same old flapdoodle on their blogs and websites.  I guess when someone becomes as much a legend as Ernest, people are going to say a bunch of wrong things about him....But I'm sure it would bug him a lot more if nobody was telling stories about him!

10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Another bird swap? on: June 26, 2016 02:53:15 PM
The Black Vulture is one of my favorite birds.  Cheesy
Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 1022


FacebookTwitterPinterest
only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search



How-To Videos
How to Do Calligraphy Symbols
How to Paint a Leaf
How to Learn Printmaking Techniques
How to Draw a Pastel Portrait
How to Monoprint
Latest Blog Articles
@Home This Weekend: Painted Patriotic Table
Craft Challenge #114 - Pick It and Craft It!
Craftster Quickies: How to Make Paper Stars

Comparison Shopping




Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies
Comparison Shopping

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...
Moderators

Follow Craftster...






Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2016, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.