17. Jul, 2021

POW 4120 Stitchery

And so the stitchery is finished. I have used natural thickened dyes for the background because I wanted to create a grungy effect to reflect the obvious conditions my father lived in prior to entering Stalag XVIIIA and becoming POW 4120. It has been quite an emotional and interesting journey and it sort of coincided with Sue Stone's exercise of stitch to tell a story. I have used different weight threads to try and express the insignificance of the prisoner against the all powerful watch tower. One thing the Germans did well was to keep records - each prisoner who entered the camp was photographed with a blackboard with his number on it - otherwise this piece of our family history may never have been uncovered - 70 years later.