In 1908 the suffragettes choose the colour scheme of purple for loyalty and dignity, white for purity, and green for hope. I used the chipboard backing from a paper pad as my canvas. I brushed it with Gesso, to give it a better surface for painting. After diagonally applying some masking tape, I painted Olive Waistcoat to the top left. While it was still wet I pressed crumpled up copy paper onto it. This left lots of crease marks and textures. For the purple I mixed Wimberry Pie with a dot of Stroke Of Midnight, and painted the remaining canvas as previously.When dry I removed the tape.
I added some colour to Elsie, and made her a hat with some wide green ribbon. I also wrapped her in a little purple shawl, fastened with a ”Votes For Women” brooch.
As part of the Suffragettes sustained campaign they smashed store windows. I wanted to somehow represent this in the picture. I decided to use a square of Memory glass and adhered some torn pieces of plastic around it, to try and give the look of smashing glass.
This Picture Collage is dedicated with love, and gratitude to all of those very brave Suffragettes.