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The Beatles Story told in fabric collage

by Marielle Roux. Published Tue 26 Jun 2012 09:06, last updated: 26/06/12

The Beatles’ Story has been retold in a new children’s book by textile artist Maria Saunderson, who has crafted iconic moments in the Fab Four’s career, in fabric collage and embroidery.

The book begins, ‘Once upon a Liverpool’ and documents famous events such as when the Quarrymen played on an outdoor stage at St Peter’s church fete, the Beatles trip to Hamburg, The Sergeant Pepper album and the last performance at the Cavern.

There are 12 scenes in all and each image is crafted using at least 150 pieces of fabric as well as beads and sequins. The project took Maria two years to complete and was a labour of love.

Maria from New Brighton, said: “The Beatles’ story is epic and it’s ongoing. It was difficult to know where to start and where to end. It wasn’t until I was invited by Jerry Goldman to have a look around The Beatles Story attraction that I was able to choose specific points to focus on and most importantly where to end the book. I continuously researched it while I was stitching the illustrations, as I wanted to make sure that the details were right which on occasion has proved difficult, as facts about them seem to change on a regular basis.

“There’s one scene where the Beatles are playing on the rooftop of Apple and Ringo was wearing a red, PVC Mac. I recreated this scene for the book and noticed that the buttons on his coat were on the wrong side. After even more research, I found out that Ringo had borrowed his wife’s coat as it’d started to rain and John had borrowed Yoko Ono’s fur coat.”

The book has a Fab Four Facts section and there is a little submarine called Rigby on every page – for toddlers to find.

The book is aimed at children (although adults will love it too) and Maria will be auctioning an original hand stitched piece of Beatles artwork, framed with a poem which features at the beginning of the book and two signed framed prints, at the book launch on Tuesday July 17th in Liverpool Town Hall. All proceeds will go to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital Imagine appeal.

The stitched piece features John Lennon looking down on the world and was inspired by the words of Imagine; it has a little submarine, the Liver building and a peace sign. The actual size prints are of Sgt Peppers and the final picture in the book on the Abbey Rd crossing, they will have collaged embellishments added to make them unique.

Maria is a freelance textile artist whose work has featured in many of the leading craft magazines. This is her second book, the first ‘The Brave Little Ferryboats’ told the story of how Liverpool’s famous ferryboats the Royal Iris and the Royal Daffodil got their title Royal – it is also illustrated through the medium of fabric collage. Both books are designed to be read in schools, as part of the curriculum.

Liverpool attraction The Beatles Story is supporting Maria in her endeavours and will be selling the book through it’s shop - both in the store in Liverpool’s Albert Dock and online.

Managing Director of The Beatles Story, Jerry Goldman, said: “This book is beautiful. It will help parents and grandparents tell the story of the Fab Four to their children and grandchildren. It really is something for all the family and the images are something else.”

The photography for the book was taken by Wing at Wings Studio.

The book is available to buy, priced £5.99 from The Beatles Story shop at http://store.beatlesstory.com/ and through Maria Saunderson’s website at http://www.stitchnfriends.co.uk/beatles.htm


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"Just received and read this delightful book, it is an amazing work of art, I highly recommend it to all Beatle people, especially for kids." Leslie aka BeatleTripper, Texas around 3 years ago

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