It is rather strange now to contemplate that between 1912 and 1948, Olympic medals were awarded for: literature, music, painting, sculpture, and architecture. According to Richard Stanton's book The Forgotten Olympic Arts Competitions a total of 147 medals were awarded in these arts categories over the years. Germany won a total of 24, Italy 14, France 13, and tied with nine medals each were Austria, Denmark, Great Britain, and the United States. I am asking myself why no textile arts figured in this list.... However, as I sit and toast the opening of the the London 2012 Olympic tonight, I shall feel as though we have done a little to mitigate that omission with our competition - A Mirror To My Art. I have already received images of some completed pieces and I hope those working on their competition pieces are really enjoying their projects.
As Her Majesty the Queen parachuted in to open the Olympics with James Bond - let it never be said that she lacks humour..... image by Fabrizio Bensch, courtesy Reuters.