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Author: Beth Walsh (page 2 of 2)

Inspired by Mannington

'The Swing', Fragonard, 1763, Wallace Collection, London

‘The Swing’, Fragonard, 1767, Wallace Collection, London

This is an exhibition organised by Norfolk Contemporary Crafts Society (www.norfolkcraft.co.uk) in which I am exhibiting a new piece of work. The exhibition runs from 12.06.2016 to 28.08.2016. Since I am making a piece to hang outside, this long duration presents certain challenges!

My piece, at present at the making stage, is inspired both by the rose gardens at Mannington Hall, Norfolk and by Fragonard’s ‘The Swing’.  It will be a ‘swing’ made of lace reflecting the intimacy, delicacy and colours of both the painting and the environment of the Heritage Rose Garden. Please come and see it together with lots of other exciting work by other members of the Society.

Lace is more: new ways of lacemaking

 

Bobbin lace, silk thread and scraps, original design based on 19th-century patterns

Bobbin lace, silk thread and scraps, original design based on 19th-century patterns

I have recently sent off my pieces for  Lace is more: new ways of lacemaking, to be held at Whitchurch Silk Mill, Hampshire, October 2015 – January 2016. I am delighted to have been selected for this exhibition and was pleased to have been challenged to make pieces relating to silk. I chose to make two silk ‘cocoons’, the ground of which was open enough to show their contents.

The source material for the two contrasting but complementary pieces was based on the concepts of Bridal and Mourning. The original lace ‘wrapping’ the cocoons is based on   mid-nineteenth century lace designs, when the Whitchurch Silk Mill was at the height of its production. I wanted to get a sense of the lace unwinding from the cocoon like the silk thread from which the pieces are formed. The scraps of silk, all produced at Whitchurch, represent by colour the memories of a wedding and of mourning the loss of a loved one – pastels for the wedding and the sombre colours of Victorian mourning dress. The pieces are enhanced by the use of perfume – rose oil for the Bridal and lavender for Mourning, both of which have personal impact. To me, textiles and smell are often very evocative of occasion and of emotions on that occasion and this is what I wanted to convey here.

Lace 'lappet' based on mid-19th-centure designs, worked in black silk thread.

Lace ‘lappet’ based on mid-19th-century designs, worked in black silk thread.

Exhibiting at Twickenham Stable Gallery in the ‘Lacemakers’ exhibition

I am very pleased to have been selected for the ‘Lacemakers’ exhibition at the
The Stables Gallery, Orleans House Gallery, Riverside, Twickenham TW1 3DJ.

The exhibition opens on 30th October 2014 and closes 25th January 2015.

Please come and see!

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