The colour of life and death. A colour worn for protection, especially when travelling. Cone dying yarn. A whole cone of yarn is submerged in a dye bath of red, so that the outer layers are dyed darker and where the dye cannot penetrate the inner layers get paler and paler until there is hardly any colour left. I weave with the yarn and as the shuttle travels back and forth forming the cloth the colour gradually leaches out.
I have been incorporating fragments of inherited fabrics into my woven pieces for A Snatched Last Kiss. Most especially tatting made by my Great Grandmother Georgina Desnaux. A connecting thread to my female ancestors. The exhibition starts on April 25th when there will be a private view from 6pm – 9pm It will running for just a week until the 1st May, open Tuesday – Friday 10.30 – 6pm and Saturday and Sunday 11am – 5pm Showcase Gallery, Craft Central, 33-35 St John’s Square, London EC1M 4DS
Am getting my work ready for this… A Snatched Last Kiss 25th April – 1st May Showcase Gallery Craft Central 33-35 St John’s Square London EC1M 4DS Opening times: Monday 25th April Private View 6pm – 9pm Tuesday – Friday 10.13 – 6pm Saturday and Sunday 11am – 5pm I am showing a collection of woven pieces made in response to the letters of my Great Great grandfather Frederick Desnaux, a merchant trader, written to his wife Helen in 1869 as he sailed from Liverpool to West Africa. While travelling he wrote fond and hopeful letters made all the more poignant…
Have delivered today some samples for the Crafts Councils stand at Design Days Dubai which is happening in March. The samples had to be 5cm square and it was a bit fiddly attaching the eyelets without totally destroying the fabric, which of course I made far too delicate for such an operation – but got away with it.
It was his trade as a haberdasher importing fabrics from Italy that allowed Nicholas Rainton to build Forty Hall, money from cloth built the house and gardens where his predecessors would plant the Lime Avenue and create the pleasure mound and ornamental lake. It therefore seems fitting to celebrate the gardens through cloth. I have been looking at 17th century Italian fabrics and have been thinking about how the colours and patterns could inform my own weavings for Forty Hall.