Browsing through February's edition of Vogue, I came across two articles about forthcoming textile exhibitions that are now on my 'must see' list of exhibitions for Spring 2014. Whilst I now spend all my time developing and creating my jewellery, I have always enjoyed working with textiles and, if I had the time, would love to experiment with textile design.
ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol will be opening on the 31st January at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London.
This exhibition traces the history of 20th century art in textiles. Highlights include work by Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí, Sonia Delaunay, Raoul Dufy, Barbara Hepworth, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso, Ben Nicholson and Andy Warhol. The exhibition features examples of key European and American art movements: Fauvism, Cubism, Constructivism, Abstraction, Surrealism and Pop Art; as well as the work of leading fashion designers and manufacturers. Artist Textiles shows how ordinary people were once able to engage with modern art in a personal and intimate way through their clothing and home furnishings. With over 200 rare pieces, many of which have not been on public display before.
For further details visit: http://ftmlondon.org/
Fashion & Gardens: Spring/Summer - Autumn/Winter will be opening on the 7th February 2014.
This is the first exhibition to explore the relationship between fashion and garden design, from the age of Queen Elizabeth I to the catwalks of London Fashion Week 2014. The exhibition features designers from Valentino and Alexander McQueen to Philip Treacy and Christopher Bailey who continue to be inspired by the garden as well as examples of the flower craze of camellias in the 1840s to sunflowers in the 1890s and daisies and Mary Quant in the 1960s. A number of remarkable loans from the British Museum, National Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum and several fashion houses will also be on display.
For further details and information visit: www.gardenmuseum.org.uk.
The first 'Crafts in the Tower' of 2014 will be taking place on Sunday 26th January from 11am until 3pm. Local artists Sue Meredith, Sharon Justice, Diana Wren, Jan Fowler, Cherie Lubbock, Mei Liang, Hazel Taylor, Judy Charlton and Peter Crossman will also be exhibiting and selling their work and the Pop Up Tea Room will be open!
Crafts in the Tower
The Square Tower
This exhibition explores the history of pearls from the early Roman Empire to the present day. For more detailed information visit: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/exhibition-pearls . Admission charges do apply, visit: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/exhibition-pearls/visitor-and-ticket-information/ for details. The exhibition continues until the 19th January.
There is also an interesting series of talks and study days to accompany the exhibition for adults and families although some are already fully booked. For further details visit: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/exhibition-pearls/events/
I will be joining regular exhibitors Di Wren and Bernice Hughes (ceramics), Mei Laing (origami), Sharon Justice (silver jewellery), Hazel Taylor (textiles), Kelly Hickman (guilded artwork), Gary Renouf (wood turning), Cherie Lubbock (fused glass) and Sue Meredith (prints and mixed media) at the Square Tower on Sunday. Admission is free and the cafe will be open!
Preview and Meet the Artists: Saturday 6th July 2 - 4pm
Portsmouth Cathedral, St Thomas Street, Portsmouth
Exhibition open 2nd - 14th July 10am - 4.30pm daily (unless there is an event taking place)
For more information visit:
If you would like to view the Spice Island Arts Trail Brochure online, visit:
Spice Island Art Trail Portsmouth Festivities in association with Portsmouth Guildhall, Art Space, Aspex & Strong Island.
A unique opportunity for local artists to showcase their work in historic and unusual venues throughout Old Portsmouth. This brand new event is free to attend. Enjoy a wide range of Portsmouth talent, observe artists at work and make your own mark at sketch points along the way. Start at Square Tower to collect your trail map.
If you're lucky enough to be near Tampa, Florida sometime during the next few months you may want to pop in and see the 'Language of Jewelry' at the Henry B Plant Museum. This exhibition explores the cultural and economic context in which jewellery was designed and displayed during the mid-nineteenth century through to the early twentieth centuries. Exhibits include rarely displayed pieces from the museum's collections as well as selections from private collections illustrating how society, cultural changes and industrial developments have influenced trends in men's and women's jewellery. Exhibition ends 8th October 2013. For further information visit: www.plantmuseum.com .
A selection of the new designs now available from Cobweb Antiques, Slaithwaite. For contact details and opening times visit: www.cobweb-slaithwaite.co.uk .