Today I went with 2 friends to visit the ‘Inspired’ exhibition at Gawthorpe Hall in Padiham, Lancashire. I have a piece in the exhibition but I was really keen to see all the other exhibits.
They were really good.
About 12 months ago we had a visit from Tracey Gill, who then worked at Gawthorpe Hall, and she brought some lovely examples of Lace from the Rachel Kay Shuttleworth collection, for us to use as inspiration for their current exhibition.
The exhibition finishes at the end of October but if you happen to be in the vicinity I can recommend it. The property is run by the National Trust and apart from being able to look round the house at the living accommodation you also get to see the current selections of beautiful pieces from the the RKS Collection. They are also a delight to see.
My piece was inspired by Bebilla flowers from an Armenian Sampler. The central flowers have been made using the Bebilla technique (self taught) and placed on a drawn thread worked central strip. I have also used a tatting technique to produce the two outer vertical lines of random flowers and hyperbolic tatting to create the variegated floral ruffles. It has all been worked onto a piece of even weave fabric.
We are not allowed to take photographs of the exhibited pieces but if you have the current copy of Workbox you will find an article about the exhibition by Val Coleslaw of Bolton Branch. There are images of the pieces entered by their members.
We are also not allowed to reproduce any of the images that we used as our sources of inspiration.
My master piece. If the previous project is anything to go by, when the exhibition is taken down, some pieces will be selected to become part of the RKS collection. Watch this space!!!