17/01/2011 Embellished : The Art of Fabulous Fabrics at the Harris Museum

I don’t know if, like me, you’d like to put this on your to do list over the next month or so, but the details for this exhibition at the Harris Museum are below, along with a short video preview if you really can’t make it.

About 10 years ago, I was lucky enough to visit the Harris with a group of patchworkers and spend a day ‘underground’ in their amazing storage areas, viewing the things that hadn’t made it into an exhibition at that time.  Great fun!
The description of the present exhibition is below:
Take a closer look at textile patterns and techniques in our Textile & Costume Gallery exhibition. From delicately embroidered florals to bold geometric prints, the clothes we wear transform us into living works of art. From Chinese slippers to Horrockses dresses, come and discover a secret world of warps and wefts, stitches and sequins, pigments and dyes.

Some of the museum’s most beautiful textiles patterned by weaving, embroidery and printing are on display. Whether it’s flowers and foliage, spots and stripes, birds and animals or letters and graphics, you’ll find textile designs to suit all tastes. To add a bit of bling, there’s even a section devoted to fabrics embellished in glittering gold.

Many of the exhibits are hidden treasures from the museum stores, which have never been seen before, such as an eighteenth-century gown in the finest Spitalfields silk and a wall-hanging designed by the artist Walter Crane. Exquisite examples of embroidery include pieces from Europe, India, China and Turkey, dating from the 1600s to the modern day.
There are also some photos and video footage at the links below:


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