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Unbound: Visionary Women Collecting Textiles

Saturday 25 January 2020Sunday 19 April 2020

Exhibition featuring textiles from the collections of seven women: Edith Durham (1863 - 1944), Louisa Pesel (1870 - 1947), Olive Matthews (1887 - 1979), Muriel Rose (1897 - 1986), Enid Marx (1902 - 1998), Jennifer Harris (working 1982-2016 at the Whitworth, University of Manchester) and Nima Poovaya-Smith (Senior Keeper International Arts 1985-1998, Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford). Includes sculptural 18th-century costume, intricately embroidered Balkan towels, headdresses and waistcoats, the 1920 and 1930s block printed fabrics of Barron and Larcher, as well as contemporary works: Alice Kettle’s huge machine embroidered panels Three Caryatids (1989-91), Yinka Shonibare’s 2007 model of the last slave ship The Wanderer reimagined with ‘African’ batik fabric sails and Sarbjit Natt’s 1996 geometric patterned silk sari. Also on show are archival photographs, sketchbooks and letters.

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Keyword tags

18th century costume | Alice Kettle | Balkan costume | Edith Durham | Enid Marx | Hiroyuki Shindo | indigo | Louisa Pesel | Muriel Rose | Nima Poovaya-Smith | Olive Matthews | Sarbjit Natt | slave ship | textiles | Yinka Shonibare


Two Temple Place
2 Temple Place
London WC2R 3BD

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