Using Textiles As Art and Celebrating Female Artistry Of Past Centuries. Spring Fair 29 April to 4 May 2014 at Battersea Park in London.
After the success of Winter Decorative Fair 2014, a new one is just announced for Spring. This time, The Foyer display theme will focus on ‘Using Textiles as Art’. Many antique textiles have become too precious to use for their original purpose: dowry textiles such as suzanis, needlepoint for upholstery, embroidered silk clothing, tribal weavings as floor mats. They are today preserved and mounted for display as wall art, and in their unique way demonstrate skill, beauty and cultural traditions. Textiles can also provide a large volume of art at a far better price than paintings!
These domestic textiles indirectly celebrate female artistry of past centuries: many of these pieces would have been created by women for their own or their family’s use. Their labour-intensive endeavour to create practical yet beautiful textiles can be admired and appreciated today.
Also included will be formal tapestries and rugs woven originally as art but which combined beauty with practicality (warmth); needlework pictures and objects that demonstrate the skills of women with leisured hours, and commercial decorative textiles, such as Asian embroidered silk panels that were created in response to a European demand for the exoticism of the orient from the 17th to early 20th centuries.
The display will be curated by exhibitor Molly Hogg, who has 30 years’ experience dealing in antique textiles from the world over. All works will be drawn from dealers at the Fair and will be for sale.