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this exhibition use clothing as a conduit

and owners whose stories are hidden from

for their thoughts and ideas. Clothes are,

us. Jessie Chorley uses clothes too, finding

at their most basic an essential for warmth

beauty and inspiration in things that have

and protection, but are also very personal,

been discarded or put to one side, Jessie

they speak not only of the maker but most

brings alive their decaying beauty through

especially the wearer, their occupation

the embroidering of text and narrative.

perhaps, their social position, their tastes.

Coming from a family of makers with a

Clothes were and still are handed down

strong belief in make do and mend, Jessie

from one generation to another either

is passionate about continuing to use

through need or more significantly because

traditional techniques that have been shown

they hold special value or meaning.

to her from a very young age by her mother and grandmother.

Ruth Singer is particularly interested in the hidden aspects of women’s history and

Recycling and reusing, nothing wasted was

uses the apron, that most utilitarian piece

a concept common to most households

of clothing and transforms it into an object

until well after WWII and has seen a massive

which can represent the lives of the makers

resurgence of interest in recent years. Julie

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On My Mother's Knee  

Exhibition Catalogue from the Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre exhibition 'On my Mother's Knee' November 2013

On My Mother's Knee  

Exhibition Catalogue from the Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre exhibition 'On my Mother's Knee' November 2013

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