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