Tuesday 11 July 2023

Monday 10 July 2023

Allan Brown

 ...”and a great pestilence fell upon the land and in the silence and solitude they spun nettles to heal their souls and provide thread to weave and stitch together a different world...” Allan Brown 

'The Nettle Dress' is an independent  documentary film by Dylan Howitt. It was filmed over seven years, it documents textile artist, Allan Brown, as he becomes obsessions with nettles and by using traditional weaving techniques creates a dress that is a powerful garment, talisman and monument to the years and legacies that found their way into the warps and wefts. 

“The weaving, spinning, gathering, was like I was being equipped with these tools to get me through what was coming up.” Allan Brown 
In quick succession Allan looses his father to leukemia and his wife Alex to terminal cancer. The Nettle Dress becomes a meditation on strength in the face of indescribable grief a dress that is ultimately rugged and sturdy, a tangible metaphor for the experiences Allan navigated during it's creation. 

“On some levels it feels like it’s been a process of weaving a shroud, because it was totally there to absorb the loss and the grief.” 
Allan Brown 

Saturday 8 July 2023

Friday 7 July 2023

Kate Jenkins


Kate Jenkins made me laugh and filled me with joy at her 'Rocket Lolly' portrait of Elton John inspired by Glastonbury.

Monday 3 July 2023

Ken Kelleher II


Ken Kelleher is an American sculptor and designer who imagines and creates across multiple genres these designs are from his 'shadowform' collection. . 

Sunday 2 July 2023