We welcomed a great crowd to the printworks last Tuesday, to the opening of our first ever ‘open’: The Hankie Show. Many of the handkerchief makers had cut a swathe across London to meet, spot their hankies, and compare notes, techniques and ideas with fellow contributors. Thankfully, Florence and Maciek had helped devise and make a structure by which the works could all hang on washing lines at eye level- the rewards of close inspection were plentiful- beautiful embroideries, witty lines, the hankie as a nifty home for detail!
Works by: Sarah Campbell, Margaret Barrett, and Iris Francisco
I was too busy chatting and selling hankies to take any pictures, but here are a few from a sunlit afternoon later that week. I hung the show in seven themes in order to showcase the variety of approaches, and mix up the works submitted, so that all the work could be displayed side by side, regardless of who was behind it. My cunning plan was to think of diverse categories, like a poetry anthologist: the sections that emerged were: mysterious materials,
Works by Clare Patey and Tim Mitchell, Fiona King, Chantal Coady, Jane Millar
(for designs that played with the medium), snot funny, (for jokes),
works by Jane Smith, Gary Greene, Lani Irving
animal helpers and bogeymen, (excellent to have at the ready in a pocket)
works by Helen Truran, Phil Baird, Annabelle Burridge
snowflakes, keepsakes and pocket poems, (often exquisite observations on loss)
works by Gwendy Jones, Tatjana Abrendt, Hannah Weedon
rallies on the square, (for political commemorations or sloganeering)
works by Matthew Meadows, Dia Batal
nights on the town, (hankies for dandies, perhaps to drop, flirtatiously)
works by David Holah, Trinity Mitchell
and the magician’s flourish (irresistable pattern, colourful fanfares…) see opening image.
It was exciting to see the printworks filled with guests, all eagerly looking at the sea of visual delights filling the room. The atmosphere was of shared enjoyment, every small square with so much to say, and each one speaking in its own distinct, particular voice. Huge thanks to all who contributed, to the LPT crew who have supported the project, and also to the excellent visitors, who handed over cash donations for hand printed cloth, as well as kind words and sighs of wonder! Amazingly we are still getting some late offerings, which I will aim to squeeze onto our groaning washing lines. I already had to bring in my print browser from home…
Do come by and see the show, it will be up until 14th December, and we are open 6 days a week, 9.30 till 5.30, tucked between Nat West and Morleys, slantingly opposite Brixton tube, one flight up at 7 Piano House, easy really!