The Hankie Show                                                                                                                        Curated by Artist in Residence Sophie Herxheimer

16th November to 14th December 2011                                                                                Private view: 6.3opm – 8.30pm, Tuesday 15th November 2011.

Eco-friendly and far more elegant than a crumpled paper tissue, it is time to reinstate the cotton or silk hankie at the centre of things – in your pocket or handbag, or up your sleeve.

Of course handkerchiefs have many associations, they are as essential to magicians, hay-fever sufferers, dandies and flirts as they are to the bereaved. They have been used to show secret maps, become souvenirs and mementoes, shield heads from the sun, trap lovers and signify a proper goodbye at the railway station.

Small and light, they are ideal for conveying messages, wishes and any type of decorative textiles.

Curated by London Printworks’ current Artist in Residence Sophie Herxheimer, the exhibition will showcase some of the brilliantly creative, humourous and colourful creations received by open submission. Handkerchiefs from students, illustrators, poets, embroiders, designers, artists and enthusiasts all celebrating the importance of a square of fabric.


Print, Press, Process – featuring new work by Dawn Dupree

7th September to 2nd October 2011                                                                                          Private view: Tuesday 6th September 2011.

Print, Press, Process is an exhibition of new work by textile artist Dawn Dupree and an instillation of work by other artists that compliment her current research.

Dawn has been experimenting with textile print processes since 1990.Her new series of blue prints created over the past six months are experimentations with a range of textile processes and mark-making applied to watercolour papers. The work is a log of exploration – questioning whether process or substrate defines or limits innovation within traditional textile print.

The installation wall accompanying Dawn’s work presents a miscellany of heat press technique samples created by leading artists and designers. Influenced by the research and development of Dawn’s new book Heat Transfer Techniques, the samples presented capture the spirit of investigation and scientific recording at the cutting edge of contemporary textile practice, combining materials from wallpaper to plastics.

The installation will grow over time to keep the line of enquiry and experimentation open ended. Viewers are encouraged to investigate and interact with the samples, the processes and the materials to find, or create, something new.

Artists/ Designers who contributed and listed samples:

James Bosley:

Textile Print Designer for fashion & Senior Printmaker at London Printworks Trust. www.jamesbosley.co.uk

Dye sublimation print on polyester crepe de chine. (pictured)

Foiled marble print on bonded cottons.

Dye sublimation on lame.

Dawn Dupree:

Textile Artist. www.dawndupree.com

Embossed neoprene.

Hannah Yate:

Textile Artist & Illustrator. www.hannahyate.co.uk

Digital dye sublimation on hand and machine stitched polyester thread, silk base. (pictured)

Digital dye sublimation onto hand woven polyester and wool.

Kitty Joseph:

Graduate from the RCA Masters Research and Development in Mixed Media Textiles
. Kitty is a future bursary recipient at London Printworks.

Hand painted sublimation dyes on various polyester woven fabrics (pictured).

Digital ombre sublimation print on to polyester organza.

Heather Belcher:

Textile Artist.       www.heatherbelcher.co.uk

Heat transfer paper onto handmade felt.

Rachel Philpott:

Currently undertaking PhD research at the Royal College of Art, which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. www.rachelphilpott.com

Laser cutting, heat press and handfolding – non-woven polyester, polyester lycra, PETG and hotmelt adhesives (pictured).

Laser cutting, heat press and handfolding – non-woven polyester, textile foil and polypropylene.

Lee Slack:

Textile Artist.

Digital sublimation print onto felt.

Bridget Bailey:

Milliner. www.baileytomlin.com

Embossed silk and velvet.

Susan Eyre:

Textile Artist. www.susaneyre.co.uk

Digital sublimation print on organza and polyester with head reactive adhesive web.

Ann Yndestad: Textile Artist. www.annyndestad.no

Ricardo Matos: Textile print Designer. Contributed foil on satin

Helen Truran: Textile Print Designer. Recently completed a volunteer internship at London Printworks. helentruran.co.uk Contributed Sublimation dyed, foiled and fused polyester lace curtain.

Wendy Edmonds: Textile Designer. www.wendyedmondstextiles.co.uk Contributed Heat transferred sublimation dye print onto lambspun polyester fleece.

Elizabeth Mary Clay: Textile Print Designer for fashion. elizabethmaryclay.blogspot.com Contributed Fused Space blanket & dye sublimation on wool.