Friday, 31 July 2015

The House of Daphne: Sarah Burford

There will be a selection of Sarah Burford's beautiful illustrations exhibited alongside her Daphne's Glove project piece this Autumn. 

"Under the creative direction of Sarah Burford (Curious Pip), The House of Daphne is ready to launch it's new season collection this September. Bucking tradition The House of Daphne has decided to unveil the collection not in Paris, London or Milan but, wait for it...The Weavers Gallery in Herefordshire." 

Front row seat anyone..?  
The millinery creations of Elsa Schiaparelli & Lilly Dache have been a rich source of inspiration for Sarah Burford's Daphne. 

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Dents & The Rabbit

Earlier this year when English glove maker Dents heard about the inclusion of several pairs of their vintage gloves in the Daphne's Glove project, they very kindly sent us some leather scraps for the artists use.
(We included a short video showing how a Dent's glove is made in an earlier post HERE.) 
In these photographs you can see how delightfully those scraps have been transformed by Karen Shapley into a bag and paws for her project piece - the Rabbit.
Thank you Dents - this has brought an element of both historic and contemporary British glove making into the project.    
Rabbit arms with red suede paws

Leather foraging bag complete with tiny piece of driftwood

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Blotter: Mandy Pattullo

 The addition of an item which has been in Mandy Pattullo's possession for some time brings together all the elements for her Daphne's story to conclude. A much used red blotter marked with cup rings from beverages past and tattooed with the name Paul.

"Now I have finished the book (of print & stitch) which brings me and Daphne and the glove together I am starting to think a little of the presentation. I was a great diary writer myself when a teenager. All that angst about boys you fancied, the whole dating experience mixed in with lists of meals eaten that day and the carefully recorded lists of the top twenty and books read. I wrote my dairy sitting at the desk where I did all my homework. In those days we wrote in ink and this blotter with a doodley bit of blotting paper inserted was always under whatever I was doing. Sometimes the doodles extended to under the sheet of blotting paper. I don’t even remember who “Paul” was! 
It seems fitting to present my Daphne work on this piece of my past. I also plan to send some of the diaries to the exhibition, just the red ones of course, so that you can read in full about Daphne’s exploits."