If you go down to Woodend today, you’re sure of a lovely surprise. Entwined is a magical exhibition of work by three talented Scarborough artists – jeweller Sam Birch, and textile artists Jan Bee Brown and Lindsey Tyson.
The three have very different styles, but a common inspiration – nature at its most romantic and fairytale. The combination is exquisite, enhanced by its fantasy staging – garments, hats and bags are displayed on twisted branches and antlers, jewellery on ivy and moss. You almost expect to stumble across the Cottingley Fairies.
Jan Bee’s work is probably the least commercial, but most touching – her cocoon-like felt wall hangings, with little ceramic men peeping out, pay tribute to soldiers who died in the First World War in freezing conditions in the caves of the Plöcken Pass, on the Austro-Italian border. She also shows huge remembrance poppies, and garments decorated with old silverware, inspired by tales of young children fleeing Nazi Germany with the family silver stitched into their underwear.
Lindsey’s mouth-watering scarves, shawls and wraps use the most luxurious of fabrics and the richest of colours, but in new and imaginative ways – look out for the exquisite fastenings on her short throatwarmers. God really is in the detail.
And Samantha’s jewellery – portraying blossom and ivy, snakes, butterflies and bees, in silver embellished with gold highlights, freshwater pearls and semi-precious stones – will definitely have you checking your bank balance.
And that’s the great thing – this stuff is unique, designer, arty, but affordable. Prices start at just £10 for one of Lindsey’s luscious silk handkerchiefs. The most expensive thing I could find on the price list was a wrap at £348. Most hovers somewhere in between. Go on – it’s nearly Christmas.
Entwined is at Woodend Creative Workspace on The Crescent, Scarborough, until 10 December, 9am to 5pm Mondays to Fridays, and 11am to 4pm on Saturdays. For a sneak preview: http://www.entwinedexhibition.co.uk
- Published in Visuals: Reviews