British Home Stores; BHS, Brighton closes

A sad time for England’s’ high street – BHS’s closure takes with it many jobs, a brand identity and an archive of a British retail business dating back to 1928. When I was little, I remember being taken on shopping trips on the bus along the sea front into Worthing with my Nan, ‘Nanny Brown’ (my Dads Mum). We would go into BHS and my Nanny Brown would buy me matching vest and knickers which would have an animal on the front…. the kitten ones seem to have stuck in my head.

I have quite a few pieces of second hand BHS clothing in my own archives of raw materials. Some of these clothes I have used in past works and some I may keep as part of my own archive collection.

The work ‘S-t-r-e-t-c-h’ which I made in 1999 was woven from a size 12 British Home Stores (BHS) Polyester full petticoat, which I bought in a Brighton charity shop and had been hand dyed. Acting as a vertebra, the black lace running the full length of the petticoat became the focus of the work.

‘S-t-r-e-t-c-h’ was exhibited in group and solo exhibitions including ‘Out of the Closet’ 2000 Sothebys London and ‘Intimate Foundations’, 2000-01, first touring solo exhibition. The work was purchased back in 2001 by the former South East Art Collection, now Brighton & Hove Museums Collection.

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Photo credits; Top  BHS Brighton Last day 24th Aug 2016. middle right BHS Brighton closed middle left Lucy Browns’ ‘S-t-r-e-t-c-h’ 1999. © Uses a British Home Stores (BHS) Polyester full petticoat, size 12 (hand dyed). 130 x 125 cm. Photographers credit James Newell Bottom Lucy Browns’ Intimate Foundations. Solo Touring Exhibition. Hove Museum and Art Gallery 2001©

The final handover of ‘the secrets we keep from ourselves…’ 2012-2015

I am really so pleased to announce that ‘the secrets we keep from ourselves…’ (tswkfo) is now all safely in the store of Nottingham City Museums Art Textile Collection. This is to be the works’ new home. It has taken me a while to stabilize and prepare the work ready for its departure and to complete a 200 plus page document of installment guidelines and image library to support future installs of the work.

‘the secrets we keep from ourselves’ joins The Brides Clothes, The Brides Clothes Underwear, The Brides Clothes Wedding Album (2000-01), Squeeze (1999), Petti-fur-coat (1999) and Odd one out (2000), all part of Nottingham City Museums Contemporary Art Textile Collection.

My thanks to the team at Nottingham Museums for all their continued support, patience and assistance getting the tswkfo to it new home.

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Photos from top left – the secrets we keep from ourselves. Artist studio 2015 – Lucy Brown© tswkfo. Work in progress detail – Lucy Brown© The Brides Clothes 2000-01. Angel Row Gallery Nottingham. Opening event 2001 Angel Row Gallery © Petti-fur-coat and Squeeze 1999. Pages from Only Human Exhibition Catalogue. Crafts Council 1999-2000. Craft Council Gallery©

East Sussex Open 2016 – Open !

The Towner Art Gallery’s East Sussex Open Exhibition 2016 opens today. My work ‘All at Sea’ is part of this exhibition and I attended the private view summer party event last night. What a great evening – Thank you Towner Art Gallery for another splendid opening.

This year ‘East Sussex Open’ brings together a diverse range of works by 70 East Sussex Artists, which were selected by a judging panel consisting of by Jenni Lomax, Director, Camden Arts Centre, Brian Cass, Towners’ Head of Exhibitions and Melanie Manchot, Artist. For the first time the Exhibition is presented the Towners’ Second Floor Galleries. On the ground and first for galleries there are two other major exhibitions; ‘Some Are Nights Others Stars’ an international group show, in full Towner Art Gallery style and ‘David Bomberg: A Sense of Place’. All three Exhibitions are free entry. ‘David Bomberg: A Sense of Place continues until 11th September. ‘Some Are Nights Others Stars’ and East Sussex Open 2016 continue until 25th September.

For full details for a great day out at one of the South Easts’ most prestigious and inclusive art venues please visit http://townereastbourne.org.uk it is well worth the visit!

‘All at Sea’ is a site Specific work originally made for and exhibited on the Ross Tiger fishing Trawler, Grimsby in 2014 for The 62 Group of Textile Artists Exhibition ‘Ebb & Flow’. Being selected for the Towner’s Art Gallery’s ‘East Sussex Open’ 2016 gives the work its debut in a Gallery Context. Further information about this work is on this blog and at http://www.axisweb.org/artist/lucybrown

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Above – ‘All at Sea’ Detail. by Lucy Brown. Photographer credit; David Ramakalawon

Final work in situ. Shed Space Gallery Residency. Old Fire Station Gallery, Oxford 2016

A few photos of the final work in situ…Working live in a gallery is always full of surprises. I had some lovely unexpected conversations with gallery visitors during my two day shed space residency. These exchanges and visitors re-actions to an artist working in the gallery all at some level inform the work made in situ. Thank you to those of you who visited.

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Work made by Lucy Brown during Shed Space Gallery Residency. Arts at the Old fire Station. Oxford June 2016. Copyright – © Lucy Brown 2016

 

Gallery residency – Work in progress; Shed Space Exhibition 2016

Working with a knicker elastic warp stretched around the gallery architecture steel post and attached to the ‘shed space’ shed, I have been free fall weaving and un- weaving with a mix of nylon undergarments and stockings… starting with the basement foundations of the Former Lucas Underwear Factory building in George Street Oxford…

Lucy Brown Shed Space Artist Residency 2016 before working in situ

Above; Shed Space Exhibition. Old Fire Station Gallery Oxford. Left ‘Total Support’ by Lucy Brown

Lucy Brown Shed Space Artist Res. Warp in progress 2016

above; Warp in Progress. Lucy Brown. Gallery Residency. Shed Space Exhibition Old Fire Station Gallery Oxford

Lucy Brown. Shed Space Artist Residency 2016. Lucy Brown working in situ Lucy Brown Former Lucas Underwear Factory building june 2016

above left; Lucy Brown weaving in situ. Gallery Residency. Shed Space Exhibition Old Fire Station Gallery Oxford

above right; Back of the former Lucas Underwear factory building. Back of George Street Oxford. Lucy Brown. Research

Next weeks’ Artist Residency…… the things we lost in the fire…. ???

Just thinking through my forthcoming 2-day Gallery Residency as part of the Shed Space Exhibition at The Old Fire Station, Oxford. My current research has brought me to the former Lucas Underwear factory and its fire of 1965…. In 1965 The Old Fire Station would of still been active as a fire station… The Former Lucas Underwear Factory building still stands opposite the Old Fire Station in George Street, Oxford….. some thing to mull over….

 

I will be weaving in response to my research findings somewhere in the gallery at The Old fire Station on Friday 24 June & Saturday 25 June, 11am – 6pm. I am also leading a two hour workshop session on Saturday 25 June, 1pm – 3pm.

 

Shed Space continues until 2nd July 2016 at The Gallery, Arts at the Old Fire Station (AOFS). 40 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AQ. Tel 01865 263990

For further information and booking please go to http://www.oldfirestation.org.uk/exhibit/shed-space/

 Lucas underwear factory oxford fire 1965

Woven Hair Works in ‘Making Space’. A 62 Group Exhibition at the Silk Museum Macclesfield

My work; ‘Ladies Companions’ will be part of the forthcoming 62 Groups’ Summer Exhibition; ‘Making Space’ 17th June – 3rd September 2016 at The Silk Museum in Macclesfield. The exhibition is shaping up to be as diverse in response to its theme, ‘Making Space’, as well as in media and approach. As listed in the Macclesfield Barnaby Festival brochure;

‘Making Space’, the latest exhibition from the internationally renowned 62 Group of Textiles Artists, investigates spaces small and large; interior and exterior; personal and public; intimate and interstellar’. P22 Macclesfield Barnaby Festival 2016

‘Making Space’ private view will be on Friday 17th June 6pm – 8.30pm at the Silk Museum. Park Lane. Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6TJ. Please see links for further details about visiting & opening times.

The Silk Museum and Macclesfield town are a real delight, well worth a visit for anyone with an interest in textile, history, material and making.

http://www.silkmacclesfield.org.uk/

http://www.62group.org.uk/

https://barnabyfestival.org.uk/

‘Ladies Companions’ - detail by Lucy Brown ‘Ladies Companions’ - detail by L. Brown

above; ‘Ladies Companions’ – details

Materials; Human hair, vintage sewing tools and silk hosiery mending thread.

Consisting of six woven hair mementos, ‘Ladies Companions’ sets the scene for a sewing and mending ‘making space’. Hair and sewing tools have a long history of being used in religious, superstition and sentimental roles. Women have been known to use their own hair to mend her own silk hosiery.