Then in June Harriet Lawton came along to talk to us about the Cataloguing Padiham project she became involved with at Gawthorpe last year. She detailed her work from college to the present day with a series of interesting slides. I said these two talks were loosely connected - well, her degree work was inspired by Kintsugi which is the ancient Japanese technique for repairing broken pottery using seams of gold powder mixed with resin or lacquer. Their view is that a break is part of the object's history and its beauty is enhanced rather than diminished by its imperfection. Harriet achieved this effect in stitch by encapsulating the broken object in fine fabric with gold stitching along the breaks.
|A memento piece - it looks so "real" it startles you to pick it up and feel it is feather-light!|
Since graduating Harriet has been involved with a number of large scale exhibitions and displays.
The Cataloguing Padiham project Harriet undertook in conjunction with Gawthorpe Hall collected memories and impressions of Padiham from members of the public, which were written on labels and displayed at the Hall in 2016 ..........................
........... and this in turn has led to a collaboration with the Council in a plan to enhance the public environment in Padiham's streets.
|Harriet, top right, talking to our members about her work|
Thanks to Val and Sue for the photographs. J