‘Off the Surface’ exhibition captures a passion for embroidery

Royal School of Needlework second year Degree students’ work for Off the Surface

Royal School of Needlework second year Degree students’ work for Off the Surface

‘Off the Surface’ exhibition at Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, Devon TQ13 9AF until 9 July, is a collaboration between the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and the Royal School of Needlework (RSN), London.

The exhibition showcases contemporary, hand embroidered work inspired by treasures from the past. It draws upon a world-renowned collection of 2,500 unique and priceless embroidery pieces, held at the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court. The Collection also includes 60,000 designs, photographs and documents which detail and capture our passion for embroidery across time. The School’s second year degree students have made new work to sit alongside rarely seen archival objects, such as Victorian collars, handkerchiefs, antique purses and Chinese embroidery.

Royal School of Needlework second year Degree students’ work for Off the Surface

Royal School of Needlework second year Degree students’ work for Off the Surface

Steeped in history and with unrivalled expertise in hand embroidery techniques, the Royal School of Needlework students have taken this captivating, traditional craft and made it relevant today.  Off the Surface presents a breathtaking array of garments, cushions, decorative hangings and adornments. Their stitched work shows how they’ve looked back to traditional sewing methods found in the archives, but interpreted them in new and experimental ways. Influences range from haute couture and interior design – to avant garde and abstract.

The School’s degree in Hand Embroidery for Fashion, Interiors, Textile Art is a full time, specialist course.  Students’ immersion in contemporary and traditional embroidery practices will often lead to work placements or commissions for fashion houses such as Burberry (Ariane Hall) or Alexander McQueen (Alex Standring). Their innovations in hand-stitching mean students’ work is sought after by galleries such as The New Craftsmen (London) and now, excitingly the Devon Guild, which aims to promote new ideas and approaches to craft and design.  This new exhibition not only lifts threads and fabrics ‘Off the Surface’ – but should raise your spirits too.

Exhibition is open daily, 10am-5.30pm. Free entry.

 

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