Sunday, 12 June 2011

Website of the Week: Sewing the Town Together

Although I am clearly biased when I write this, I would like to recommend a visit to the website of my artist sister, Charlotte Louise Garnett, who describes her working mantra as follows: "I emphasise sewing as a means of demonstrating architectural perspective of buildings and text, elaborately using the sewing machine like a pencil and the fabric as an inter-changeable canvas".

"Sewing the Town Together"

For her final year project, Charlotte undertook a unique project which she hoped would bring together the different religious institutions in Kendal, entitled "Sewing the Town Together". 

She describes the project as follows:

"Over the past year I have been researching all of the 22 religious buildings in Kendal and through my sewn works, aim to emphasise the idea of community by bringing these different establishments together through an exhibition to be held in the town in spring 2011. 

As part of the project I will be inviting a member from each establishment to an exhibition of the 26 works where they will have the opportunity to not only view the pictures but more importantly be part of an event where all religious orders can feel they are part of one single local community. After this event, they will be able to take away their respective pictures to hang in their particular establishment, thus creating a legacy exhibition sewing the town together".

"Keep Left"

She has recently completed her final exhibition of her work as a student of Fine Art at Leeds University, which is currently open to the public in the School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies at the University as part of an exhibition entitled "Keep Left". The pieces included in this exhibition utilise buildings of cultural importance as the subject matter, including the Taj Mahal, Buckingham Palace and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Charlotte uses a unique method incorporating different fabrics and textures which are skilfully sewn onto a background of calico. The effect is simple and clean, yet highly effective. 

Charlotte is available for commissions; if you would like a sophisticated, original rendering of a building or scenic location close to you, or indeed of a favourite famous landmark, whilst supporting up and coming British artistic talent, please contact her by phone on 07515176641 or by email at

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