Sussex textiles artist Claire Buckley to host free exhibition at Knole in Sevenoaks

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By kentsussex | Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 15:11

Visitors to Knole's Orangery this spring will see Sussex artist Claire Buckley's beautiful handmade and woven textiles in a free exhibition.

Transitions details the changes Claire makes to vibrant threads to turn them into works of art: gold threads become a tactile, three-dimensional landscape; a shell design becomes a music stool cover; a band of tapestry weaving becomes an installation.  

A screened presentation will show how the works evolve in her hands.

The exhibition will also feature the story of Knole's own tapestries, many of them seventeenth-century Flemish works from royal palaces, and show how the National Trust house in Sevenoaks cares for them.

At the same time, in the Great Hall, the Textile Group Sevenoaks will be exhibiting its new History of Knole textile, a long and intricate banner telling the story of Knole itself.

On three separate Saturdays (30 March and 6 & 13 April), Claire, who lives in Hastings, will be demonstrating her art in the Orangery, from noon-3pm, using a hand loom to show how she creates tapestries.

Jane Maltby, marketing manager at Knole, said: "We're really excited to be opening the season with this exhibition. 

"Textiles are such an important part of the collection at Knole, and we've been looking forward to exploring some of the richness of this art form. 

"We know our visitors love demonstrations and learning about ancient crafts, so we are hoping that they will come to support Claire as she shows us how she weaves her work."

The free exhibition runs from 26 March to 28 April in the Orangery, which is open Tuesday-Sunday (plus Easter Monday and Monday 8 April), 10.30am-5pm.

The History of Knole textile is in the Great Hall (where normal admission applies), 26 March to 28 April: open Tuesday-Sunday (plus Easter Monday), 12noon-4pm (last entry 3.30pm).



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