30th May 2019

Tuesday 4 June sees the launch of a new residency at the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft which will run until mid-October, this year.

The Weaving Residency, in association with Cockpit Arts, will showcase the work of Cockpit weaver Alice Timmis, who specialises in Jacquard woven fabrics, hand-woven bespoke cloth and embroideries.

Alice will be working on a large George Maxwell loom which is part of the Museum’s permanent collection. The marriage of this historic loom and Alice’s contemporary style celebrates the resurgence of interest in this traditional craft.

Annie Warburton said, “Our collaboration with Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft brings together two creative communities and showcases the creativity of both.  Clothworkers’ Company Awardee Alice Timmis is one of 30 artists working in textiles within Cockpit Arts’ community of 150 leading makers.  The Residency will give Alice rare time and space to develop new work on a historic loom – and to share her practice with the public. I’ve no doubt it’ll be a springboard to new creative directions – I can wait to see how Alice’s work evolves during the residency.”

This residency is part of Women’s Work, a major new exhibition on the work of craftswomen who turned their practices into successful businesses between the two World Wars.

Alice will be in the museum working on the loom on the following days when visitors are invited to come along to see her at work and learn about slow fashion and ethical production.

13 & 27 July, 10 & 24 August, 7 & 21 September, 5 October

Plan your visit http://www.ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk/