Bizarre and Curious Silks: Textiles by Hannah Robson
July 5 @ 10:00 am - September 21 @ 5:00 pm
Weaving is a process of framing an empty space and gradually filling it with threads. There is something magical about the building of cloth, which is at the heart of Hannah Robson’s artistic practice.
Bizarre and Curious Silks is shown in partnership with Rochester Art Gallery. In the Huguenot Museum Hannah shows work inspired by the textile heritage of the Huguenots. This new work incorporates the design elements and construction techniques from Huguenot silks, influenced by forms and styles of objects in the Museum’s collection. Hannah is inspired by the ‘Bizarre’ style of the early 18th century exemplified by master weaver James Leman. Bizarre silks were characterised by a freedom to combine strange and familiar motifs in contrasting scales with unusual use of negative space and rich colours. Alongside textiles woven by hand, Hannah has designed new jacquard-woven pieces, produced by David Walters Fabrics Ltd, in an exciting collaboration.
David Walters is a mill based in Sudbury, specialising in weaving beautiful and innovative fabrics for luxury brands. The company traces its roots to the early 18th century when it was established in Spitalfields.
Hannah celebrates and challenges the limits imposed by the loom, exploring how she can disrupt traditional woven construction. Rochester Art Gallery presents a selection of textile pieces, exploring the effects of light and shadow in two and three dimensions. Hannah combines weaving with techniques borrowed from lace making and basketry, using metallic threads. Interested in the spatial qualities of textiles, she incorporates sculptural elements into her fabrics to create technically ambitious surfaces. Rochester Art Gallery includes Hannah’s installation Ersilia which was commissioned by Crafts Council and shown at Collect Open 2018.
Hannah Robson trained at the Royal College of Art. Her installation Ersilia was commissioned by the Crafts Council for Collect Open 2018, and is included in this exhibition. She also created new work for Opening Narratives, the inaugural show at Make Hauser & Wirth, Somerset. Hannah works from her studio in Leeds and is a Technician in the 3D Weaving Innovation Centre at Leeds University, developing new weaving technologies for a wide range of textile industries.
We are grateful for funding from Arts Council England and The Worshipful Company of Weavers, and for the support of David Walters Fabrics Ltd.