Until Crafting Spaces secures its permanent home – hopefully by late summer 2013 – Westcroft Gallery in Kingsand, South East Cornwall, has kindly played host to the October 2010 and 2011 exhibitions.
After staging two exhibitions with a dining table at the centre, I wanted to explore a new domestic space. A bedroom – or a boudoir – offered great possibilities to show how craft could look in a different part of the home. The setting immediately suggested a very feminine style: a space rich in deep, floral colours, a hint of romance, and vibrant pieces of craft that captured the theme.
Cool, chilled colours and mirrored surfaces set the scene for On Reflection. Inspired by the Snow Queen’s palace in the story by Hans Christian Andersen, On Reflection continued the Crafting Spaces theme of placing furniture in a gallery – a dining table with a mirrored top was the setting for stunning glass pieces by James Lethbridge and Catherine Carr.
Gothic revival was the flavor of Expectations, Crafting Spaces’ first exhibition at Westcroft Gallery in Kingsand, Cornwall. A domestic-styled setting of a dining table and chairs was given a theatrical twist with rich opulent colours, amidst darker brooding shades – and just a touch of menace. Mary Shelly meets Miss Havisham.