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John Allen's 2nd Exhibition of Carpets

by Derek Rothera July 07, 2018

JOHN ALLEN

SPIRIT OF PLACE

Hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool and wool & silk carpets

At The Millinery Works Galleries, 87 Southgate Road, London N1 3JS

Take a trip around the exhibition

followed by the catalogue and each individual carpet's details.

 

 

 

 

THE CATALOGUE & THE CARPETS

Big Ben, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet, 122 x 90 cm

From 06 March to 29 April 2018
Tuesday-Saturday 11am to 6pm, Sunday 12 to 5pm

Peveril of the Peak, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet, 125 x 85 cm

2 sold 1 remaining

This is my fourth exhibition of carpets for the wall, the first,  ‘Dreamtime’, was inspired by Aboriginal Art, the second  ‘Nepalese Landscapes and Culture’, by my time spent in Nepal, the third, ‘British landscapes’, by my love of the countryside. 

This current exhibition is called ‘Spirit of Place’ and is inspired by the ever changing variety of British landscapes, seascapes and London scenes. Within each carpet I have tried to put more of my emotion and personal responses to the subject, while at the same time I have

occasionally discarded the actual colours as seen and replaced them with colours of the mood provoked in me on the day. Sometimes colours have been changed to evoke a physical emotion I experienced while observing and absorbing ‘The Place’.

 Sometimes I have taken liberties with the actual physical place, for example in the carpet entitled ‘Scarecrow’ I have introduced one of three scarecrows I remembered photographing in a field in France. It was dressed as a woman and I thought at the time, how strange, why had she no legs, the reason being, because her dress was long and touched the field. I had never seen any scarecrow like this before! 

 While working on some designs I had flashes of long past visual memories, some of which I have introduced. Why are there two croquet hoops in the bluebell wood? It is not till I finish a number of the designs that I realise I have added objects that were not there.

The reasons for adding them into a composition, are complex and very personal, but also visually interesting, and in obscure ways demand attention. Are they flash-back visual images of a place I have been? Are they incomplete memories, or are they simply the mind combining imaginary images giving me the feeling of the spirit of the place?

 John Allen

 Each carpet comes in a limited edition of three.

Scarecrow, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool and silk carpet.109 x 121 cm

West Pier, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet, 134 x 94 cm

 

Wren Churches in Snow, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet, 137 x 100 cm

Sunset, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet, 102 x 105 cm

Birling Gap, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool and silk carpet, 118 x 86 cm

Cerne Abbas, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool and silk carpet, 142 x 82 cm. 

Sold out

 Railway Line, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet, 101 x 98 cm

Boats, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet, 91 x 85 cm

Red Farmhouse, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet, 97 x 108 cm

Beach Huts, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool and silk carpet, 116 x 108 cm

Pleasure Barge, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet, 114 x 87 cm

Dales, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet, 89 x 80 cm

1 Sold

Hampshire Clump, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet, 83 x 83 cm

Sold out

Autumn Clump, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet, 106 x 86 cm

White House, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet, 72 x 108 cm

Red Sails, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet, 120 x 128 cm

Lavender Field, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet, 123 x 133 cm

Red Boat, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet, 113 x 88 

Groynes, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool and silk carpet, 108 x 90 cm

Blue Moon, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet, 92 x 82

Pink Sea, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool and silk carpet, 87 x 104 cm

Sunflower, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool and silk carpet, 164 x 100 cm

Lightning, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet, 91 x 125 cm

JOHN ALLEN FRCA


Born in 1934 and educated in Matlock, Derbyshire, after two years in the army, John took up Textile Design at the age of 27. He obtained a BA Hons degree at Camberwell School of Art and an MA at the Royal College of Art, London.
In 1977 John set up the knitting department at the Royal College of Art where he was Organising Tutor until 1989.

He currently lectures and conducts workshops and master classes, and
continues to work as a Consultant Designer. He was made a Fellow of the Royal College in 1985.

John has appeared on television and radio programmes about design and textiles, and was heavily involved in the development of the 12 week series of textile programmes for Anglia Television in 1993. He has written 5 books and writes regularly for numerous magazines and journals. His first book broke all sales records at the time, for any craft book, selling over 110,000 copies.

John has lectured and conducted seminars in Japan, Holland and all the English speaking countries around the world. In 1989, along with Jon Crane, he planned the new design courses for the Nihon Vogue School in Japan. In 1993 he was appointed consultant to the Victoria and Albert Museum for specialist study days and was instrumental in setting up the ‘Design for Knitting’ and ‘Art of the Stitch’ days, annual events. In 1997 John organised the ‘One Thousand Years of Knitting’ exhibition at Barcelona’s Terrassa Textiles Museum.

He regularly writes and presents papers at conferences and in 1998 he presented a paper to the National Knitting Forum, in Dallas Texas and at the Parsons School of Fashion and Textiles in New York.

In 1999 he was invited to become president of the Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Association. In 2000 he curated the Anglo-Dutch ‘New Concepts in Knitting’ exhibition for the Dutch National Textile Museum in Tilburg, Holland.
In 2003 he had his first ever one-man exhibition starting at the London Knitting and Stitching Show, where 90% of the work was sold.

In 2008 his second one-man exhibition ‘The Forbidden Kingdom‘ was launched at the Knitting and Stitching Show and then travelled around the country to numerous galleries and museums.

In 2014/15 John worked with Jonathan Anderson and Loewe to produce a range of tote bags, beach towels and scarves based on the designs of the carpets shown in his third exhibition, ‘British Landscapes’, at The Millinery Works.

Stonehenge, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool and silk carpet, 119 x 129 cm

Lone Sailor, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool and silk carpet 104 x 123 cm

Bluebell Wood, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet, 159 x 100 cm

2 sold 1 remaining

This exhibition will continue at:
* The Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield, 02 Jun to 08 Aug;
* The Embroidery Gallery, Sunbury on Thames, 20 Aug to 01 Oct;
* Knitting & Stitching, Alexandra Palace, London, 10 to 14 Oct;
* Knitting & Stitching, Convention Centre Harrogate, 22 to 25 Nov;
* The Goldmark Gallery, Rutland, Dec 2018.




Derek Rothera
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