Joanne Horton – Chemistry for Couture
We are delighted to announce that the Vittoria Street Gallery will be hosting a solo exhibition of work by textile artist, Joanne Horton. Chemistry for Couture will be on show at the Vittoria Street gallery opening on Monday 20th January until Friday 24th February 2017. This show is on for one week only so don’t miss out!
About Joanne Horton
Although originally trained at UCE in Birmingham as an embroiderer and surface designer, in her current research and PhD study, Jo has explored fabrication technologies derived from science and manufacturing methods that mimic nature. Seduced by the ‘dark art’ of electroforming and working in a laboratory rather than an artist’s studio or craftsman’s workshop, she has become immersed in stories of Prince Albert’s personal electroforming tank at Buckingham Palace.
Her research at De Montfort University is focused on the ways in which fashion has been transformed by metallic embellishment; looking at the role British heritage craft techniques like gold work embroidery have had in the desirability of luxury and avant-garde clothing, she asks the question, what new processes of decoration are emerging that will maintain the high status of metal in 21st Century design?
In her design practice, she has conceived a new form of embroidery that, at first glance, might look as if it is traditionally stitched; it has, however, been produced via what she terms ‘metal horticulture’. This will feature in her talk alongside a collaborative project in the production of prototype garments with fashion designer, Alan Beattie.