The Bowes Museum and Pauline Burbidge

Can’t tell you how much I enjoyed our visit to The Bowes Museumlast Sunday despite the terrible weather.  It was like driving through a possessed car wash on the way home but it was soooo worth it.
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I warn you that this post is a long one PACKED full of photos all included to tempt you to visit for yourselves.

The reason for going to the museum was to see the Quiltscapes & Quiltline by Pauline Burbidge
I have been an admirer of her work for some time and was really looking forward to seeing more of it – I wasn’t disappointed.  

It was a challenge taking photos as some of the work is behind glass and the room is not brightly lit as it also houses other vintage textile collections.

The layout of the exhibition was really interesting, not being the usual format of quilts on stands.
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The blue and white bit in the middle (above) is a screen showing lots of different images and there is a glass case below the screen displaying lots of sketch books and some of the tools and materials used by Pauline.
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These quilts are really quite a size and this is one of the new pieces using cyanotype.
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The detail is absolutely gorgeous.
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Close up of another piece.
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There were some smaller framed pieces which were all sold except for one.
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I promise you that my photos DO NOT do the work justice and they really need to be seen ‘in the flesh’ so to speak.  I actually went back a second time to see all the work again before I left (aka was dragged away).

This exhibition is on until 10th April 2016 and then moves to The Ruthin Craft Centre in North Wales where it runs from 23 April until 10 July 2016. Definitely get to either venue if you can!

As I said before there are other vintage collections in the same room.  The quilts below are hung in a central ‘Glass Cube’, which is a textile study centre.  Of course I was well chuffed that there was a Log Cabin example hung there (my favourite block).
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Opposite the quilts on the right is a series of garments from across the ages, here are some of my favourites – not surprising that shoes feature A LOT!
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A girl after my own heart, if you like them, buy all the colours available!  What struck me about these, were how contemporary they look, except for how narrow they are.
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I didn’t know anything about the history of The Bowes Museum or about John and Joséphine Bowes but I was really taken with their story.  There is a short video that you can sit and watch which I would recommend. Go to the history page on the museum website to find out more.

You may have seen a tv programme about remaking this dress which belonged to Joséphine Bowes.
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I kid you not, the waist is absolutely TINY!
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And here she is wearing it…
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And bringing us back up to date is the The New Light Prize Exhibition

Here are a couple that I really loved
2016 Feb 06 The Bowes Museum New Light 1a t r a c y f o xI love the fact that this is painted onto concrete and is so realistic. I would have this on my wall any day.
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This one is brilliant in so many ways I think and again I would have this.
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And last but by no means least, the very famous Silver Swan which has become the icon of the museum and much loved and remembered. It is now housed in a glass case but you can see it from all angles.
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I posted about my visit on twitter and the responses I got were amazing.  Some people remembering seeing the swan when they were children and asking if it is still working and it most definitely is.

At 2pm everyday, chairs are laid out around the swan, the lights are dimmed in the exhibition room it is in and a very nice gentleman gives a brief talk about the history and rarity of this fabulous automaton.
Music starts and the swan begins to move, arching its neck in different directions and then ‘eating’ one of the fish moving in the ‘water’.  It is only about 40 seconds long but it is still incredible how smooth the movement is for something made in 1773.
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Even it’s history is fascinating and is definitely worth a read. The detail on it is incredible, they really knew how to make stuff in those days.
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I did tell you it was a long post but hopefully one you enjoyed.

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