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Dyeing Now: Contemporary Makers Celebrate Ethel Mairet’s Legacy

17 September 2016 – 31 May 2017


An exciting live research project will bring to life this 100 year old book as we attempt to catalogue every natural dye recipe from Ethel Mairet’s influential publication with the help of artists, craftspeople and students from across the country and beyond. Ethel Mairet was an enthusiastic teacher, dedicated to ensuring that her lifetime of experimentation with natural dyes and textiles was passed on to future generations. A pioneer of the 20th-century modern craft revival in Britain, Mairet’s arts and…

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Eric Gill: The Body

29 April 2017 – 3 September 2017

Eric Gill Headdress

Eric Gill (1882 – 1940) was an artist of talent, craft and vision. His work is held in the permanent collections of museums across the world including Tate, V&A and British Museum in London. The typeface he designed is one of the most commonly used in the Western world and his sculptures grace the buildings of the BBC, Westminster Cathedral and the United Nations. Ditchling was Gill’s home from 1906 to 1924, a place of great innovation and creativity for…

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Doll for Petra

29 April 2017 – 3 September 2017

doll for petra

As part of Eric Gill: The Body with Cathie Pilkington, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft continues to look at the dilemma presented by the artist’s work and his disturbing biography. A co-commission between Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft and Brighton Festival in a separate space features a new large installation by Pilkington, Doll for Petra (2017) which is inspired by a wooden doll carved by Gill for his four year old daughter Petra in 1910. Dolls and figures…

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