FREE - See a brand new portrait of Sir Winston Churchill created by textile artist Joy Pitts using bespoke labels from three of Churchill's favourite outfitters - Henry Poole & Co, Turnbull & Asser and Lock & Co Hatters. READ MORE
By popular demand the Queen Elizabeth portrait will be available to view for 4 days in a Nottingham Gentleman’s Outfitters window to coincide with Her Majesty’s official birthday celebrations in June. It is an absolute privilege to show the work in the window at: -
54 Derby Road
0115 947 3853
Open 11:30am until 5:30pm
Established in 1888, Smalley’s has more than a century of experience in providing luxury men’s clothing and first class tailoring. An amazing shop well worth a visit, offering Hatter-Made To Measure Suits-Classic Menswear-Regimental Ties-Medal Mounting. With special thanks to shop owner Mr. Brandon Harris. www.smalleysgentsoutfitters.co.uk
From 1pm on Wednesday 8th June 2016.
Until 5pm on Saturday 11th June 2016.
Shop opening times 11:30am until 5:30pm.
Not available to view after the shop has closed due to the window shutters.
Artist Joy Pitts will be at site on Friday 10th June from 2pm until 5:30pm and at other times by request.
Smalley’s is situated towards the bottom of Derby Road (one-way Street) on the right hand side as you leave Nottingham and four doors up from The Strathdon Hotel. Parking is available outside the shop and continues up Derby Road (both sides) payable by parking meter.
Joy Pitts (MA Fine Art 2005) has completed a label portrait of Sir Winston Churchill to coincide with the issue of the new five-pound note featuring Sir Winston Churchill later in 2016. Continue reading....
Window installation at Military Tailors, London. Delighted to announce that my recent portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, assembled from Derbyshire WW1 nametapes will be exhibited at No 6 Sackville Street, London, home to bespoke tailors Meyer & Mortimer. With their historic connections to military uniforms, this unspoilt tailors shop in Mayfair will provide the perfect site-specific environment in which to remember these World War One fallen servicemen.
Since 1790 military wear has played a key historic role in their outfitting business, including the British forces, commanders and Kings. Meyer & Mortimer have held a Royal Warrant from Queen Elizabeth II since 1955, and still tailor uniforms for the Military Knights of Windsor today.
Meyer and Mortimer are thrilled to exhibit this Royal portrait reflecting on Her Majesty’s sixty-four year reign, and long dedication to our Armed Forces.
The Queen’s portrait took 136 hours to create and used 125 grams of dressmaker pins.
Exhibition runs from Saturday 9th April until Wednesday 27th April 2016.
Work in progress: Size 46.
Work in progress:-
Turnbull & Asser have supplied a wonderful variety of size and colour woven labels for inclusion in Winston Churchill’s portrait. The largest shirt label measures 8cm long and is shown below in Churchill’s chest size 46cm. The smallest label ‘Hand Made in England’ measures just 13mm, and a selection of colours will be used for Churchill’s signature spot bow tie and blue eyes. The smaller tie labels in black, white and brown are also essential and will be used to assemble the detail on Churchill’s face, hat and cigar. I use thousands of dressmaker pins to attach woven garment labels in neat rows, the pins add depth and texture to the work giving a 3D effect. The use of dressmaking pins also reflects the process of making garments.
The work will be exhibited in London later in the year to coincide with the issue of the new five-pound note featuring Sir Winston Churchill.
Delighted that Henry Poole are supplying their black and white historic woven labels for inclusion in Churchill's portrait. The labels are unchanged since the 1920's and are therefore the exact label that Churchill wore in his chalk striped flannel suit.