Joy Pitts is assembling a contemporary portrait of Jane Austen. 71 words from the opening paragraph, Chapter 1 of Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice are woven onto 4000 cotton tapes and assembled in Austen’s face using only dressmaker pins. The background of the canvas is covered with 1000's of nametapes listing the 16 main characters.
Work in progress: 71 words.
A contemporary portrait of Jane Austen for Winchester Cathedral. 71 words from the opening paragraph, Chapter 1 of Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice are woven onto 4000 cotton tapes and assembled in Austen’s face using only dressmaker pins. The background of the canvas is covered with 1000's of nametapes listing the 16 main characters.
Exhibition at Winchester Cathedral from 8th June - 30th September 2017.
Looking forward to this .........On the evening of Tuesday 7th March 2017, The International Churchill Society (UK) will hold a champagne reception at the Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill Hotel. The guest speaker will be Alan Watson; broadcaster, author, former President of the Liberal Party and peer. The evening represents a wonderful oppiortunity to enjoy the company of fellow Churchillians and to meet friends both old and new.
My art installation will be available to view in the window at Sue Ryder Vintage & Retro, 30-32 Goose Gate, Nottingham NG1 1FF from dusk until late. I will also be around to meet and chat to visitors about my piece created using 5000 used clothing labels. The work is also FOR SALE during the exhibition.
MAPS are available from Nottingham Tourism Centre and Central Library. My art installation is NUMBERED 45 on the map.
What a fantastic year!
It began on Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II birthday with an invitation to exhibit the royal portrait in the window of bespoke tailors Meyer & Mortimer, Mayfair, London. The portrait then toured to Smalley's, a Gentleman's outfitters in Nottingham for the official celebrations in June, followed by an invitation to attend a street party at Bakewell Old House Museum, Derbyshire. The royal portrait made from names taken from a Derbyshire War Memorial then spent the summer at Derby Museum, where residents were thrilled to find WW1 family names in the artwork. Finally in 2016 the portrait was selected for exhibition at the prestigious Bishops Palace, Wells, Somerset. It was here that Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall viewed my work hanging amongst the historic portraits in the Long Gallery.
Also worth mentioning is my portrait of Sir Winston Churchill, a collaboration with three of Churchill's selected outfitters on Savile Row and St James, London. Known as Britain's 'Best-dressed PM' Churchill's portrait toured to the three windows in the Autumn of 2016.
My work also appeared on BBC FOUR MAKE #craftbritain in June and in several newspapers and publications including Country Life Magazine and The Radio Times. 2016 concluded with a commission for Bromley House Library, an artwork to celebrate 200 years of this amazing library in Nottingham Market Square. Please feel free to visit the library to view the work in the new reading room.
I am now looking forward to 2017, and to sharing my work as new projects and exciting collaborations evolve.
Best wishes for a happy and prosperous new year. Joy Pitts.
MUTE SWAN assembled from 5000 used clothing labels will be exhibited as part of Light Night Nottingham on Friday 10th February 2017. The work will be available to view in the window at Sue Ryder Vintage & Retro, 30-32 Goose Gate, Nottingham NG1 1FF.
The window installation runs from 28th Jan – 11th Feb 2017
GET INVOLVED ALL WELCOME
Join Artist Joy Pitts for a drop-in event on Saturday 4th February 11am – 4pm to help unpick labels for Joy’s next creation.
Special thanks to Sue Ryder Vintage & Retro, and Nottingham Light Night 10th Feb 2017.
NOTE Mute Swan will be FOR SALE during the exhibition email email@example.com
On Saturday 3rd December I will joining Maggies at the City Hospital Campus, Gate 3, Hucknall Road, Nottingham, NG5 1PH for their Christmas Fair from 11am until 1:30pm.
Paul Smith commissioned ‘Red Rabbit’ for his private collection using 1000’s of his designer labels. We are now able to offer a Limited Edition Giclee Print for £140 with a 10% donation to Maggies Cancer Care. A few prints will be available to purchase on the day and orders taken.
Window Exhibition of WW1 Homing Pigeon by special invitation. Crabpot Books, High Street, Cley-next-the-Sea, Norfolk. NR25 7RN. Antiquarian and specialist interest in bird books.
22nd October - 18th November (including Remembrance Sunday 13th).
Turnbull & Asser were favoured by Churchill, pattern cutting and crafting his shirts and spot silk bow ties. Later referring to Churchill simply as size 46 and designing his famous ‘siren suit’. READ MORE