Two of my artworks have been selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2018. I decided to respond to the call out by Grayson Perry to produce work for his 'Room of Fun'. The two original works have now sold but Limited Edition prints are available, 33x33cm.
The exhibition runs until 19th August 2018.
I will be exhibiting three original bees at the Framework Knitters Museum, Chapel Street, Ruddington, Nottingham NG11 6HE, with a donation to this wonderful Museum. Well worth a visit, Saturday 26th to Monday 29th May 11am until 4pm.
Two of my artworks have been shortlisted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2018. I decided to respond to the call out by Grayson Perry to produce work for his 'Room of Fun'. Preview of the embroidered labels below, more info coming soon.
I travelled down from Derbyshire to be part of the whole day celebrations at Winchester Cathedral for the 200th Anniversary of Jane Austen’s passing. It was an amazing day with diverse events including the launch of the new ten-pound note by The Bank of England. The Dean and Dr Gillian Dow made special tributes to Jane Austen, not only about her very special resting place at the Cathedral but also how she now has the ability to travel the world in our pockets and purses. The Dean, Catherine Ogle also praised their summer exhibition, ‘Inspired by the Word’, and how artists had been selected to create art. It is an honour to have my portrait of Jane Austen, made from labels and pins included in the exhibition, particularly with such a local and global dedicated audience (ends 30th Sept 2017).
Pleased to announce that my study - Lobes of the Brain with 321 garments, has been selected for the exhibition HERE & NOW at Nottingham University, exploring mental health.
Summer Exhibition, Here and Now
Institute of Mental Health
University of Nottingham Innovation Park
Jubilee Campus, Triumph Road
Nottingham NG7 2TU
0115 823 1294
17th May - 29th September 2017
Understanding personality expression and decision making are explored through the development of this study. Utilising the small size description label from each garment reduces the scale of the work but increases its content, allowing many community contributions to be included. Woven and printed labels removed from garments with dressmaker pins on canvas.
Thank you to Weston Park for selecting the WW1 Homing Pigeon as part of their Fine Art Open Competition. The exhibition runs from 1st - 30th August 2016 at Weston Park Art Gallery, Shropshire, TF11 8LE.
For 15 years Joy Pitts has gathered used labels from local charity shops, unpicking labels from the neck of rag garments. The 20,000 used labels in this exhibition have all been gathered from Ilkeston; therefore local residents were once walking around in these garments. It took five years to gather sufficient red labels to produce the smaller Ayrshire Cow. Joy’s award winning ‘Dairy Cow’ work, which is made up of 5,000 used garment labels, is on display in the window at Ilkeston’s Sue Ryder shop on Bath Street for two weeks to accompany the exhibition. A highlight of the exhibition is a 1.3 metre Homing Pigeon assembled from 466 World War One names taken for the Cenotaph in Ilkeston Market Place. The image is a tribute to the men and inspired by the thousands of homer pigeons that lost their lives during the First World War when they were used to transfer important and life-saving messages.
Recent work includes a Commission for fashion designer Paul Smith and selection for The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Joy’s latest project is a portrait of Her Majesty the Queen to celebrate her 63-year reign.
The exhibition ‘20,000 Used Labels’ continues at The Lally Gallery, Erewash Museum, Ilkeston, DE7 5JA from 11th Sept – 30th Oct 2015. The Museum is FREE to enter and is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am until 4pm and is situated just off the Market Place.