‘The same hand which worked so exquisitely with the pen could work as delicately with the needle…’
From A Memoir of Jane Austen by her nephew J.E. Austen-Leigh
During the period 4th – 15th December Jane Austen’s House Museum will be home to a unique exhibition.
Stitched Together is an exhibition of textiles made by students and staff at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, and its affiliate, the Royal School of Needlework. Each piece has been made especially for the exhibition in response to the creative relationship between Jane Austen’s writing and needlework.
For Jane Austen devotees or newcomers to Chawton, an exhibition of students’ work, inspired by the Museum’s textile collections, draws attention to a lesser-known aspect of the author’s creative life and encourages a closer look at the textiles and manuscripts on display. As well as being appreciated in its own right, the work produced by the students introduces a new layer of interpretation from which all our visitors benefit.
Stitched Together has been funded by a generous grant from the Ashley Family Foundation. In preparing their work, the group has benefited from the expert tuition of the London-based textile artist Caren Garfen.
You can download a copy of the Exhibition catalogue here.