In 2017 Hand & Lock are celebrating 250 years of Embroidery and wanted to mark the occasion by sponsoring the V&A's Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery exhibition. To compliment the exhibit H&L are running a series of special workshops and talks each of which include a complimentary ticket to the exhibition.
Our final talk brings together the expertise and knowledge of Anthea Godfrey and Diana Springall to speak about the artistic impact and legacy of Opus Anglicanum. The two talks will explore the artistic evolution and it's impact on the 20th Century.
Name of Talk: Opus Anglicanum: An Artistic LegacySpeakers: Anthea Godfrey & Diana Springall
Date: 21 Jan 2017
Times: Drinks reception from 18.30 - 19.15 at Hand & Lock
Location: 86 Margaret Street, W1W 8TE
Directions: Nearest tube Oxford Circus
Our first speaker Anthea Godfrey, is the current Artistic Director of the Embroiderer’s Guild and a highly experienced embroiderer and educator. Previous positions have included Principal Lecturer at the London College of Fashion, Principal Lecturer and Course Director EDEXCEL, and Principal of The International School of Creative Arts, London. As a lecturer she has been invited to speak in France, Germany, Denmark, Australia, Finland, New Zealand, Japan, and Kenya. Her talk will explore Opus Anglicanum within the context of the artistic movement from which it evolved. The artistic medium will be explored with an emphasis on the ancient technique of Or Nue where gold threads are couched down with coloured silk threads to form patterns or images. Anthea’s talk will highlight the work of Beryl Dean and Margaret Nicholson who were directly influenced by the long history of embroidery as Art.
Anthea will be followed by Textile Artist Diana Springall who has established herself as a beloved British textile artist with her highly works in a host of private and public collections. She works on commissions in her spacious workshop in the Kent countryside and collects and dedicates much of her time to encouraging and collecting the work of other textile artists. Diana will present her talk 20th Century Embroidery (Techniques in the Pursuit of Art) telling the story of British Embroidery and the artists who have used needle and thread to raise the craft to an artform