Published: Wednesday, 23rd October 2019

This autumn textile artist Francesca Baur brings her unique natural hand-printed textiles to Rochester Art Gallery as the culmination of a year-long project supported by Arts Council England.

Colourful seasonal quilts and wall hangings each exploring the landscape of four of the county’s beautiful locations, have been created by Francesca for the Kent Cloth project.

Whitstable-based Francesca’s trademark, eco-friendly local textiles, employ traditional skills, from growing the flax for linen to seasonal foraging and making natural plant dyes. 

Francesca has been inspired by a botanical journey from the flax fields of Belgium to the Pines Calyx at the White Cliffs of Dover, the marshes along the Swale estuary at Elmley on Sheppey and Kent’s Garden of England with its hop vines, hedgerows and fruit trees at Brogdale and the historic floral gardens of Doddington Place.

To compliment the exhibition Francesca successfully grew flax around different locations in Kent, including the public Visitor Information Centre garden at the gallery in Rochester High Street and visitors can see the flax yarn, spun from this on show as part of the exhibition. She also grew dye plants including Hopi sunflowers, weld, woad and madder in the garden which will be used in public workshops.

Fantastic venue for artists to showcase their work

Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “I would encourage residents to visit Rochester Art Gallery and find out more about this interesting exhibition. The gallery is a fantastic venue for artists to showcase their work.” 

The Flax, Fibres & Plant Dyes: Kent Cloth textile works exhibition is supported by Arts Council England and Medway Council’s Arts Development Team and will be on display until Saturday, 4 January 2020. 

Rochester Art Gallery is open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and admission is free. The gallery is part of Medway’s highly successful, vibrant and innovative arts scene which contributes to Medway’s strong case to bid for City of Culture 2025. 

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