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The arts of weaving and painting on display

Rye Art Gallery Trust has collaborated with Romney Tweed CIC on a new exhibition to show artworks and textiles that draw inspiration from the landscapes of the Romney Marshes through to the beaches of Dungeness. It is on show in the Rye Art Gallery in the High Street as we write.

There is a wonderful synergy that exists between the creation of artworks and the designs of Romney Tweed, who in turn take its inspiration from the colours and patterns of these unique natural environments.

On display are products from the raw wool right through to the yarn and finished tweeds. Accompanying these are historic works painted by Howard and Mary Stormont in the studio which has become Rye Art Gallery. Mary Stormont’s oil paintings of Rye Bay and Spring on the Marsh are somehow mirrored in the design of this tweed, which in turn took inspiration from Derek Jarman’s Prospect Cottage in Dungeness.

‘The Nativity Hut’, painted by Brian Yale

Other artists represented include Louis Turpin with his Landscapes with Romney Marsh Sheep  and Brian Yale with The Nativity Hut which also captures the colours of Dungeness which are reflected in other colours selected for the designs of Romney Tweed. This hut featured in Derek Jarman’s film The Garden (1990). The painting was donated to Rye Art Gallery by the artist in memory of Derek Jarman who died in 1994.

On Saturday March 9 there will be the second of four free weaving demonstrations in the Stormont Studios at Rye Art Gallery, 12-2pm. Weaving skills will be demonstrated at this event for all the family by Debbie Dix, using a hand held loom and all visitors are welcome to try weaving.

The exhibition runs until March 24 at Rye Art Gallery. So please do come along and join us.

Image Credits: Juilian Day , Julian Day .

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