Shetland Storytelling in Textiles

jen slideshow10497873_838099269554072_7507438131398768374_oCommon Thread at the Bonhoga Gallery offers a fascinating interpretation of Shetland by textile artist Jen Deschenes.

The exhibition of new work by Jen is part of the 20th anniversary programme at the gallery. Her work is intricate and exquisite with a strong narrative at its core, drawing on Shetland traditions and her own personal histories. Born in Shetland and raised in Whalsay her Shetland roots are at the heart of her work.

Talking about her solo exhibition Jen explains “I have created a narrative, a visual story, a love story using the feminine medium of textiles but speaking of fishing, man and the sea. I have made a series of bed-jackets, stockings and knickers mainly using haute couture embroidery, traditional embroidery, hand screen-printing, digital printing, silk painting and hand dying techniques.”

She studied Textiles at Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Art and is now based in the Highlands. Her collections often involve reworking vintage fabrics, clothes and ephemera and always have a narrative at their core. Her use of drawing in her work is very important as a means of expressing this, taking inspiration particularly from old books of drawings of boats belonging to her grandfather.

See: Jen Deschenes: Common Thread
Bonhoga Gallery, Weisdale Mill, Weisdale, Shetland ZE2 9LW
Until 26 October 2014
Tues – Sat 10.30am – 4.30pm, Sun 12 – 4.30pm


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