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Hanging - Felt #29

Felt #29

  • Object:

    Hanging

  • Place of origin:

    Cumbria (made)

  • Date:

    1984 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cowern, Jenny, born 1943 - died 2005 (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Dyed and felted wool

  • Museum number:

    T.140-1985

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Jenny Cowern trained as a painter at Brighton College of Art and the Royal College of Art. Cowern was interested in structure, exploring both architectural interiors and pattern related to architectural settings in her work. She produced her first felt piece in 1976, a nine-piece matrix which she described as 'a key work'. 'Felt, Weave, Knit' focused on the transformation of a raw material to demonstrate the structure and pattern of each technique. Increasingly drawn to the freedom and directness inherent in the art of feltmaking, Cowern started to produce large scale works inspired by the fast changing skies of Cumbria; which she believed 'had the effect of huge, freely-worked watercolours and the colour in depth of frecoes'. 'Felt #29' reflects a departure away from Cowern's sky series of felts, and a concentration on cutting and re-combining the material to create a complex collage.

Physical description

Felt wall hanging using short fibre wool and dyed red and orange.

Place of Origin

Cumbria (made)

Date

1984 (made)

Artist/maker

Cowern, Jenny, born 1943 - died 2005 (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Dyed and felted wool

Dimensions

Height: 91 cm, Width: 122 cm

Object history note

Purchased. Registered File number 1984/1644.

Descriptive line

Felt wall hanging 'Felt #29' using short fibre wool and dyed red and orange, designed and made by Jenny Cowern, Cumbria, 1984.

Production Note

Attribution note: The use of short fibre wool marked a departure for Cowern, who had previously used longer fibre wook for her large-scale felts

Materials

Wool yarn; Dye

Techniques

Felted; Dyed

Categories

Textiles; Wall coverings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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