Explore Your Archive: Poet Jane Weir talks design inspiration

Fabric print 1Barron and LarcherFabric print 2Jane Weir book

For this year’s Explore Your Archive week we are delighted to welcome poet and designer Jane Weir to the record office. Jane will be here to talk about working with the archive of the modernist textile designers, handblock printers and dyers, Phyllis Barron and Dorothy Larcher, who were commercially successful during the inter war years.

Phyllis Barron (1890-1964) and Dorothy Larcher (1884-1952) met in the Brook Street Gallery shortly after the First World War and went on to form a lifelong partnership, during which they designed and made a range of handblock printed textiles using predominantly natural dyes.

Their work was exhibited in respected Arts and Crafts galleries such as The Three Shield Gallery in Kensington Church Street, London and The Mayor Gallery and the Red Rose gallery in Manchester.

Jane’s book Walking the Block is a poetic biography of their creative partnership and lives together, accompanied by images of their textiles and related objects.

Jane will be talking to us about Barron and Larcher’s work and also about her own experiences in using an archive to produce her poetry. Jane will be bringing along examples of Barron and Larcher textiles, examples of their printing blocks and also examples of her own textiles, inspired by their work.

Specifically chosen items from the record office’s collections will also be on display and will include archives which can inspire creative writing and design, such as fabric swatch books from Potter and Co dye works and watercolour caricatures from the Woodward collection.

So whether you are interested in poetry, creative writing, design, textiles or just in creativity itself, this promises to be a fascinating and inspirational talk.

19th November, 11.00am-12.30pm, Derbyshire Record Office  https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/leisure/record_office/visiting_us/default.asp

This event is free but do book a place at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/explore-your-archive-talk-with-jane-weir-tickets-19062501455

or call us on 01629 538347

For more information on national Explore Your Archive week, visit The National Archives pages: http://exploreyourarchive.org/

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