Oriel Davies Gallery
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
12:00 AM
The Park, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2NZ
Oriel Davies

Making connections between writing and needlework through authors who often had to temper their literary ambitions against their domestic obligations (both Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters are said to have suspended their writing to make shirts), Bell’s intention is to act as a reporter of all that occurs in The Drawing Room during that particular day. Restricting herself to using the simple block-printed, cross-stitch alphabet of the sampler, Bell will sew, rather than pen, her response to what occurs around her.

Aping many of the female characters of Grimm and Perrault and, indeed, the stereotypical image of the Victorian woman sitting in her drawing room, her head lowered demurely over her embroidery, Bell will carry out her slow, painstaking undertaking in complete silence.