New Rhodope Blanket Designs Now In Stock January 30 2015
If you haven't had the chance to come in lately, we have a lot of new stock coming in each week... including many new designs in our Rhodope blanket.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from The Workhouse! December 24 2014
Thank you for all of your custom in 2014, we are now off to enjoy the 12 Days of Christmas and will see you in 2015!
You can still order from our website during this time, but be aware that shipping times may be longer than is usual...
Balthazar's Bizarre Bazaar November 04 2014
Annual Carpet Sale September 19 2014
Our carpet and textile sale starts Tuesday, 23rd of September and runs until Saturday, 25th October.
This is your chance to get amazing reductions on some of our most beautiful rugs and textiles.
h.Art 2014 September 06 2014
Sara Bamford, Philip Baldwin & Monica Guggisberg, Damien Francois and Richard Studer
Alex Ramsey - OS July 18 2014
August 21 - 25 Presteigne Festival Exhibition
Alex Ramsay's Exhibition: Os
A work in progress of prints considering bones and the various meanings they hold for us.
Lucy Boyd's Hand Painted Pottery May 30 2014
Pottery bowls, hand painted by Lucy Boyd now in stock...
Rhoda Partridge April 17 2014
New cards with artwork by Rhoda Partridge now in stock along with the wonderful film ‘Rhoda and the Tree of Life’ produced and directed by Barrie Gavin.
Spring! April 16 2014
Spring is in full-bloom even indoors… the blossoms are out on our rugs and the colours of springs are all all around in beautiful ceramics from a wide range of potters including: Celia Perceval, James Burnett-Stuart and Corinna Kenyon-Wade…
Christmas at The Workhouse November 28 2013
New stock in this week, pop in for a head start on your Christmas shopping!
New Cards by Rhoda Partridge September 20 2013
We now stock the full range of cards with artwork by Rhoda Partridge.
h.Art September 07 2013
Don’t miss the beautiful sights (and sounds!) of our h.Art exhibition…
We opened this morning, Saturday 7th of September and will continue through Sunday 15th September.
Beauty in design June 20 2013
If you haven’t had a chance to see our ‘Birth of a Carpet’ exhibition, we still have a collection of carpet samples from larger carpets we have woven on display. It is also a chance to learn more about the design and weaving process with some lovely drawings and photographs from our weaving facilities throughout the gallery and workshop. We also have a beautiful selection of cushions available made from remnants of our own kilims including the ‘Bargello’ or ‘flame’ kilim pictured.
Rhoda Partridge Exhibition October 23 2012
‘Made on an iPad’
Over ninety years old, but still on the cutting edge of art… Rhoda’s iPad exhibition as inspired by David Hockney’s recent iPad works.
November 2 – December 22
h.Art September 14 2012
10th – 18th September
We are one of the 102 venues participation in the 10th Herefordshire Art Week. We are pleased to display work from the artists:
Kilim: designs taken from many sources: from 18th c needlepoint to the Bauhaus.
Sculpture: the work is figurative ‘sketches in steel’ inspiration taken from The Cirque du Soleil; trained at The Slade School of Art 1966-69.
Jewellery: contemporary silver, gold and stones; trained at Sir John Cass College 2003-6.
Jewellery: mixing silver with a variety of forms, textures and colour.
Jewellery: subtle silver forms incorporating recycled ivory cameo and stones.
Jewellery: all hand made forms in silver and stones with influences of the Ottoman Empire.
Cardboard sculpture: mathematical, sensual forms.
h. Art Exhibit September 06 2012
A Collection of sculptural artists and makers including Sara Bamford, Rachel Ricketts, Tania Mosse and Gill Tennant-Eyles showing works in ceramic, steel, bronze, wood and jesmonite
8-16th September Mon-Sat: 10.00 – 17.00 Sun: 11.00 – 17.00
Pictured: Sea Shards, Gill Tenant-Eyles
John Craxton: A Life of Gifts July 31 2012
Reclining Figure With Asphodels I 1983-4 Tempera on canvas. Courtesy of John Craxton Estate.
Exhibition open daily, 23-28 August 10.00am – 4.00pm
Chartwell Carpet January 25 2012
We recently made a carpet for Chartwell House, which you can see being admired by Charles and Camilla on their visit in May. Chartwell was the main residence of Winston and Clementine Churchill until Winston’s death in 1965, when it was presented to the National Trust by Clementine. Located in Westerham, Kent, it is well worth a visit not only to see where Winston worked and lived and many of his paintings, but also for the beautiful gardens.
Voysey Carpet January 18 2012
For those of you who did not get a chance to see the beautiful re-weave of the River Mat, we thought you might enjoy this photograph of the finished product! Towards the end of 2010 David was asked by John Voysey, the grandson of C.F.A. Voysey, [one of the most prominent and influential architects and designer of carpets, textiles, wallpaper etc in the late 19th / early 20th century Arts and Craft style], to weave a carpet in the design of `The River Mat’. John remembered the rug from his childhood and that it had been sold by his family and finally ended up in America.
The River Mat was first exhibited in The Arts and Crafts exhibition society in 1903 described as a hearth rug. A quaint panoramic design probably more suited to hang on the wall; it was described by E.W. Gregory writing in the Art Workers quarterly as a harmonious piece of colouring but simply a tour de force in point of design. Another critic writing in The Studio described a “hearth rug treated boldly in a pictorial manner, but without scale or perspective so as to form a kind of Chinese landscape, centring on a river with ships and full of objects to delight young people playing before the fire. John thinks that his grandfather may have drawn the point paper pattern of this size to be sold and used by home weavers on simple upright looms using ready available coloured wools from retail wool suppliers.
John had already done some research and had discovered that the original point papers were in the Royal institute of British Architects archive that is housed at the Victoria and Albert Museum and had sometime before been photographed for publication. They agreed to let us have copies of these and very kindly scanned the photographs in high resolution. For the first time in 25 years of weaving David used someone else’s point paper drawing. He found the point papers truly wonderful; showing a complete lack of regard for scale of perspective and a very significant understanding of naivety that is magical. They were drawn by an artist who fully understood the English country vernacular and, one imagines, was having some fun.
Colouring for the rug nearly turned into a nightmare of trying too hard, but in the end David went to his dye studio in Bulgaria and over a 4 day period working with long time business partner Nino Parpolov, made the colouring from our library of dyed colours. One of our most experienced weavers took nearly 3 months to weave the carpet at about 90,000 knots per square meter, as per the original.
We are waiting to hear from the V & A regarding an offer John has made to exhibit the new rug and Voysey’s original point paper. We wonder if Voysey’s work has ever had a good outing at exhibition? Like many of his time he is over-shadowed by William Morris.
Cecily Sash August 19 2011
Exhibition of works by internationally renowned artist Cecily Sash.
Have you ever wondered... March 23 2011
How our carpets are made?
For the next three weeks we are showing a selection of our work, taking you through the process of carpet designing and making. The exhibit will feature a carpet we had the privilege of making for the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland at Alinwick Castle and photographs of the weaving on our looms in Bulgaria.
Exhibition of Suzani Textiles March 22 2011
From Tuesday 19 April until Saturday 30 April
We will be showing a fabulous collection of hand embroidered suzanis which David discovered in Istanbul alongside a lovely display of BareBlooms locally grown, fresh flowers available to purchase during the exhibition. (www.bareblooms.co.uk)
Suzani is a type of embroidered and decorative tribal textile mostly made in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Suzani is from the Persian word Suzan which means needle. Popular design motifs include sun and moon disks, flowers (especially tulips, carnations, and irises), leaves and vines, fruits (especially pomegranates). The oldest surviving suzanis are from the late 18th and early 19th centuries, but it seems likely that they were in use long before that. Suzanis were traditionally made by Central Asian brides as part of their dowry, and were presented to the groom on the wedding day.
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