A Victorian Corset Part 1

25 Aug

Today I started something new. After months of making artwork for my exhibition at Oriel Ceri Richards, I launched into my next piece for a group exhibition at the end of September, “A Victorian Tapestri” based on Victorian Swansea. I’m doing something with cyanotype and a Victorian corset. Cyanotype is an early Victorian method of photography, one of the earliest, invented by the astronomer Sir John Herschel. I am using an historic pattern of a Victorian corset by Butterick and I have cut the pieces out of a heavyweight Somerset printmaking paper, a beautiful soft white, acid-free, cotton, deckle edge paper (250gsm) from St. Cuthbert’s Mill in Wells, Somerset. They’ve been making fine papers there for about 300 years. I like the idea of working with very old patterns, materials and techniques. Now, what am I going to do with it?

8 Responses to “A Victorian Corset Part 1”

  1. Sharon Mann August 26, 2015 at 13:56 #

    I can’t wait to see what you come up with. The whole process is going to be fascinating.

  2. Russell. August 26, 2015 at 03:08 #

    Sounds interesting…will stay tuned, Russell.

    • Rosie Scribblah August 26, 2015 at 07:37 #

      Very different to my usual M.O. but it will incorporate my drawings

  3. susieliddle August 25, 2015 at 23:00 #

    My cyanotype installation Her Ladyship Remembers is cyanotype on fabric which I sewed into a Victorian type dress mounted on a chair. The chair morphs into and becomes Her Ladyship…I used text, photograms and old photographs to tell the partly imaginary and partly true life story of Lady Margaret Williams of Bodelwyddan… I think the fact that the era of what one is making is reflected in the method one is using is particularly significant… I shall really look forward to seeing your work when it is finished Rosie…

    • Rosie Scribblah August 25, 2015 at 23:07 #

      Wow, that sounds fantastic, Susie. Do you have a link to it? I’d love to see it 😀


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