Spirit of Place – Millinery Works Gallery

Exhibition: March 6th to April 27th 2018

Millinery Works Gallery
85 Southgate Rd., Islington, London N1 3JS
Email: art@millineryworks.co.uk

My current exhibition is called ‘Spirit of Place’ and is inspired by the ever changing variety of British landscapes, seascapes and London scenes.

John Allen - Spirit of PlaceWithin each carpet I have tried to put more of my emotion and personal responses to the subject, while at the same time I have occasionally discarded the actual colours as seen and replaced them with colours of the mood provoked in me on the day. Sometimes colours have been changed to evoke a physical emotion I experienced while observing and absorbing ‘The Place’. Sometimes I have taken liberties with the actual physical place, for example in the carpet entitled ‘Scarecrow’, I have introduced one of three scarecrows I remembered photographing in a field in France. It was dressed as a woman and I thought at the time, how strange, why had she no legs, the reason being, because her dress was long and touched the field. I had never seen any scarecrow like this before! While working on some designs I had flashes of long past visual memories, some of which I have introduced. Why are there two croquet hoops in the bluebell wood? It is not till I finish a number of the designs that I realise I have added objects that were not there. The reasons for adding them into a composition, are complex and very personal, but also visually interesting, and in obscure ways demand attention. Are they flash-back visual images of a place I have been? Are they incomplete memories, or are they simply the mind combining imaginary images giving me the feeling of the spirit of the place?

John Allen

Spirit of Place

Each carpet comes in a limited edition of three

Big Ben, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet, 122 x 90 cm

Big Ben
Hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet
122 cm x 90 cm

Peveril of the Peak, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet, 125 x 85 cm

Peveril of the Peak
Hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet
125 cm x 85 cm

Scarecrow, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool and silk carpet.109 x 121 cm

Scarecrow
Hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool and silk carpet
109 cm x 121 cm

West Pier, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet, 134 x 94 cm

West Pier
Hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet
134 cm x 94 cm

Wren Churches in Snow, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet, 137 x 100 cm

Wren Churches in Snow
Hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet
137 cm x 100 cm

Sunset, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet, 102 x 105 cm

Sunset
Hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet
102 cm x 105 cm

Birling Gap, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool and silk carpet, 118 x 86 cm

Birling Gap
Hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool and silk carpet
118 cm x 86 cm

Cerne Abbas, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool and silk carpet, 142 x 82 cm.

Cerne Abbas
Hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool and silk carpet
142 cm x 82 cm

Railway Line, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet, 101 x 98 cm

Railway Line
Hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet
101 cm x 98 cm

Boats, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet, 91 x 85 cm

Boats
Hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet
91 cm x 85 cm

Red Farmhouse, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet, 97 x 108 cm

Red Farmhouse
Hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet
97 cm x 108 cm

Beach Huts, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool and silk carpet, 116 x 108 cm

Beach Huts
Hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool and silk carpet
116 cm x 108 cm

Pleasure Barge, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet, 114 x 87 cm

Pleasure Barge
Hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet
114 cm x 87 cm

Dales, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet, 89 x 80 cm

Dales
Hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet
89 cm x 80 cm

Hampshire Clump, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet, 83 x 83 cm

Hampshire Clump
Hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet
83 cm x 83 cm

Autumn Clump, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet, 106 x 86 cm

Autumn Clump
Hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet
106 cm x 86 cm

White House, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet, 72 x 108 cm

White House
Hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet
72 cm x 108 cm

Red Sails, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet, 120 x 128 cm

Red Sails
Hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet
120 cm x 128 cm

Lavender Field, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet, 123 x 133 cm

Lavender Field
Hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet
123 cm x 133 cm

Red Boat, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet, 113 x 88

Red Boat
Hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet
113 cm x 88 cm

Groynes, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool and silk carpet, 108 x 90 cm

Groynes
Hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool and silk carpet
108 cm x 90 cm

Blue Moon, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet, 92 x 82

Blue Moon
Hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet
92 cm x 82 cm

Pink Sea, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool and silk carpet, 87 x 104 cm

Pink Sea
Hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool and silk carpet
87 cm x 104 cm

Sunflower, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool and silk carpet, 164 x 100 cm

Sunflower
Hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool and silk carpet
164 cm x 100 cm

Lightning, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet, 91 x 125 cm

Lightning
Hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet
91 cm x 125 cm

Stonehenge, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool and silk carpet, 119 x 129 cm

Stonehenge
Hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool and silk carpet
119 cm x 129 cm

Lone Sailor, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool and silk carpet 104 x 123 cm

Lone Sailor
Hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool and silk carpet
104 cm x 123 cm

Bluebell Wood, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet, 159 x 100 cm

Bluebell Wood
Hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven wool carpet
159 cm x 100 cm

The exhibition will continue at:

  • The Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield – 2nd June to 8th August 2018
  • The Embroidery Gallery, Sunbury on Thames – 20th August to 1st October 2018
  • Knitting & Stitching, Alexandra Palace, London – 10th to 14th October 2018
  • Knitting & Stitching, Convention Centre Harrogate – 22nd to 25th November 2018
  • The Goldmark Gallery, Rutland – December 2018