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John has been working with Jonathan Anderson, Design Director of Loewe, on a range of bags, beach towels and scarves based some carpets from John's 'British Landscapes' exhibition. Read more about this collaboration on the Louis Vuitton Story page

John's exhibition 'British Landscapes' will be showing the Embroidery Gallery, Sunbury-on-Thames in July 2015.

John has been invited back to teach another week's Design Course at Le Vieux Monastere in south west France from 1st to 8th September 2015. The course is aimed at crafts people who want to improve their design skills no matter what their subject. Students will work from material collected on excursions to local places of beauty that have been chosen with design inspiration in mind.

BRITISH LANDSCAPES

My latest exhibition was inspired by British Landscapes. Many of the designs were worked from drawings, painting and photographs taken on site and then worked into designs in my studio in London.

I have, since childhood, been fascinated by landscape. In this exhibition more than any of my others, my design aim was to show my personal emotional response to the countryside. I have allowed myself artistic licence to move a hill if it stops the view of the sea beyond it. I have put a different prehistoric image in place of the one actually there. I hope this will encourage people to look harder and work out what is real and what I have changed in the designs, particularly in the designs where they are familiar with the actual location. Always however, I have remained true to the actual essence of the landscape in my design.

 For details of where the exhibition can be see please look on the 'What's On' page

John Allen's exhibitions have been shown at the following galleries;

  • Sunbury-on-Thames, The Embroidery Gallery

  • Bath, Anthony Hepworth Fine Art

  • Uppingham Leicestershire, Goldmark Fine Art

  • Sedbergh Cumbria, Farfield Mill Gallery

  • Halifax, Bankfield Museum and Art Gallery

  • Llanarthne Camarthenshire, National Botanic Gardens of Wales

  • Beverley East Riding, Library Art Gallery

  • Nuneaton Warwickshire, Art Gallery and Museum

  • Mansfield Nottinghamshire, Mansfield Museum and Art Gallery

  • Nottinghamshire, Harley Gallery

John's first exhibition inspired by aboriginal art was called 'Dreamtime Revisited' and was first shown in 2003. His next exhibition was inspired by Nepalese landscape and culture, was called 'The Forbidden Kingdom' and was first show in 2008. John's latest exhibition, 'British Landscapes' is currently touring.

Wall carpets from 'The Forbidden Kingdom' exhibition are still available for exhibition and to purchase from this website. All carpets are produced as 'one-offs' or in limited editions of 3. Commissions are also undertaken.

Wall carpets from 'British Landscapes' exhibition can be seen at The Embroidery Gallery, Sunbury-on-Thames in July 2015

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