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Out of the Shadows:Casting new light on Julia Margaret Cameron

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The development of photography, writers and poets, the Freshwater Bay landscape, a woman exploring new ideas, links to India and Sri Lanka – the QuayCrafts group of artists are spoilt for choice when researching and responding to our latest project.

Julia Margaret Cameron was a pioneering Victorian photographer who lived and worked on the Isle of Wight. She and her family made Dimbola Lodge in Freshwater Bay her home before returning to Sri Lanka later in her life. Not only did she create unique portraits of family and friends and inspire the concept of art as object, but also responded to the work of her friend and neighbour, the Poet Laureate Alfred Lord Tennyson.

Julia’s home became a focal point for a crowd of bohemian artists, writers and poets, known as the Freshwater Circle. Famous Victorians who lived nearby or made visits to Dimbola or Farringford, Tennyson’s home, included the painter G F Watts, the Pre-Raphaelite artist William Holman Hunt, the actress Ellen Terry and Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland.

Gallipoli and the Isle of Wight Rifles regiment

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QuayCrafts members are currently working in collaboration with the Isle of Wight Heritage Service in response to the memorabilia from WW1 and in particular the soldiers of the Isle of Wight Rifles at the battle at Gallipoli which is on display at Carisbrooke Museum.

Beyond the Red Rope Exhibition at Osborne House

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A huge thank you to all the staff at Osborne House for making our exhibition such a great success. And thank you to all the lovely visitors who appreciated the way that contemporary craft can successfully work alongside such beautiful historic artefacts. All the QuayCrafts artists have developed a deep love of the stories, the buildings and the contents of Osborne House.

The Work in Progress Exhibition at Osborne House

Sally Woodford's work in progress

Ceramics sculptor Sally Woodford is working on a nine piece ‘knotted’ clay sculpture representing Victoria’s children, the size of each piece relating to their longevity. Throughout history, in every culture, knots have been used symbolically, but more simply a knot is often used to remember.

Lindsay Taylor’s Work in Progress for Beyond the Red Rope

Lindsay Taylor's work in progress

Textiles artist Lindsay Taylor takes her inspiration from the abundant beauty and untamed, intricate shapes of the natural world. She works predominantly in three dimensions, manipulating her freehand machine embroidery into organic forms. Her final pieces for the ‘Beyond the Red Rope’ exhibition will be an Orchid Chandelier and a Bed Screen created using textiles and stitch. Both will be installed in rooms at Osborne House in September.

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