Cracked pub ceramics inspire Maria Harryman's Fragments at Trowbridge Museum

By Ben Miller | 15 August 2012
A photo of part of a quiltwork patch design showing an orange circle on white fabric
© Maria Harryman
Exhibition: Fragments, Trowbridge Museum, Trowbridge, until September 29 2012

When artist Maria Harryman got to poke behind the scenes at the Trowbridge Museum, she discovered cases of cracked textiles.

A photo of a length of mottled black ink on a piece of faded white fabric quilt
The quilt is partly a response to the architecture of the Trowbridge and Steeple Ashton area© Maria Harryman
“I spent the day at the museum and felt drawn to the broken ceramics,” says the member of the town’s Cloth Road studio.

“I loved the shapes of fragments and the snippets of pattern and colour on each piece.”

They came from an old pub, the Rose and Crown, in nearby Steeple Ashton. Harryman has responded with a patchwork quilt which takes inspiration from the colours and architecture of the area in a new body of textile work.

Her solo exhibition is one of the highlights of the second year of a partnership between Cloth Road and the museum, and is accompanied by a programme of free family craft activities.

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