Northampton Museum and Art Gallery channels Constance Howard in Seduction of Stitchery

By Culture24 Reporter | 09 January 2013
A photo of a dark blue and light green stitching showing grey buildings in Northampton

Exhibition Preview: The Seduction of Stitchery, Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, Northampton, until January 27 2013

Constance Howard, the 1948 founder of the Department of Embroidery at Goldsmiths College who is perhaps best remembered for using milk bottle tops, PVC and cat food tins in her pioneering work, has been something of a muse for this triennial show from the Northamptonshire Branch of the Embroider’s Guild.

“We are exhibiting a collection of works by Constance,” explains Guild member Diana Turner, who says the display is “extra special”.

“She changed the face of contemporary embroidery and has been an inspiration for so many of us.”

The styles on show run the gamut from traditional to contemporary, including textiles described as holding “sensuous” virtues.

Howard came from Northampton and studied at the town’s School of Art before switching to Goldsmiths.

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