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Liz Lippiatt - Moments in Time

Tetbury, Gloucester

4 June - 28 July 2019

Textile designer, Liz Lippiatt, has been a member of The Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen since 1982.

We are delighted to be showing a body of her new work at The Guild at 51 from 4 June and you are invited to a special evening viewing of “Moments in Time” on Thursday 6 June from 5 pm - 8 pm.
In advance of this show, we asked Liz to tell us more about her new work.

"'Moments in Time' was a page heading in a small notebook, belonging to my father, discovered after his demise; a personal record of some significant moments in his life.

In preparation to create a new collection of work for The Guild at 51, it seemed relevant to look at important design “moments” in my life.  My first collection in 1982 delighted in bold motifs and joyful colours and was printed in a shed on my father’s farm.  My hope is to recapture something of this early “moment” of great excitement and optimism.

My design inspiration comes from the natural world and earlier this year, I spent two months on a family farm in a fairly remote part of Western Australia.  In my “dream-time moment”, and the heat of a sunburnt ancient land, I found myself focusing on the extraordinary grass trees which populate the hill across the valley.   

Unique to Australia, slow growing at an inch per year, grass trees take 10 years to form a trunk from accumulated leaf bases beneath the rigid grass-like leaves of the crown.  

The grass trees’ snarled outer ‘bark’ resembles a rough diamond pattern or ancient crocodile or snakeskin, protecting the inner core or secondary interior stem, from the occasional bushfires which stimulate its growth.  Above its tousled grass like head, sprout its flowers, huge 3m tall spikes, resembling aboriginal spears.

The imagery has been developed drawing directly and enthusiastically with bold earthy colours from studies of the tree stem with its outer thickened scaly textured trunk, and the monumentally tall spikes or flowers. 

Looking back to my first collection, which was inspired by the decorative ikats of Turkestan, I have found that the grass tree imagery I have developed fits with very similar motifs and is relevant to new work, now nearly 40 years on!"


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