This autumn I will be working on some pieces to exhibit at Forty Hall, a grade 1 listed Jacobean house in Enfield, I have been asked to make some work inspired by the gardens there. The house was built by Nicholas Rainton in 1632, a mercer who made his money importing fabrics from Italy and who in the same year was elected Lord Mayor of London. Enfield Council, who are the custodians of Forty Hall, have a heritage lottery grant to restore some of the 18th century landscaping and are planning an exhibition to celebrate the garden which comprises of the more formal gardens surrounding the house, as well as extensive parkland.
I am planning to walk round the estate once a week to take photographs and to gather information which I will use to produce woven pieces which relate to the topography and the history of the parklands and gardens. I will keep a record of my walks and my work in the studio in this blog.