a snatched last kiss

Am getting my work ready for this…


A Snatched Last KissIMG_4914 (1)

25th April – 1st May

Showcase Gallery
Craft Central
33-35 St John’s Square

Opening times: Monday 25th April Private View 6pm – 9pm
Tuesday – Friday 10.13 – 6pm
Saturday and Sunday 11am – 5pm

I am showing a collection of woven pieces made in response to the letters of my Great Great grandfather Frederick Desnaux, a merchant trader, written to his wife Helen in 1869 as he sailed from Liverpool to West Africa. While travelling he wrote fond and hopeful letters made all the more poignant by the fact that this was to be his final journey, he never returned home as he died in Freetown, Sierra Leone of dysentery.

This exhibition brings their story back to Clerkenwell, where it first began. Helen was born and brought up there, she was christened (as was their daughter Georgina) at St James Church in Clerkenwell Green and she and Freddie were then married there.

Weaving in old maps and fragments of clothing and lace owned by Helen and Georgina and taking inspiration from the strip woven textiles of West Africa telling a story of a journey, of love, loss and the threads that connect across time.

This project has been funded with a bursary from Jameson whiskey.

1 Comment

  1. Wish I could be at your exhibition! And talk about memory and hand weaving. Hope it goes very well Ali. Best, Mary of Woven Memories

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