Model Audition for ‘Textile in Motion’


Sunday 14 April, 10am – 4pm

The model casting call has now closed for our Fashion Show but we have scheduled an audition for any additional new faces on Sunday 14 April.

We are looking for boys and girls of all ages and ethnicities, to join us as runway models for our Textile in Motion: Fashion Catwalk Show on Friday 26 April, 7-9pm, walking for designers Sadie Williams, Joshua Millard and Henrik Vibskov.

If you are interested in being part of a unique event please come to the audition on Sunday 14 April 10am – 4pm at The Space, Caro, Grove Alley, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0ET.

You will need to be available on Thursday 25 April for fittings at Messums Wiltshire, Tisbury and Friday 26 April for rehearsals and the live shows.

Please email hannah.hooks@messumswiltshire to register your interest and confirm your place at the audition.

Please note:
Minimum height of 5’8 for girls and 5’10 for boys
Minimum age 16
If you are unable to attend but want to apply, please send full length images along with your measurements to hannah.hooks@messumswiltshire

TALK & SUPPER: with Painting Specialist & Art Historian Richard Ormond CBE


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Friday 17 May, 6:30pm  Bookings

On the eve of the Wylye Valley Art Trail opening, we are delighted to be joined by Richard Ormond CBE, who was the 19th century curator and latterly the deputy director of the National Portrait Gallery from 1975 until 1983, he is currently the Chairman of the Trustees of the Watts Gallery. Richard is also a Victorian painting specialist with a particular interest in John Singer Sargent and Lord Leighton.

Richard is the grandson of Violet Sargent Ormond, sister of John Singer Sargent and has written several books on him and other famous painters. His grandmother was the subject of many artworks by Sargent.

With 900 oil paintings, over 2000 watercolours and countless sketches, Richard began the unenviable task of cataloguing the collection of Sargent’s works. The project spanned thirty-six years and encompassed many adventures including trekking in the Rockies to find the exact place where Sargent painted, exploring Venetian canals and crossing the Palestine desert.

There is the opportunity to join Richard for supper afterwards in our Mess Restaurant.

Models Casting Call for our TEXTILE IN MOTION: Fashion Catwalk Show


Do you have a passion for fashion? Would you like to walk for one of our designers?

We are looking for talented people, of all genders, ages and ethnicity, to join us as runway models for our Textile in Motion: Fashion Catwalk Show on Friday 26 April. If you are interested in being part of a unique event here at the gallery contact us with your details and a full-length recent photograph at info@messumswiltshire.com and we will pass on to fashion designers Henrik Vibskov and Joshua Millard.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 31 March. Successful applicants will be contacted shortly afterwards.

The final act of our eight week long exhibition dedicated to artists working in tapestry and textile Material: Textile will close with a celebration of fashion as art, with the AW19 couture collections by British womenswear designer Joshua Millard and Danish mens and womenswear designer Henrik Vibskov.

Henrik Vibskov is a graduate of Central St Martins back in 2001, Henrik returned to Denmark where he opened a fashion label under his own name. His work has been shown in publications such as The Face, Brutus, Dazed & Confused, i-D and Wallpaper and he regularly shows at Paris Fashion Week.

Joshua Millard established his London-based womenswear brand in 2016. After graduating from London College of Fashion in Bespoke Tailoring, he gained experience at Jonathan Saunders and on Savile Row. He designs a transitional wardrobe of longevity, born from his clients desire to seek tailoring and outerwear that suggest something new, lasting beyond fast trends.

TALK: ‘Common Threads – Craft, Couture & Fine Art’ with Joshua Millard, Kathryn Sargent & Jacky Puzey


Sunday 28 April, 1 – 2pm  Bookings

Our third and final talk of the ‘Common Threads’ weekend addresses textile and fashion as art with designer Joshua Millard, tailor Kathryn Sargent and embroiderer Jackie Puzey. Certainly clothing design has been recognised most notably by the V&A, London and the Metropolitan, New York who hold extensive collections and regular exhibitions. But what about those behind the scenes? The fabrics themselves are an integral part of the design and rely on teams of artists to create them.

Joshua Millard
Joshua Millard established his London-based womenswear brand in 2016. After graduating from London College of Fashion in Bespoke Tailoring, he gained experience at Jonathan Saunders and on Savile Row. He designs a transitional wardrobe of longevity, born from his clients desire to seek tailoring and outerwear that suggest something new, lasting beyond fast trends. “There is a complex idea of what masculinity and femininity are, similarly with country and citywear, I see no need to distinguish between either, I think we’re not defined by our location anymore”. The brand endeavours to source all shearling from Josh’s family farm in Dorset. In addition, £5 from every product is donated to Plantlife, a partnership which promotes endangered species of wildflower growth in arable habitats.

Kathryn Sargent
Discovered as a rising star during her fifteen-year career at Gieves & Hawkes of No.1 Savile Row, Kathryn rose to the position of head cutter, the first woman to do so in the entire history of Savile Row. In 2012 Kathryn founded the company that carries her name creating bespoke quintessentially English garments steeped in the time-honoured values of legendary Savile Row tailoring. Today she travels the world creating expertly-crafted bespoke pieces to order.

Jacky Puzey
Jacky Puzey is an award-winning British designer and artist specialising in exquisitely embroidered interior screens and fabrics. Inspired by international textile cultures and urban imagery Jacky’s work begins with detailed drawings and meticulous research which she develops into some of the UK’s finest embroidered bespoke products.

Photo: Roni Ahn, courtesy of Joshua Millard

An Evening with Ceramicist Patricia Low


Friday 1 March 2019

Patricia Low creates timeless, archaic pots that, in their clean white simplicity and large bold illustrations, are also very contemporary.
Educated as a painter, first at Swindon art school and then at Chelsea school of art, her love of making pots emerged when she came to live in Wiltshire in the 1980’s and met the distinguished ceramicist, Joanna Still, who taught her to make pots.
Building each pot by hand with white building clay rather than on a wheel, her vessels have a clean creamy finish and are embellished by turtles, rhinoceroses, eagles, moths – a whole range of animals.
In a talk she gave at Messums Wiltshire she explained how each pot takes her between two months and five months to complete, depending on their size. She starts with white builder’s clay rather than red clay as she says she likes “a cleaner finish’ and cradling them in her lap, begins by painting the inside of the pot first – a mesmerising miasma of squiggles and lines that, almost like the ceiling of a Byzantine church invites you into thinking about the Infinite.
‘The insides are the best bit – it all feels rather Zen when I paint it’ she says. ‘I map the design all out on a piece of paper first and try and copy it using a very fine sable brush until I get into a rhythm. Drawing is very cerebral.’
She added; ‘There is not enough room to do complicated animal drawings; when I first started I had to get used to painting to accommodate the swell on the pot.’
Her first sales success came when the textile designer Georgina von Etzdorf and her co-founder, Martin Simcock, asked to use her vessels as containers for their luxurious range of velvet ties and scarves at a trade fair in London.
The show resulted in dozens of orders for Low whose career has since gone from strength to strength and whose pots have got bigger and won ever more acclaim.
‘We had so much fun, with parties and madness and art’ she said.
As Johnny Messum concluded; ‘Patricia has created pots that are fundamentally different. Behind an incredible character is a steely determination bringing ceramics into the mainstream.’
An exhibition of Patricia Low’s pots is at Salisbury Museum in October 2020.

TALK: Can Creativity, Productivity & Sustainability Overlap in Textiles? with Galahad Clark, Martina Spetlova, Kieren Jones and Edwina Ehrman


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Saturday 27 April, 5-6pm  Bookings

As part of our Material Textile ‘Common Threads’ weekend, join us on Saturday for a fascinating talk on one of the most pressing and topical concerns of our time, sustainabiity.

We pose the question to our panel, can creativity, productivity & sustainability overlap in textiles? I think we can safely say they can, panelist Galahad Clark, a descendant of the Clarks family, comes from seven generations of shoemakers. For the past decade, he’s been building his own brand, Vivobarefoot, shoes made from plant-based and upcycled materials, including a croc-like shoe made from algae biomass. Designer Martina Spetlova’s own name fashion brand are committed to sustainability and ethical sourcing throughout their supply chain, partnering with sustainable and organic suppliers. Kieren Jones is the course leader of the MA Material Futures Course at Central Saint Martins, London. During his time there Kieren has pioneered the discipline of Material Futures and has created one of the first wholly multi and trans-disciplinary design courses in the UK and joins us following his plastic recycling workshop here in the afternoon.

The talk will be chaired by Edwina Ehrman who is the senior exhibition curator at the V&A. With a specialism in nineteenth century fashion and textiles and the history of London fashion she knows more than virtually anyone about textiles. She has worked for two of Britain’s leading collections of fashion and textiles, the V&A and the Museum of London.

CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP: ‘Make Do & Mend’ with Georgina Faulkner-Bryant


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Saturday 27 April, 10-11am or 11-12pm  Bookings

A chance for children to learn a skill for life taught in a fun and engaging way by textile designer Georgina Faulkner-Bryant.

Fashion shouldn’t cost the earth but the clothing industry is one of the environments biggest polluters. Clothes are frequently sent to landfill because of a missing button or damage that is repairable. Georgie will show children how to repair their clothes using an embroidery hoop and sewing handmade patches onto the holes, rips or tears in their favourite things as well as how to sew on a button. Each child will learn a skills for life aswell as how to embellish and individualise their own garments.

Georgina_Faulkner_Bryant_There will be the chance to use one of a fleet of eight vintage hand crank sewing machines dating from 1877 to 1945. These machines are not only beautiful and a perfect example of how things used to be built to last, they do not require electricity to operate them which means anything sewn with them has a zero carbon manufacturing footprint. If you believe in sustainable fashion then this workshop is an opportunity not to be missed.

Georgie teaches a variety of workshops for adults and children from her textile studio in Shaftesbury focusing on sustainable fashion. She has run a sustainable event decoration business for 12 years renting 1000s of metres of bunting to festivals made from vintage and recycled fabrics and trims. Georgie regularly designs decorations for TV sets such as Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas and other programmes.

Please bring an item of clothing for repair. Minimum age 6+ years.

DEMO: ‘Anatomy of an Embroidery’ with Jacky Puzey


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Sunday 27 April, 2 – 4pm  Bookings

As part of our Material Textile ‘Common Threads’ weekend we are delighted to welcome the embroiderer Jacky Puzey along for an in-depth look at her work and practice. For her, embroidery is as much about telling stories as about creating beautiful and unusual textures.

This hands-on demonstration will focus around the ‘anatomy’ of an embroidery: looking at samples, exploring both the concept and process. Jacky will introduce us to her prize-winning embroidery piece for Hand and Lock Prize 2015, The Nigerian Riot Girl, from concept to drawing and finally execution, discussing embroidery for couture garments as well as the conceptual design and references of this extraordinary piece. From imagery and music research to pattern cutting and structuring of the idea into a wearable art piece, Jacky will take us through the whole process, including an exploration and demonstration of the professional embroidery software she uses to create her large pieces.

Jacky Puzey specialises in digital embroidery commissions for interiors and fashion. Combining traditional embroidery skills with digital technology to create her distinctive imagery and style.

Jacky has been the Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery winner 2015, part of the Crafts Council Hothouse 2016 and New Designers One Year On 2016.

Limited to 8 places only.

WORKSHOP: Plastics Workshop with Central St Martins


Saturday 27 April, 2-5pm  Bookings

As part of our Material Textile ‘Common Threads’ weekend we are joined by Design Researchers from the MA Material Futures course at Central Saint Martins, London who will be running a workshop recycling plastic waste. Using a shredder, extruder and 3D printing technologies participants will repurpose recycled plastic in order to design a range of wearable objects. This is a completely unique opportunity to use the latest technology and discover one possible solution to the contemporary issue of how to dispose of single use plastics.

Less than a fifth of all plastic is recycled globally. This workshop will show how on the spot recycling is possible and how we can transform plastic waste streams into usable products. The aim of the workshop is to turn waste into a resource and, in doing so, demonstrate how we can start closing loops, moving away from linear thinking and embracing the circular economy.

MA Material Futures at Central Saint Martins is a two-year Masters course dedicated to exploring how we will live in the future through trans-disciplinary practice and expert collaboration. Through collaboration, risk-taking and blurring the boundaries between craft, science and technology we aim to look beyond existing disciplines to anticipate our future needs, desires and challenges for the 21st century.

Jack Newbury, Maël Henaff and Rachel Foley are Design Researchers from the MA Material Futures course at Central Saint Martins, London.

WORKSHOP: Fashion Illustration with Jason Brooks


Sunday 28 April, 10-12pm  Bookings

Fashion illustration has been around for nearly 500 years, ever since clothes have been in existence and there has been a need to translate a design idea in to form. Not only do fashion illustrations show a representation of a garment but they also serve as art in their own right.

On Sunday 28 April as part of our Material Textile ‘Common Threads’ weekend, award-winning fashion illustrator Jason Brooks will join us to host a course in fashion illustration and impart some of his considerable knowledge and experience in the genre. Jason has hosted drawing classes at the Society of illustrators, New York and Somerset House in London. He has also hosted live drawing events with Chanel and drawn live at numerous fashion shows in London, New York and Paris Couture.

Jason studied graphic design and illustration at St Martins College in London where he began working regularly for British Vogue after winning the Vogue Sotheby’s Cecil Beaton Award for Fashion Illustration. After graduating with a Masters Degree in illustration from the Royal Collage of Art Jason continued working with magazines including The Face, Vogue, Elle and World of Interiors. He now specialises in collaborations with aspirational and luxury brands including Chanel, L’Oreal Professional and Vogue. Over 72 pieces of Jason Brooks artwork are held in the permanent collection of London’s V&A Museum.

All materials will be provided, no illustration experience necessary.

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