Dawn Cole

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Embroider the Truth
Textiles and print
Museum of Cambridge, 2/3 Castle Street CB3 0AQ
Tue-Sat 10:30 – 17:00; Sun 12:00 – 16:00
Artist Talk: Saturday 22 October 11.30 at The Team Room
Tea shop open Saturday and Sunday only

Embroider the Truth is an ongoing project exploring the archive of WW1 VAD Nurse Clarice Spratling who was posted to France in 1915 where she served until 1919.

Taking lace as the starting point, in response to Clarice’s hand written lace patterns in her notebook and paper doilies that are known as Cambridge Lace doilies, I will produce a series of embroidered lace doilies to be used in the tea shop at the Museum of Cambridge.

The origins of the word lace are in the words lacere and laqueus – to entrap and ensnare, and lace is used as a metaphor for the sense of entrapment and deception felt by many in a war that was not of their making.

The lace designs are made entirely using text from Clarice’s diary and for the doilies I will use words and phrases that reference tea. The designs are made digitally and then transferred for embroidery.