This exciting series of six sessions will explore the interplay between fashions in garden design and planting, textiles, fashion, and culture more broadly. Focusing on the English experience but including the influence of trade and contacts more widely, we will use both images and texts to explore this cultural interplay between inside and out, chronologically in monthly on-line sessions, commencing with the medieval and Early Tudor and running through Elizabethan, Early Georgian, Regency, Victorian and Edwardian.
Session 3 Friday 22nd March 2024
As the eighteenth-century dawned, gardens and art shifted focus in scale and pattern. Classical motifs match architectural detail and landscape design, whilst rococo decoration invades from grottos to mantuas. William Kent and William Chambers design both furnishings and landscape, which are then envisioned on clothing and paintings – but where are the flowers?
Third part in a monthly series examining the interplay of textiles, fashion, culture, and garden design.
Please note this is an online course. No specialist software is required to participate, but a device with a microphone and webcam will be needed. Full joining instructions will be emailed a few days before the date of the course.
This is a live course and will not be made available as a recording.
Twigs Way is a garden historian, writer and researcher. She is fascinated by the past and intrigued by the role of flowers, gardens and landscape in art and culture of all kinds. Her talks and books reflect that endless curiosity, with themes of symbolism and meaning, class and gender, art and literature, and her desire to follow unknown paths towards the unexpected. From gnomes in Neasden to hollyhocks from the Holy Land, every plant has a tale to tell, every garden a past. Twigs is an accredited Arts Society lecturer and her history of the Chrysanthemum in art and culture was published by Reaktion in 2020. She is currently working on the equally golden daffodil.
The sessions in this series are sold separately and the links are below:
Bookings for this course will close 14 March
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