A show featuring my grandmother Catherine 'Casty' Cobb's silverwork opened in Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft in May it runs until 13th October 2019.
This beautifully curated exhibition shows textiles, ceramics and silverwork made by talented craftwomen women in the 1920's - 40's, many of them were Casty’s friends.
Amongst Casty’s work is a lovely necklace with glass beads on loan from the crafts study centre in Farnham, a beautiful gold ruff necklace and bracelet lent by the Goldsmiths Company, London.
In the wake of the suffragette movement and post industrial revolution between the wars, women enjoying new freedoms were motivated to keep handmade craftwork traditions alive while experimenting with new bold designs. Many of the women included in the show were friends with my grandmother, either studying with her at the Central School of Art and Crafts or selling along side her through Muriel Rose's Little Gallery.
In honour of Casty I’ve been using pique - her favourite technique to make wooden pendants. This one is available at the Ditchling museum shop.
I'm very grateful to Donna and all the team at the museum for the care they've taken curating this wonderful collection (on til October) and I'm so proud of my grandmother, grateful to her for leading me along this crafty path!
I’ve been collecting a digital archive of Casty’s work and will write another longer post about her soon! . . .