The Embroiderers’ Guild : Landscapes of Capability Brown

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As noted in a previous post, 2016 marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Brown was a designer who changed the national landscape and created a style which has shaped people’s picture of the quintessential English countryside.

cbtreelogoAs the first ever celebration of Brown’s work, the Capability Brown Festival (CB300) brings together a huge range of events. The Embroiderers’ Guild is a Festival Partner and is contributing to the celebrations with a series of unique textile exhibitions at venues across the country through- out 2016.
We are delighted to be one of of these venues.

Using the landscape and gardens as their inspiration, members have interpreted these using fabric and thread to create unique pieces of work.  Up to the end of October you can view the work of a number of a number of branches in our Orangery Tea Room.

As well as exhibiting their work, each branch has kindly offered to carry out some demonstrations to our visitors between 11am – 3pm on the following dates through the year… Continue reading

‘Capability’ Brown and Charlecote Park

2016 is a special anniversary year for two people we are particularly fond of…

William Shakespeare – who died 400 years ago. Quite a local celeb and, as I am sure you are aware, reputed to be a bit of a law breaker in his youth

But the other chap, a fine Georgian fellow, is Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. He was born in Northumberland 300 years ago. Name sound familiar? Here is a little introduction…

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‘Capability’ Brown played a role in landscaping the park here at Charlecote. His influence can still be seen in the parkland when you visit.

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Ghost trees across Warwickshire

The Ghost Tree Project (Photograph by carruthersandcresswell)

The Ghost Tree Project (carruthersandcresswell)

If you have visited our park recently, or indeed wandered anywhere across Warwickshire, you may well have spotted a number of trees with unusual red markers in the branches. These trees are special. They are ghost trees.

Ghost Trees are, quite simply, dead trees. They are incredibly important to our countryside as they provide a home for a rich variety of insect and animal life. They can also be quite beautiful and majestic.

Carruthers and Cresswell are the two artists behind this local project. Together they have secured funding from the Arts Council and Heritage Lottery Fund in order to carry out their work. They are interested in highlighting the natural world and its importance, as well as key issues such as sustainability and ecology. Their interests are very similar to our own in that respect and we are pleased to be able to play a small part in the Ghost Trees project.

Ghost tree at Charlecote Park

Ghost tree at Charlecote Park

I say a small part because the Ghost Tree project aims to tag 100 trees! You can see how they are getting on, and whether any are near you, in this map…

Want to know how the team managed to get the pennants in the trees? Watch this great video clip to find out…

If you are interested in meeting the artists and finding out more, pop along to one of these Warwickshire Open Studios events this week!

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More info on Ghost Tree Project: 20130704154420