….well, at least my bank's computer said no this week, requiring a trip to central London, a 45 minute phone call with an adviser who wasn't even in the branch, and then a witnessed signature. Who thought saving money could be so complex? Any way, using my train ticket to full advantage, I went to Bexleyheath, in Kent, to visit a quilt exhibition at Danson House, and then a short walk to William Morris' home, Red House. I am so glad I went as both of these venues are well worth the effort.
First, " Things We Do in Bed" a quilt exhibition curated by the author, Tracey Chevalier. This is a really beautiful house and the exhibition. although small had several pieces from some of my favourite quilt artists
Becky Knight, this photo doesn't do this piece justice at all, as the inclusions in each pocket are pebbles
with a lovely tea shop, looking out on to the ornamental lake, this exhibition is well worth a visit. Besides the quilts, the house has a wonderful oval staircase, gorgeous hand blocked wallpaper, and terrific carpets, replicas woven in Hungary and in the UK.
The exhibition is on until 31 October.
A short walk away, is William Morris architectural adventure, Red House. I found it thrilling to walk around the lovely garden and know that Morris and his family had lived there.
An added bonus is a joint project between the National Trust and the Slade School of Fine Art. Artists are visiting in short residencies, working in an intriguing, tar-papered, wooden temporary structure n the gardens, built by Kieren Reed.
A fantastic day.