Braintree Museum opens new art exhibition


A NEW exhibit is coming to a museum to celebrate history, as well as some key current themes.

The Braintree Museum is opening a new exhibition, “The Art of Friendship, in collaboration with the Warner Textile Archive from January 22 to July 2.

The exhibition explores the friendship and creativity of textile designer Marianne Straub and artist Denise Hoyle during the 1950s and 1970s, where they first united their works.

Marianne and Denise became close at Great Bardfield due to their common interests as well as their shared European status, with Marianne from Switzerland and Denise from France.

Many of Marianne’s fabrics from the Warner Textile Archive collection at the Warner Textile Archive will appear alongside Denise Hoyle’s private collection of collages, watercolors and ceramics.

Denise’s work will also show famous tales like Pinocchio, Dick Whittington and Puss in Boots.

The exhibition was made possible by support from Denise and Nina Hoyle and the Emma Mason Gallery in Sussex, as well as donations from the Felsted Arts Society and Essex Lacemakers to support the exhibition.

Museum Exhibitions and Collections Curator Claire Willetts said: “This is a wonderful exhibit and story with a great story and key themes.

“The story behind this is great, they say most people would have sat on a piece of fabric from Denise in the ’70s on the London Underground, and all of her woven fabrics made in Braintree.

“The subject of friendship and togetherness touches the house even more with the past two difficult years.”


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