EXHIBITION PRESS RELEASE – LONDON
I Want to Make Memories With You
Zero Lubin showcases the tradition of the commemorative handkerchief
Town House, 5 Fournier Street, Spitalfields, London E1 6QE
Thursday 19th to Sunday 29th September
Monday – Friday 11.00am-6.00pm
Saturdays & Sundays 11.00am-5.00pm
Truly fabulous within context and location, ‘I want to make memories with you’ features embroidered and framed souvenir handkerchiefs that have been sourced by artists Louise Burston and Gerry King, collectively known as Zero Lubin.
Zero Lubin are renowned for their playful and irreverent card series and acclaimed book Lubin Tales. The souvenir and commemorative handkerchief has proved to be an excellent medium for the concise yet esoteric observations of Zero Lubin. Each handkerchief is embroidered with a poignant message, inspired by memories of place, cultural events, significant historical characters and popular cinematic references.
Expect to see a delicately coloured Blackpool silk handkerchief embroidered with sand-gold text “Dress Like a Girl, Punch Like a Hammer”; in honour of the statuesque transvestite dancers of the Funny Girls Cabaret Club. Emblazoned on a London silk hankie in blood red capital letters are the words “Address my Remarks to You” uttered by the menacing Chas in the cult film Performance; a reference to the protection palavas of East End gangsters.
These beautifully detailed and colourful silk handkerchiefs were primarily designed and screen printed in Macclesfield, Cheshire, a one-time world leader in the silk industry. Macclesfield Silk Museum (the host of the exhibition in 2011) have also kindly lent handkerchiefs and a pattern book from their collection, which will also feature in the exhibition. Historically there is a strong connection between Spitalfields, London and the Cheshire town of Macclesfield through the silk and weaving industry. It is for this reason that ‘I Want to Make Memories With You’ has travelled to the Town House, situated in the heart of the East End of London. Once home to generations of weavers and tailors, the house provides the perfect historical context.
The handkerchiefs are window mounted in bespoke frames, crafted to resemble 1950s utility furniture. All Zero Lubin artwork is for sale.
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