Archives for the month of: February, 2014


Howarth, Saturday, 8 February 2014.
Last Saturday we walked from Haworth up on to the moor and Top Withens, on the Pennine Way, a little below Withins Height.

Top Withens

This farmhouse has been associated with “Wuthering Heights”, the Earnshaw home in Emily Brontë’s novel. The buildings, even when complete, bore no resemblance to the house she described, but the situation may have been in her mind when she wrote of the moorland setting of the Heights.

Bronte Society, 1964
This plaque has been placed here in response to many inquiries

See Simon Warner’s 2012 project ‘Ways to the stone house‘, commissoned by The Watershed Landscape Project and the Brontë Parsonage Museum, for more information about the site and its landscape. The exhibition included iconic images of Top Withens by Bill Brandt, Fay Godwin and a drawing by Slyvia Plath, who also wrote the poem Wuthering Heights (1961).

IBavaria, Schumann, Arzberg, Germany
IIBohemia, Made in Czechoslavakia
IIIBone China, England
IIIICovent Garden, Wedgwood, of Etruria & Barlaston, Made in England
IIIIICrown Ming, Fine China, Made in China, Jian Shiang
IIIIIIDuchess. Bone China. England
IIIIIIIEvesham, Royal Worcester, Fine Porcelain, Made in England
IIIIIIIIFairfield, Royal Doulton, Made in England
IIIIIIIIIFancy Free, Royal Standard, Fine Bone China, England
IIIIIIIIIIGainsborough, Bone China, Made in England
IIIIIIIIIIILongton. Stoke on Trent
IIIIIIIIIIIIPoole, England (x3)
IIIIIIIIIIIIIRainbow, Royal Albert, Bone China, England (x3)
IIIIIIIIIIIIIIRondeley, Fine English Bone China, Made in England (x6)
IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRoyal Kent, Bone China, Made In Staffordshire, England
IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIISpindrift, Doulton & Co. Limited, Made in England
IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIStudio, J & G Meakin, England

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The Most Beautiful Things Cannot Be Seen

Place Setting is a new work for the group exhibition ‘The Most Beautiful Things Cannot Be Seen’ at South Square Centre, Thornton. The show opens tomorrow (Saturday 8 February) and closes on Sunday 2 March 2014.

Place Setting is made up of 22 china tea and coffee cups turned upside down, to create a fairy ring of china ‘mushrooms’ on the gallery floor.

The cheap, mass-produced, mostly transfer printed, china challenges William Morris’s romance of craft and production and his command ‘‘to have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful’.

Place Setting exploits the transformative power of the ‘ready-made’ or found object. The act of making a cup resemble a mushroom responds to the natural world and the flora and fauna that the Arts and Crafts Movement referenced in their work. In arranging the cups in the form of a fairy ring, I also want to make a connection between the idealism of Morris and the location of Thornton. It is a place setting rich in folklore and myth making from Brontë shrines, Cottingley with its dubious photographic fairies, to nearby Keighley, once the centre of British theosophy and spiritualism.

Place Setting
22 China cups, 22 Tesco Toilet Tissue cardboard cores, some IKEA cardboard packaging

The Most Beautiful Things Cannot Be Seen
Taking the work of William Morris as a starting point, this group exhibition explores the relationship between beauty, nature and imagination.

Curated by Samina Hamid.

South Square Centre
South Square
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Derby yesterday, early morning, wiley, windy.

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Walking from Thornton to Bradford.

My proposal to South Square Centre’s ‘The Most Beautiful Things Cannot Be Seen’ exhibition has been accepted and so a week last Friday I visited the gallery in Thornton. I decided not to wait for the bus to get back to the train station in Bradford and instead walked down the B6145 from Thornton to Bradford, passing the Brontë birthplace on the way . A marker plaque records that ‘In This House Were Born The Following Members of the Brontë Family, Charlotte 1816, Patrick Branwell 1817, Emily Jane 1818, Anne 1820’. Haworth and the Brontë parsonage (where the family lived from 1820) is about 6 miles north-west of Thornton.

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Happy accidents in translation