November talk at the Tandridge Handicraft Society

By Jenny Beal, chair

On 20 November, the Tandridge Handicraft Society will be hosting a talk with examples: The House of Embroidered Paper by Stephanie Smart. 

Stephanie is a fine artist who works with paper textiles, making life-sized garments entirely from paper and thread. They are created using free-machine embroidery, hand-stitching, drawing and applied decoration. Every piece is accompanied by detailed research and is inspired by historical fashion and social and national history from different eras, as well as the stories and memories of individuals. 

Her most recent collection The Regency Wardrobe was shown at Firle Place in the autumn of 2021, at the Royal Pavilion, Brighton, in the summer of 2022 and at Chertsey and Worthing Museums, where it was seen by approximately 140,000 people. 

Stephanie’s ambition for every piece of work is that it be aesthetically beautiful, technically ambitious and intellectually interesting. In this talk Stephanie will describe the background to her work with paper textiles and her establishment of The House of Embroidered Paper, which she describes as part fashion house, part fine art studio. She will focus on images of pieces from The Regency Wardrobe and describe their inspiration. She will also explain her background and touch on her current projects.

Doors open at 13:30, and the talk starts at 14:00. £5 entry, including tea and biscuits: visitors are welcome. The society meets every Monday at the Woodhouse Centre, Hoskins Road car park, opposite Tandridge Leisure Centre, Oxted RH8 9HT (postcode for SatNav RH8 9JQ). Further details can be found on our website or via Jenny Beal on 01883 620730.

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