Ruth Borchard self portrait exhibtion, Piano Nobile, Kings Place , London N19AG

Self Portrait, Ruth Borchard , Piano Nobile, Kings Place

Always love going to this exhibition & not just because I am in it. There are 120 self portraits hung from different artists. On untill the 22nd of September.

Included in the New Exhibition At The Silk Museum, Bsous, Lebanon

I was thrilled to receive an email/pic from Alexandra Asseily last week telling me about the new exhibition in her “Silk Museum” Lebanon, “Souvenirs from the silk road’ . 

Included in the exhibition are my ‘Filigree Tree” &“Vixen” stoles, created for Janacek’s opera ‘Cunning little vixen’ during Garsington Opera’s 2014 season which Alexandra bought from me a couple of years ago. A start of a friendship, and admiration on my behalf of the work she has and is doing in the field of reconciliation and forgiveness following conflict. 

I have put a link through to the museum’s web site below, a truly inspiring story of how the Asseily’s bought the derelict silk factory in 1973 planting hundreds of tree’s and restoring the factory & creating what is know a fabulous museum.

Despite the obvious difficulties, the museum was occupied by the Syrain army in 1982, they have continued to put on exhibitions and hold workshops.

Filigree Tree stole by Victoria Rees, exhibited at the Silk Museum, Lebanon in "Souvenirs from the silk road' exhibition.

Filigree Tree stole by Victoria Rees, exhibited at the Silk Museum, Lebanon in "Souvenirs from the silk road' exhibition.

 
 

My ink drawings from 'Marriage of Figaro' used for the figure stripes running through the "Filigree Tree" stole 

The Silk Museum, Lebanon.

"Souvenirs from the silk road' exhibition in the Silk Museum , Lebanon

 
 

"Vixen" stole created for a production of Janacek's Opera "Cunning little Vixen"

 
One of my sketches from Janacek's opera used for the "vixen"stole

One of my sketches from Janacek's opera used for the "vixen"stole

 

The Silk Museum, Bsous, Lebanon

http://thesilkmuseum.com/visit-us/visitors-information/#

George and Alexandra Asseily's Garden of forgiveness , Beirut, Lebanon

http://www.gustafson-porter.com/garden-of-forgiveness/

http://www.victoriarees.co.uk/shopnew/

Eugene Onegin - Reviews From Garsington Opera 2016

 
Cameo Watercolour by Victoria Rees for Garsington Stole from Eugene Onegin

Cameo Watercolour by Victoria Rees for Garsington Stole from Eugene Onegin

 
 

★★★★★
"It rightly receives a stupendous ovation."
David MellorMail on Sunday, 12 June 2016

"...in almost 30 years of attending Garsington, I don't think I have heard a classic opera cast with such care and accomplishment...Natalya Romaniw is a Tatyana in a thousand."
Hugh CanningSunday Times, 12 June 2016

★★★★
"Natalya Romaniw is fast consolidating her reputation as one of the outstanding sopranos of her generation...Roderick Williams is the most cultivated and sophisticated of baritones. Garsington's audiences certainly get visual as well as musical bang for their buck in an altogether exhilharating performance."
Rupert ChristiansenThe Telegraph, 4 June 2016

★★★★
"This young Swansea-born soprano has a mesmerising stillness, a face full of expression and a glowing voice capable of astonishing power."
Hannah NepilFinancial Times, 8 June 2016

★★★
"Natalya Romaniw...she's the Tatyana of my dreams, with a rare combination of power, richness, and purity of tone. And Roderick Williams might have been born to play Onegin."
Michael ChurchThe Independent, 7 June 2016

★★★★
"There is plenty to enjoy. One pleasure is the Garsington Opera Orchestra...And on stage there are some impressive performances."
Richard Morrison, The Times, 6 June 2016

★★★★
"One of the most enjoyable new productions of Onegin in recent years and - in Romaniw's Tatyana especially - a performance that shall touch my heart for a long time."
Mark PullingerBachtrack, 4 June 2016

★★★★
"Every performance by the Garsington Chorus has one marvelling anew at the versatility, adaptability and just sheer excellence of this group..."
Melanie EskenaziMusic OMH, 6 June 2016

 

From Garsington Opera News 2016

 

We are delighted that this is the fourth year you can find beautiful bespoke scarves by fine artist and textile designer Victoria Rees in the Garsington Opera Shop. Visit Wormsley for a performance and you'll discover the unique designs based on the 2016 season. 

Using her opera sketch book drawings done during rehearsals and performances, Victoria works with every attention to detail to create the pieces. This year's collection has the 'Garsington' stole, one of her ink drawings done from an ariel view of the beautiful grounds at Wormsley as a central panel. She has created a border using watercolour scenes of the characters and set designs from this year's three productions, playfully linked by Garsington's iconic tents with a fine hand-rolled pink edging.  

The collection also features the 'Singing by the light of the moon' stole, 'Duet' ribbon scarf and 'Marriage of Figaro' men's scarf in evening blue. 

Victoria says: "One of the bonuses for me as an artist working with musicans has been to find a way to bring my love of textiles into my creative process."

To see all the drawings used to create the designs visit Victoria's website:www.victoriarees.co.uk

Victoria Rees studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford, before getting a bursary to the Royal Academy Schools as a postgraduate. She has exhibited at the BP Portrait Award, National Gallery and last year was part of the Ruth Borchard self-portrait collection at the Piano Nobile Gallery, London. 

 

The 2016 Garsington Opera Collection

 
'Garsington' stole has one of my ink drawings done from an ariel view of the beautiful grounds at Wormsley as a central panel. Then I created a border using watercolour scenes of the characters and set designs from this year's three productions, playfully linked by Garsington's iconic tents with a fine hand-rolled pink edging.  

'Garsington' stole has one of my ink drawings done from an ariel view of the beautiful grounds at Wormsley as a central panel. Then I created a border using watercolour scenes of the characters and set designs from this year's three productions, playfully linked by Garsington's iconic tents with a fine hand-rolled pink edging.  

 
 
Dancing by the light of the moon, Onyx stole

Dancing by the light of the moon, Onyx stole

 
 
The Duet , ribbon scarf

The Duet , ribbon scarf

 
 
Marriage of Figaro, evening blue. Choosing tassel colours

Marriage of Figaro, evening blue. Choosing tassel colours

 

The first Boonrig exhibition in Barcelona

 
 

Artists George Lloyd-Jones and Nettle Grellier are having their first Boonrig traveling studio exhibition in Barcelona, you can see all the details of the gallery below. Painting as they have driven the boonrig down through Spain, they are now parked up somewhere in Barcelona continuing to work from the boon rig till hanging the exhibition on the 3rd ready for opening on the 4th of June. All the work by necessity is small, 2 artists in one studio but knowing both their creative energy the pieces will hold any wall space.

www.georgelloyd-jones.com/

www.nettlegrellier.com/

boonrig.weebly.com/

 

 
 

Tatler's little Black Book Party

Wonderful to see handsome Alexander Coleridge wearing one of my "Fidelio" scarves to this Tatler party.

Wonderful to see handsome Alexander Coleridge wearing one of my "Fidelio" scarves to this Tatler party.

As you can imagine I was thrilled to be shown this photo of one of my scarves being worn at the Tatler, "little black book party" but also because I believe it shows what my scarves can do ie be taken out of your pocket or bag at the end of a days work, the rich jewel colours I hope making you feel better but certainly look fantastic.

From a practical point of view we use the finest heavy silk satin and finish so they don't look crumpled after being packed. One suit or dress, 2 colour way scarves/pocket squares, stole or ribbon scarf = minimal luggage endless possibilities.

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