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Misshapes: The Making of Tatty Devine

The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum is delighted to welcome an exciting exhibition celebrating jewellery designers, Tatty Devine’s 20-year anniversary.

When:  7 September – 3 November 2019 (Closed Mondays)
Where: Galleries Two and Three, The Wilson, Clarence Street, Cheltenham, GL50 3JT.
Admission: £5, concessions £3 (Gift Aid option available.)

Private View and Press Night: Thursday 5 September 2019 6pm onwards (free entry)

Click here to download the full press release.

The new Crafts Council exhibition, Misshapes: The Making of Tatty Devine, will showcase the iconic, glamorous and humorous British jewellery brand at the Cheltenham gallery from 7 September – 3 November 2019, as the first regional venue on a UK-wide tour. Jewellery, sketchbooks, photos and flyers along with two newly commissioned films will illustrate and bring to life the Tatty Devine story

Launched this summer in London at Central Saint Martins’ Lethaby Gallery, the exhibition is the first about the design duo, Harriet Vine and Rosie Wolfenden, who met at Chelsea College of Art and founded Tatty Devine when they graduated in 1999.

The pair soon started trading from a market stall in east London and developed a signature style that saw them lauded in Vogue and stocked in Harvey Nichols and Whistles within the year. They discovered laser-cut acrylic on a trip to New York in 2001 and on their return, they invested in a laser-cutting machine, rarely used in jewellery at that time, which gave them a creative freedom to push boundaries.

In the early years, Tatty Devine’s DIY, unknowingly anarchic approach resonated with an industry and public who were hungry for something different from the commercialised, mass-produced products on offer. Turning disposable objects like guitar plectrums and cake decorations into playful personality-packed jewellery resonated with people and led to fans all over the world, as well as collaborations with musicians, artists and fashion designers.

20 years after pioneering attention-grabbing laser cut jewellery, all their pieces are still made by hand in the UK.  They remain culturally relevant as they continue to design bold pieces for campaigns close to their hearts, such as Fawcett Society, Comic Relief and Battersea Cats and Dogs Home, and they are passionate advocates for the power of creativity.

Misshapes will feature over 100 pieces from the past 20 years, from the early leather cuffs and piano belts to giant two metre versions of their ‘greatest hits’ including a lobster, their magpies and a huge banana motif.

Tatty Devine have produced a one-off 20th anniversary collection featuring 20 reimagined Tatty Devine classics from their many collections, including Pegasus wings, lightning bolts, price tags and a pouring gin fizz bottle. The Wilson shop will be stocking merchandise associated with the exhibition from August.

We will be updating our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages with workshops, talks and creative activities during the exhibition or for more information, please contact us on 01242 387488 or email artgallery@cheltenhamtrust.org.uk

No RSVP is necessary for the Private View on Thursday 5 September. The launch is open to everyone from 6pm for free entry to the exhibition, interactive jewellery events and a chance to land some free gifts from our First Thursday partners.

The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum is run by The Cheltenham Trust, which manages Cheltenham’s cultural and leisure portfolio, including Leisure at Cheltenham, Cheltenham Town Hall, Pittville Pump Room and the Prince of Wales Stadium.

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