Joyce Petschek: Breaking the Pattern, 18 March – 29 October, The American Museum in Britain
Fans of Joyce Petschek might fancy a jaunt to Bath to see her exquisite textile art curated in a major solo exhibition for the first time in Britain. For much of her life Joyce has been passionate about Bargello, a traditional needlework technique consisting of upright flat stitches in varying lengths. The name originates from a series of 17th-century chairs found in the Bargello Palace in Florence that have a ‘flame stitch’ pattern. After many years creating designs for the commercial market, Joyce closed her business and began to work on larger, personal pieces that allowed her to explore the creative potential of her own vision. By moving away from the constraints of traditional Bargello work, she has reinvented the genre. In addition to wall textiles, a number of three-dimensional pieces will be on display, including an antique Italian wing chair, an over-sized wall mirror, a high-canopied hall porter’s chair, bespoke travel bags, and a 19th-century Kashmiri nomad’s stool.