This fabulous churn has been decorated by Lorna Wiles and entire scene is made with fabric. Stunning 🤩
Lorna Wiles’ Churn, “Meadows in Danger,” is decorated entirely with fabric that she has designed and screen printed. She has also meticulously hand made all the flowers and grasses.
The whole composition represents a meadow and is a tribute to the many pastures that we have sadly lost to overdevelopment.
Her friend and neighbour, Jane Sleep, has written a brilliant and poetic tribute which hangs on an oak leaf on the handle.
LORNA WILES’ HISTORY
1943– Born near Callington in the Tamar Valley. Grew up in Crantock on the North Cornish coast, where she still lives.
1960– Lived in Paris where she spent six months drawing in the Louvre and trying to learn French.
1961– Studied Printed Textiles, Lithography and Painting at Falmouth College of Art.
1963– Lithographs accepted at Young Contemporaries Exhibition, London
1964–Studied at Plymouth College of Art, where she took her N.D.D.
1965–Studied Art Education and Embroidery at the West of England College of Art, Bristol. Showed at Bristol City Art Gallery.
1966– Worked as Interior Designer for Bristol development company
1968– Returned to Cornwall to set up workshop in cowshed in Crantock, designing and printing fabric for Bilbo Surf Company.
1969–Full time Lecturer at Cornwall College
1971–Partnered with Lakes Pottery Truro, designing ceramics and textiles.
1973–started The Old Forge Workshop in Crantock. Commissioned to design and print Jillypeg Toys. Began first collection of famous wrap skirts and matching tops for retail and wholesale.
1976–Moved to large factory in Newquay designing, printing and manufacturing own label clothing, employing up to 22 people
1976–1991–showed at national Fashion Shows, London, Olympia, Harrogate and Bristol.
1996–Started Crantock Forge Gallery promoting other artists and group shows.
1997–Designed, printed and manufactured ties, scarves and table linen for Tate, St. Ives
2001–Sold Lorna Wiles Textiles Company, now located at Lostwithiel and still thriving.
2006– Moved the Gallery to her studio at West Pentire, Crantock
The Studio Gallery has a large selection of Lorna’s latest paintings and
Textiles. There are also ceramics and jewellery by other talented
The Lorna Wiles Studio Gallery, Tamarisk House, West Pentire,
Is open from Easter to the end of September, other times by
Tel: 01637830455. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meadows in danger a lament to lost pastures
The World turns as
the mixer churns,
to sharp concrete edges,
Which vandalise fields
for tempting cash deals,
They build not for need
but to satisfy greed.
Where will the bees feed?
Written Jane Sleep