The Watts Gallery Costume Loan Box
It was some trepidation that I dusted off my sewing machine, which hasn’t been used in a few years and headed of to the Surrey Arts Wardrobe. I was joined there by three enthusiastic volunteers who had offered to help making some garments for a Watts Gallery Costume loan box for use by primary school children. We started off with a tour of the wardrobe by Katy May (the manager), looking at the variety of costumes that they have to hire and then got down to the serious job of making. Sara had the challenging task of making a pattern for a G.F.Watts robe. There was lots examining of robes in the wardrobe collection for children and then re-looking again at photographs of Watts wearing his robe, to get the design just right. By the end of the day the pattern was made and the fabric cut and I’m looking forward to seeing the final piece. Catherine worked on making a corset and Pauline and I started making a chemise each. Now I’m off to buy some bias binding for the Watts robe.
The Watts Gallery Costume Loan box for primary schools is being developed in partnership with Surrey Arts Wardrobe and will be piloted in the Summer Term 2010. It will be available for schools to use in conjunction with artist led sessions with from the Autumn Term 2010.