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Railings Gallery London
5 New Cavendish Street
London, W1G 8UT

10th to 30th June 2019
Opening times: Mon- Sat: 10am – 6pm |  Sun: 11am – 5pm

Railings Gallery is delighted to be exhibiting The News Pressed by textile designer and artist, Kate Lewis. Covering the news from Spring 2018 through to Spring 2019, this is a year of being in bloom, a year of nature and a year of processing the news.

Kate Lewis has always spoken the language of design. Since completing her master’s degree at the Royal College of Art in 1999, she has been transforming textiles into textured, multi-dimensional, manipulated fabrics that have been featured in the collections of luxury design houses; but it was the onslaught of television news, that inspired this latest project to blossom.

Borne out of the resulting anxiety, Kate found herself—quite literally—dissecting the news; going back to basics with scissors, newspaper, and glue as a way of processing the state of world affairs. What began as a calming act of low-tech creativity has resulted is a beautifully multilayered and subconscious fusion of nature, current events, design and media.

The flower—a fleeting beauty—signifies places and seasons. They are present for all of our major life events: births, deaths, weddings, birthdays. They serve as symbols through history. Without flowers, there would be no fruit.

At first glance, you see a beautiful image of a flower, but upon closer examination the story emerges—fragmented pieces of history, staccato words, a familiar font, a sly bit of irony, the symbolism of the bloom:

  • A cherry blossom beginning to bud—the explosive start to spring in London—tells the story of the bombings in Syria courtesy of The Sunday Telegraph.
  • The wispy greenbell of summer—inspired by the Guardian’s coverage of the Windrush scandal—conveys the ship that brought many of that generation to the UK in the 40’s as well as the earlier slaves ships.
  • The incurve chrysanthemum of autumn—symbolizing death—tells the Times’ story of the Jamal Khashoggi murder in the Saudi embassy.
  • The bright red winter berries of the ilex—taken from The Sun—recall the story of the parrot that fell in love with an Amazon Alexa.

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