Embroidered Minds collaboration

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Julia Dwyer (12 November 1953 - 31 January 2020)
We are thrilled to announce taking place X, a celebration of the enduring legacy of Julia Dwyer in the form of an award for students on the MA Interior and Spatial Design at Camberwell College of Arts. Together with Julia’s partner Sue Ridge, Julia taught on the innovative Public Art BA and MA at Chelsea College of Arts (now Camberwell). The award will commemorate Julia’s outstanding contribution to feminist practices in architecture, public art and education and her life-long championing of women’s right and capacity to intervene in, occupy and build space, for themselves and for everyone in equal measure.

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On June 26 2021 a walk took place to celebrate the life of Julia Dwyer, forming part of the Barbican programme of events linked to ‘How We Live Now’ an exhibition on the work of Matrix Feminist Design Co-operative of which Julia was a founder member. The walk, from the Barbican to Queens Square, is called ‘Noticing the Unnoticed a walk for Julia’, after an article Julia wrote in 2010.

Chelsea Flower Show 2018

The Embroidered Minds Epilepsy Garden was one of the Artisan Gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May 2018. Please also see Epilepsy Society website and Burgon and Ball blog for further information

Valerian, Bromide and Queen Square
Blog post about Valerian: the plant that attracted the most interest from the thousands of visitors to our Embroidered Minds Epilepsy Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show 2018

Embroidered Minds of the Morris Women: a Gothic novel in serial form

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Following the exhibition held in Queen Square Library November 2015-February 2016, the Embroidered Minds collaboration have published the first instalment of their novel:

Embroidered Minds of the Morris Women: A Novel in serial form : Part One : Don’t Remember
wherein a tragic conspiracy of silence surrounding William Morris’s family is explored by
Leslie Forbes, with Jan Marsh, and the artists Caroline Isgar, Sue Ridge, Andrew Thomas & Julia Dwyer. Greatly assisted by various doctors and scientists involved in neurological issues (notably Professor Marjorie Lorch and Doctor Renata Whurr)

This tale of creativity, betrayal and obsessive love is woven around the true story of William and Jane Morris’s eldest daughter Jenny. Narrated through diaries written by the women and the engimatic Dr.Q, Embroidered Minds spans half a century, focusing on political and artistic directions in which the celebrated Morrises were led because of Jenny’s epilepsy, a condition that reflected their dynamic era.

We have a small supply of the books for sale in the Library.

Please contact : embroideredminds@sandsthomas.co.uk for further details.

Please also see Embroidered Minds website

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