Bespoke Couture Shoemaker Caroline Groves joins forces with Taxidermist, Naturalist and Collector John Burton for a curated exhibition of their work.
Embark on a visual journey through two crafts featuring craftsmen who insist on the integrity of natural materials and traditional methods.
Caroline Groves, born and bred in the Cotswolds, has a personal connection to the local heritage of craftsmanship – her great-grandfather was among the craftsmen of C.R Ashbee’s original Arts & Crafts movement. Known for blurring the lines between art and fashion, she has made high-end bespoke shoes for an international clientele for 30 years, and has exhibited all over the world, including the V&A in London.
John Burton, proprietor of Natural Craft Taxidermy in Ebrington, has been mounting, collecting and dealing for nearly 50 years. His work is highly sought-after by collectors and auction houses around the country.
Caroline and John first collaborated in the 80’s when Caroline was sourcing, and experimenting with, her first skins. Their mutual respect grew from their common understanding of the strife for perfection and mastery of skills shared by true artisans.
The exhibition will be held at the studios of Caroline Groves, Atelier Groves & Co. Ltd. Farncombe House, Farncombe Estate, Broadway, WR12 7LJ.
A short 5 minute drive from the village of Broadway.
Free ample parking is available just beyond the main entrance to the Estate. Follow the signage to the studio at the main house.
The studio is accessible by wheelchair. Please mention this when booking your appointment to receive special instructions.
Please note: Visitors can be assured that all materials and mounts are ethically and legally sourced. Regulatory guidelines are strictly adhered to in the acquisition, preservation and transport of specimens.
Opening hours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily throughout the festival
Free entry but please call 01386 854230 to book your visit in advance
Please note – there is also a talk by Caroline Groves scheduled for Sunday June 6th at 5pm at the exhibition venue.
Tickets are £15 and will need to be purchased in advance through the website and include an opportunity to visit the exhibition afterwards.