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The poet uses words, the painter, oil. Caroline Groves talks about her medium of expression – the transformation of inspiration and ideas into wearable works of art.
Expect an enjoyable evening full of insight and stories about her journey into high-end shoemaking and her commitment to sustainability in the use of traditional methods and natural materials.
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.

The talk is followed by  a viewing of the accompanying exhibition where Caroline 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.

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 talk and 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 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.

Tickets £15 (limited to 40)

Tickets go on sale to the general public through the website at 10am on Friday 9th April and to Benefactors of the festival 1 week earlier at 10am on Good Friday.

 

Caroline Groves