1980s street style at The Ropewalk in Barton upon Humber

By janetuplin |

The Ropewalk in Barton has one of its occasional design exhibitions this summer – Dynamic Monochrome Design – featuring the designs of Timney Fowler from a private collection. Every inch of the largest gallery, Artspace, features drama!

Timney Fowler is a postmodern fashion and interior design business which unusually included clothing, furnishing fabrics, ceramics and wallpapers in their portfolio. They even made clothes out of curtain fabric which sold to great acclaim as part of the 1980s street scene.

Based in London’s Portobello Road and later the Kings Road Timney Fowler placed themselves firmly at the centre of a vibrant London which was bursting forth with trends which would go on to have a global influence.
Will Farmer of Fieldings Auctioneers and BBC’s Antiques Roadshow helped with the design of the exhibition.

“This archive of bold designs and simple repeat patterns form the foundation stones to a body of work which included everything from interiors to fashion and instantly transports you back to those dynamic design days of the 1980s and 90s,” he said.

The exhibition has been curated by Sara Haddon, who now lives in South Ferriby, mainly from items in her own collection. Sara was sucked in by the sheer exuberance of Timney Fowler’s Kings Road shop in the 1990s and started to buy items to furnish her London flat.

“The timeless nature of Timney Fowler means their work looks as good in my home today as it did 25 years ago. I saw an exhibition at The Fashion and Textile Museum in 2010 which included Timney Fowler designs and I hoped one day to be able to bring something of the excitement of their displays to Barton Upon Humber. The Ropewalk have been amazingly accommodating as I’ve packed Artspace with a cacophony of more than 100 pieces from my collection,” she explained.

Richard Hatfield Exhibitions Officer at The Ropewalk has worked with Sara on the exhibition.

“We are delighted to be hosting a design led exhibition this summer as part of an occasional design series – it will come as quite a surprise to regular visitors to our Artspace Gallery. Earlier exhibitions have featured the work of Josef Albers and Eduardo Paolozzi,” he added.

The exhibition runs from July 30 to September 10 2017 in the Artspace. The Ropewalk is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and from 10am to 4pm on Sunday and Bank Holidays. Admission is free

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