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"Artwear" opening night & In conversation with Peter Gibson, FABRICATIONS - Hackney

  • London
  • crafts, combined arts, interdisciplinary arts, visual arts, Other, hand embroidery
  • Barley Massey


Celebrate the opening of Peter Gibson’s “Artwear” embroidered denim jackets exhibition and hear stories from his rich and creative life.  

Peter Gibson calls himself a “Creativist”, a term he invented to describe his professional life as an Artist, Filmmaker, and Musician. He studied Fine Art and Pedagogy at Liverpool College of Art and Design in the early Sixties.

In the Seventies, he received a Kodak Scholarship to study Film at Postgraduate level at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. There he met his lifelong creative partner, Alex Hooper. In 1971, they directed and produced their acclaimed film “The Turning Point”, a music documentary about the Blues Legend, John Mayall, which premiered at the Edinburgh film Festival. In 2004, they were commissioned by the BBC , to make a second documentary entitled “John Mayall, Godfather of the British Blues”.

Peter began embroidering denim jackets – the stereotypical “Muso’s uniform”– to relieve the boredom of endless motorway journeys. He was entirely self taught and always had an embroidery project “on the go” whilst touring with his bands the renowned Brett Marvin and the Thunderbolts Blues Band. He has been "Jacketing” for over fifty years and continues to find this method of creative expression fully absorbing .

The “Artwear” exhibition at Fabrications will bring together over 20 unique ‘living’ jackets, embroidered and embellished by Peter from the last 50 years. Pieces have been borrowed back from family members, friends and commissioners.

Programme for the evening:

6.30pm: Doors Open. Wine/Drinks & light buffet reception & view the exhibition

7.30pm – 8.30pm: “In conversation” with Peter Gibson and Alex Hooper

8.30pm – 9pm: Audience Q&A

WHEN: Friday 4th October, 6.30 - 9pm

WHERE: Fabrications, 7 Broadway Market, Hackney, London E8 4PH.

PRICE: £10

TO BOOK: e mail or call Barley on 020 7275 8043 or BOOK ONLINE via Fabrications website CALENDAR

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