Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Kate Keara Pelen and a constellation of badges



Great to see Kate Keara Pelen last night at the opening of her show near Waterloo: hadn't seen her for far too long - seven years ago when she was showing with Lorenzo Belenguer at the Gallery in Willesden Green.
She's been working again with textiles - this time at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing at King's College London and created an installation of 100 nursing badges spanning more than a century.
Each is embellished - perhaps with suture threads, fragments of cloth, wool - or decommissioned uniforms. There's a sound track with interviews to accompany the piece - hard to hear last night in the buzz of the busy opening!
But to find out more about Kate's thoughts about the piece - click here.
We've been thinking about nursing in World War One in particular ahead of next week's talk at the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro. Part of our Heart of Conflict exhibition on Cornwall during the war years.