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British Museum Commission

About this project

A commission by the British Museum to make bespoke collections of contemporary craft, taking inspiration from their archives and reflecting their unique identity. 

Digital printing was used to create unique silk fabric designs with imagery from key artefacts.  When reworked, the historical references became embedded into the contemporary pieces.


£150 — £900


embroidery, mending, archive, artefact, commission, Kintsugi


Textiles, Ceramics, Pottery


Ceramics, Textiles, Mixed Media, Recycled
British Museum: London Map, 2012
Photographer: Zoë Hillyard
A collection inspired by the exquisite London Map printed in 1825 in which the Tower of London still has a moat and beyond the Brompton road there is only farmland. Titled 'Cary's New & Accurate Map of London & Westminster', the map is currently held in the British Library. Ceramic Patchwork / Silk, ceramic, thread / 22cm high X 20cm
British Museum: Elizabethan Collection 2012
Photographer: Zoë Hillyard
From a collection created to coincide with the Shakespeare: Staging the World exhibition, 2012. The collection reworked a beautifully detailed 1592 etching of Queen Elizabeth 1st, which was featured in the exhibition. Ceramic Patchwork / Silk, ceramic & stitch / 12cm tall X 16cm
British Museum: Blue and White Collection, 2013
Photographer: Zoë Hillyard
The core blue and white collection was inspired by a range of Chinese plates which date from the Xangxi reign within the Qiang dynasty (1622-1722). Ceramic Patchwork / Silk, ceramic & stitch / 20cm high X 12cm

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