“Beginning with a series of creation myths Easton maps the course of a folk tale from its inception in history, with its many branches, to the tale’s role in contemporary life.
Fevral – A Folklore is an exhibition showing works in oil, fabric, stitch, pen and yarn.” -www.theherbert.org
I was taken to Fevral with no prior knowledge of the artist and his work. We took in two reluctant 5 year olds who had made it clear that they did not want to be looking at an exhibition , inside on such a nice day. As soon as they got into the gallery their attitudes changed instantly! The striking artworks depicting bears immediately captured them and with little encouragement, the started going around the gallery creating their own stories from the pictures! It was magical to hear their interpretations, and how differently they saw the story.
The girls particularly liked the two display cases. the first contained a knitted scarf which was a river of leaves and sticks, carrying the bear away. the second was stone bottles (containing “fermented blood” and instruments whittled from bones)
Also included in the exhibition was work by Eaton’s partner, Claire Scully, an illustrator behind The Menagerie and Nordic wilderness colouring books. I adore her stylised ink drawings, and have various pieces of her work (from her book) around my house, and was thrilled to see her bears included! I really wish the Herbert gift shops had prints from this exhibition in its shop!
This exhibit is on until 2nd September, and is perfect for a warm summer day, as it is a wonderfully refreshing space with cool air conditioning. It is true,y an oasis to escape to. Don’t miss out!