Carla Van De Puttelaar
Artfully Dressed: Women in the art world
The Weiss Gallery 16 – 31 May 201
From 16 – 31 May 2018, The Weiss Gallery will hold one of its most unique exhibitions to date: ‘Artfully Dressed: Women in the Art World’, portraits by Carla van de Puttelaar. Sixty photographs of some of the most influential women in the art world today will be shown.
Amongst those sixty sitters, described by Carla as ‘’Powerful, beautiful and so bright…’ – is Marie Severine de Caraman de Chimay, descendant of George Gilbert Scott Jr., wrapped in sumptuous historic silks from Watts of Westminster, Marie Severine is the fifth generation of the Scott – dynasty of great architects – to head up this family firm.
Annabel’s Entry Hall – Life size plaster Pegasus by George Jackson, suspended from a Jules Verne-inspired silk hot air balloon in the light well above. Saddle trimmed with Watts hot orange ‘bouffant’ bullion fringe, and Pegasus, not to be out done has the same hot orange tassel detail round his knees and fetlocks. The balloon and basket are equally gorgeously decked out with hot orange, saffron and tasty ivory tassels.
Annabel’s Ground Floor Dining Room
British interior designer Kim Partridge is more used to creating homes for private clients then refurbishing luxury hotels, but when one of those clients, businessman and race horse owner JP McManus, turned hotelier she was the obvious choice for the makeover.
‘I needed hundreds of fabrics and wallpapers for Adare Manor’s 105 bedrooms and six public rooms’, she says, ‘so it was invaluable to have the Harbour close by- the showrooms cover every tier from wall coverings and upholstery right down to trimmings and they are all in one place’.
In the Gallery, the vast Wall Hangings are the work of Zardi&Zardi. Based on a set of four tapestries depicting the feast of Bacchus, these hangings were digitally printed onto linen. ‘I was in and out of Watts of Westminster all the time, tweaking threads and colours with Fiona’ says Partridge.’That’s the great thing about the Harbour, you can see people with the right expertise very quickly’.