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“Artwear” Guided Tour with Peter Gibson

10th October 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Join Peter Gibson for a creative guided tour around his “Artwear” embroidered denim jackets exhibition at Fabrications

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.

His “Artwear” exhibition at Fabrications will bring together over 25 unique ‘living’ jackets, embroidered and embellished by Peter from the last 50 years. Pieces have been borrowed back from family members, friends and commissioners.

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 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 .

Peter has been described as a “Painter with Threads” . He generates his own visual language of “Stitchery” which is unique in its colour, design and way of working. His motifs include colourful beings, musical notes, stars, and zigzags as well as text of song lyrics or notable phrases relevant to the subject matter .

Peter works intuitively with various types of embroidery skeins to create rich textured and tonal “landscapes” using the structure of the panels of the denim jacket as his canvas . He incorporates beads, charms, studs, buttons and applique as well as acrylics, inks and household paints depending on the subject matter . The jacket embroidery process has a life of its own, and can take many months before completed.

A multiplicity of sources provide inspiration for the Jacket Creations . Peter has “brought into being” Musical Tribute jackets to composers Beethoven and Mozart as well as to musical heroes Howlin’ Wolf, Petie Wheatstraw and Chuck Berry .These designs arose in an intuitive and spontaneous way .

Peter embroiders jackets for family members .He asks them to embrace the question “What makes you Tick?”. Their answers generate ideas and imagery which personalize the jacket design culminating in a wearable portrait of the owner .

Several jackets have been professional Commissions, two of these were purchased for the permanent collection of Falmouth Municipal Art Gallery. The Gallery commissioned a unique jacket with an integral audio visual component to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Nelson’s victory and death at the Battle of Trafalgar. Pete calls this jacket “Nelson as a Rock Superstar “.

His most recent project was a commission for well known Opera Singer,Teresa Cahill. This jacket celebrates her love of Mozart’s music and the illustrious composers whose work she has performed throughout her international career.

Peter calls his Jackets “Artwear”. Each jacket is not only a functional item of clothing but also an Art piece in and of itself.

Come along to this special event and meet Peter in person and his Artwear in their fullness. This will be a truly memorable experience!

Programme for the evening:

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

7.30pm – 8.30pm: “Guided Tour” with Peter Gibson

8.30pm – 9pm: Audience Q&A

PRICE: £10

You can also book directly with us at the shop or over the phone (and save on the online booking fee)

Please Note: Some of the event will take place in the Fabrications studio (which is downstairs from the shop via 12 steps)

Peter Gibson is also offering a 1 day workshop at Fabrications “Create your own Artwear Jacket” on Sunday 27th October. More information HERE.


10th October 2019
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Barley Massey