Prepare to be enchanted by a kaleidoscope of colours and designs as John Allen unveils his latest collection of hand-woven wall carpets. With a passion for blending art and nature, these works are a testament to his deep emotional connection with the English landscape, each carpet telling a vivid story of rolling hills, serene meadows, and tranquil waters. Through his masterful use of colour and design, Allen transports us, allowing us to be immersed in the beauty of the landscapes he adores.
John Allen, Golden Autumn, wool and silk, 2023
John Allen, Hampshire Clump, wool and silk, 2023
A child of working class upbringing, he initially trained as a dental technician and helped in the family coal business before enrolling on textiles courses at Camberwell and the Royal College of Art. At the latter he became a critical member of the faculty, setting up their first knitting course in 1977, lecturing, and being made an official fellow in 1985. In 1989 he left to concentrate on his own work, and in the three decades hence has worked for some of the biggest names in fashion. A recent edition of bags and towels for Loewe featuring Allen’s carpet designs sold out twice to VIP collectors before it even reached the shelves.
John Allen, Seven Sisters, wool and silk, 2023
Allen works very closely with master weavers in Nepal, using hand dyed wool and silk and techniques that push them to the very limits of their capabilities. Many of the carpets take up to 3 months to weave. Still bursting with energy, this exhibition finds Allen at the very height of his powers and is one not to be missed.
John Allen, Cornish Sunset, wool and silk, 2023
📅 Opening Date: 14th October
📍 Location: Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham