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Fashion for the people: a history of clothing at Marks & Spencer

The publication of this book was supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (then AHRB) Research Leave Scheme, 2005. On publication of this book, Worth was invited to participate in live braodcasts on national radio(BBC Radio 4, ‘You and Yous’ (24 January 2007) and ‘Thinking Allowed’ (31 January 2007). Conference papers delivered in association with research undertaken for this book include ‘High street fashion in the 1960s’, V&A Museum, London (contribution to study day, January 2003, associated with ‘Ossie Clark’ exhibition); ‘Uniformity on the high street?’ (invited lecture to Costume Society, Bath, October 2006) Portfolio: Encyclopaedia entry, Worth, R., ‘Marks & Spencer’ in Steele, V. (ed.)(2005)’Encyclopaedia of clothing and fashion’ Farmington Hills, MI : Charles Scribner’s Sons, vol 2., pp. 385-6. CD of BBC Radio 4 live broadcast, ‘Thinking Allowed’, 31 January 2007.

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Dominic Shepherd; Julian Lee

Helmut Schuster (Director, Schuster Galleries) purchased one of Shepherd’s paintings at SCOPEMIAMI 2006. Subsequently, Schuster invited Shepherd to exhibit at Galerie Schuster, Berlin (in association with ‘CHARLIE SMITH london’). This was a joint exhibition with Julian Lee, although the work was exhibited as two seperate entities.

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Between Dog and Wolf

This was a joint exhibition with Emma Bennett initiated/curated by Zavier Ellis, Co-Director, Clapham Art Gallery and Director, ‘CHARLIE SMITH london’ (which aims, via its links with galleries and curators, to promote emerging artists in an international context). There were 13 pieces exhibited in total: 8 by Shepherd and 5 by Bennett. Research imperatives: What is the relationship between imagination and reality as expressed through the process of painting? This research takes as its starting point the romantic precept that the intensely personal/imaginative experiences of the artist may be conveyed through the medium of painting. ‘Reality’, by contrast, presents a world in which images can be manufactured and are determined by a culture of cyberspace and mass media. How can memory and the past be visualised in painting?

The research draws on the work of a number of very different artists of the late seventeenth/eighteenth/early nineteenth centuries, including Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684-1721) and Caspar David Friedrich (1764-1840) in order to reconstruct the present. In the process it explores the concept of memories as imbibed by ‘static’ artefacts, photographs and paintings, and expresses how this might be challenged by the contemporary world of moving images. ‘Between Dog and Wolf’ seeks to conteract the mechanical by allowing the unconcious to bleed its responses onto the paper through the process of painting and explores the ways in which paint can be scraped and dripped onto the canvas (with some areas deliberately left blank): the effect this creates is contrasted with ‘real’ images of actual places/landscapes and figures.

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