Weaver Ali Holloway is showing a collection of textile pieces made in response to the letters of her Great Great grandfather Frederick Desnaux, a merchant trader, written to his wife Helen in 1869 as he sailed from Liverpool to West Africa. While travelling he wrote fond and hopeful letters made all the more poignant by the fact that this was to be his final journey, he never returned home as he died in Freetown, Sierra Leone of dysentery.


This exhibition brings the Desnaux story back to Clerkenwell, where it first began. Helen was born and brought up there, she was christened (as was their daughter Georgina) at St James Church in Clerkenwell Green and then she and Freddie were married there.

Weaving in old maps and fragments of clothing and lace owned and made by Helen and Georgina and taking inspiration from the strip woven textiles of West Africa Ali Holloway tells a story of a journey, of  love, loss and the threads that connect across time.

This project has been funded by a bursary from Jameson Works.

Showcase Gallery, Craft Central
33-35 St John’s Square, London EC1M 4DS

Opening times:
Monday 25th April Private View 6pm – 9pm
Tuesday – Friday 10.30 – 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am – 5pm