jeanette orrell

ruthin craft centre

5th - 22nd nov 2014


Jeanette Orrell’s residency  took place in Ruthin Craft Centre’s Studio 5. The artist presented an exhibition of existing works within WanderBox, and spent her time in residence working on a pair of plimsolls that forms part of another series, as well as speaking to visitors.

“The dress, vest and mittens are clothes belonging to my youngest daughter, Ellie, and they are stitched with her hair. They are embellishment and are connected with the growth of her from baby to young adolescent. The clothes were from when she was a baby, the hair from when she was just around 11/12. There is something about the length of her hair and the passing of time that I like and also her hair is a beautiful red colour, which shines like golden thread in the garments.”

Film maker Ellie Jones-Hughes created this film about Jeanette’s WanderBox Residency.

artist biog

Jeanette Orrell was born in Leigh, Lancashire in 1964. She studied ceramics and graduated from Camberwell School of Art in 1985. After graduation she travelled between London, Japan, and Greece, eventually returning to the North West of England to undertake a couple of artist residencies and had a family. Jeanette Orrell has exhibited both 2d and 3d work extensively. She is currently based in North Wales. Much of her work explores “ideas", such as domesticity, femininity, or gender roles.