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Jann Haworth came from California to study at the Slade School of Art, where she adopted sewing and upholstery to create soft figurative sculpture as a way to explore popular culture while still asserting the value of traditional female artisinal activities. This is one of several soft sculptures of oversized pieces of jewellery that Haworth made at the time and was exhibited in her first solo exhibition at the Robert Fraser gallery in 1966. She and her first husband Peter Blake collaborated in 1967 on the cut-outs of famous figures for The Beatles’ album Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

October 2013