New exhibition

The Archive Project artists: Denise Jones, Debbie Lyddon, Mary Morris and Poppy Szaybo, are preparing for a new exhibition that explores ideas through responses to archives and collections, using textile and mixed media. Each artist is creating a new body of work based on an archive that is personal to them.

The Archive Project @ The Cello Factory

33-34 Cornwall Road

Waterloo London SE1 8TJ

Thursday 4 May 2017 – Friday 12 May 2017

Open daily 11.00 – 17.30 (16.00 on last day)

Meet the artists all day on Saturday 6th May

More information coming soon


The exhibition is up

The first ‘Archive Exhibition’ has been put up and is ready to open on February 4 2016 at The Haslemere Educational Museum.

Here are some pictures.


An empty space …. ready to go.





The exhibition is up!



Mary Morris, Inventory (1913-2016)

From Mary’s statement

‘On setting out on this voyage, however, I paused to assess my drawing materials. I delved into family boxes and found sketchbooks going back to my grandfather’s day, pens, pencils, paints, paper and drawing instruments belonging to my parents. The more I looked at these items it became apparent that here too was a collection, and that it told stories of lives lived and places travelled spanning over a century – and one that is still continuing.’


Poppy Szaybo, Three of her mixed-media collages

From Poppy’s statement

‘‘The Archive Project’ explores the entomological insect collections of Major A.S. Buckle and Robert Long – a visual response to the wooden cabinets containing drawers of categorised, ordered, numbered butterflies and moths. Laid out in rows by species, type and colour, the static fragile insects are pinned and labelled, nothing out of place. Pulling each drawer to reveal another line of wings and bodies, boxed in with glass and offering the faint smell of moth balls – a Victorian obsession with travelling, collecting, gathering, containing, ordering. Using thread, stitch, colour, texture, surface and pattern, each textile piece an interpretation of the collection – framed, contained, ordered, revealed.’


Denise Jones, A Curious Unlocking

From Denise’s statement

‘For this project I reflected on the idea of a personal archive, a collection of material objects, which evoke and store experiences, memories and potential within our selves, and which thread working, embroidering, has a curious gift of unlocking.’


Debbie Lyddon, Liminal Objects: Molluscs

From Debbie’s statement

‘Looking around the museum I was attracted to the Natural History collection and in particular the coral and shells. I particularly liked the sign next to the Razor Shells (Ensis Siliqua) that tells us that these creatures ‘burrow in the sand’. This prompted me to look more closely at the objects I find lying around as I walk on the beaches of the North Norfolk coast (many of which are indeed buried in the sand). I have created two series of work for this exhibition: one is based on a real collection and one is imaginary.’


Haslemere Museum Exhibition

The Archive Project originates from an idea conceived by four artists using textile and mixed media: Mary Morris, Debbie Lyddon, Poppy Szaybo and Denise Jones.

Thoughts about collecting, selecting, ordering and classifying have been collaboratively discussed and explored for this project, and are evidenced in this first exhibition of their work.

The project begins at Haslemere Educational Museum and will transfer to small museums and galleries in the South East.

the archive project