The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall to visit Charles and Patricia Lester

The  Royal visit of TRHs The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall to visit Charles and Patricia Lester

Well it is official now that it is on TRHs website.  Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall are going to visit the studios of Charles and Patricia Lester.  It is fantastic that they have accepted our invitation to visit the studios and at a time when we are launching the celebration of our being in business for 50 years.

50 years of creating textiles, clothes, interior pieces, art work – including experiments that have never gone further than the initial challenge of trying something new.  And the exciting times when a mistake turns out to be a great idea – so we continue with the same passion that led us into the very first experiments doing tie-dye and batik many years ago.

Those who know our history will already be aware of how it all started – poverty burning holes in my pocket and a baby on the way.  Living far away from any family I did not want to go out to work – in fact I could not go out to work once our baby was born.  So I tried doing all sorts of things to make extra pennies to eek out a very small income.  So from very simple beginnings we have evolved into what we do today.  Interestingly the challenges are no different – it was just as hard to struggle down to Newport market with a case full of clothes and the baby as it is now preparing this exhibition for a royal visit.  Fear is interesting in that with experiences of a lifetime you still get anxious about doing the very best you can but the sensation is probably no different in intensity than it was 50 years ago undertaking very small projects.

RNLI fund-raising show at Rolls of Monmouth

So now we have gone through the tidying up process – after the show to raise funds for the RNLI when the studio looked like this:

Return of collection Rolls of Monmouth
RNLI show at Rolls of Monmouth

Chaos indeed, but that is how it works –

To this:

Exhibition being prepared for the visit by Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall

50 year celebration exhibition
One corner organised for The Royal visit

Exhibition to launch the celebration of 50 years in business – The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will unveil a plaque at the studios of Charles and Patricia Lester

Another corner is organised – Charles’s photographs with echoes of the colours in the pictures painted in frocks by Patricia!

TRHs The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall special celebration of Charles and Patricia Lester's creativity
Textile art and inspiration for the exhibition celebrating 50 years of creativity

Colour an important ingredient in the art of Charles and Patricia Lester for the exhibition to celebrate their 50 years working together.

A colourful corner

Royal visit exhibition
Colour inspirations for the exhibition celebrating 50 years

 

 

Day wear jackets and tops
Old books and toning textiles
Exhibition preparation for the celebration of 50 years in creativity in textiles
Colours and textures in art
Art photography and textiles in harmony

 

Art inspiration and textile creativity

 

Inspirational photographs
Inspirations in nature leading to textile art