The Fan Museum reopened on 16th February 2022 after a short winter break. The exhibition The Allure of Lace runs until 16th April 2022. See https://www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/the-allure-of-lace
This exhibition at the Musee d’Art et d’Histoire, Geneva will feature fans and fan leaves drawn from the museum’s own collections which (for those who will not be able to travel to Geneva) are viewable on https://collections.geneve.ch/mah/recherche?search_api_fulltext=eventail. The press release for this exhibition is available here (in French).
This promises to be an extraordinary exhibition of Regency costume and accessories (including fans) created entirely from paper (and thread) by the artist Stephanie Smart. The press release here gives details of opening hours and various related events taking place during the exhibition. We show here images of one of the fans that will be on show and a gentleman’s costume.
The Worshipful Company of Fan Makers is a Livery Company based in the city of London, incorporated by a Royal Charter in 1709.
While rooted in history, today the Company is keen to create a wider awareness of the fan. To open new markets and discover new fan practitioners, they are supporting emerging designers and makers to develop new forms of fan making.
As part of this work, the Company has started a new partnership with UAL’s Material and Spatial Practices Programme, in particular the BA Product and Furniture Design course at Chelsea College of Arts.
Read all about this project here