Wednesday, September 13, 2006

"Lindner Doll" (1965) by Jann Haworth

During the 1960s, Jann Haworth (1942) experimented with a series of cloth work 'celebrity' dolls in which she captured the spirit of the 'swinging sixties' and Pop Art. Alongside Richard Hamilton, David Hockney and her husband Peter Blake, Haworth was a major figure in the first decade of British Pop Art, exploring the imagery of comics, pin-up magazines, consumer advertisements. Two of her cloth work sculptures of this period appear in the foreground of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover, a photo-collage which she co-designed with Peter Blake. She explained in an interview with David Lister:

Peter and I were there at the time, talking to Paul and John, and working out what the Pepper cover would be... The old lady and Shirley Temple figure in the foreground were mine, and the idea of going for 3-D figures in a setting was something I was doing at the time. The crowd concept was Peter's. (London, 2000)

The Lindner Doll, clad in her raucous, breast exposing corset, is a play upon the bizarre images of women found in the work of the American Pop Artist Richard Lindner. Jann Haworth continued to work in three dimensional needlework and appliqué throughout the following decade, when she worked with The Brotherhood of Ruralists. Haworth left the Brotherhood around 1980 and returned to the United States, where in Utah, she founded the Sundance Artshack Studio. (source)

It's for sale for £30,000 (56K USD).

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