Art To Wear For – Henriette Stoehr

Henriette Stoehr is renowned for her beautiful scarves; constructed from silk and felt, sometimes thousands of pieces of material are incorporated into the finished pieces.

I went along to Henriette’s current demonstration at the Open Eye Gallery and found myself, accidentally, drawn into the process! Let me explain… I was sitting near to this remarkable woman as she began to show us her technique. Using a large sheet of bubble wrap as the base, she was working with silk chiffon, very soft wool and polyester – and, surprisingly, washing up liquid, boiling water and hand-pressed sheets of bamboo.

As Henriette continued to layer the materials, she gave me a piece of woven wool to cut into a shape for the creation. Out of the vivid blue wool I cut a triangle, which I described as the ‘eternal triangle’ and placed a strip of light green wool across it. Who said blue and green should never be seen?

Henriette then added the layers and using boiling water and washing up liquid ‘set’ the piece by rolling the bamboo over and over the work. This part is very strenuous as Henriette told us the procedure normally had to be repeated around a hundred times – all by hand to produce a unique scarf.

Indeed the scarves are beautiful and each one is a wearable work of art. Later by chance I met a girlfriend who told me in the course of our conversation, ‘I just had to buy one, they’re so beautiful.’ I hope you will agree with the examples we show here.

This is the gallery’s first textile exhibition running til 27th March.

The Open Eye opens from 10 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday and 10 am to 4 pm on Saturdays. The address is 34 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh EH3 62E, telephone 0131 557 1020



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Christine Richard OBE FRSA Christine has over 25 years' experience in public life in Scotland in the fields of politics, education, public relations and charity work. For 12 years she served on the City of Edinburgh District Council and was her Group's leader for 4 years. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 1992 she was made an OBE. Christine is a member of the Board of The Friends of the Royal Scottish Academy. She has just completed six years on the Board of The Edinburgh International Festival. Christine's business experience has covered the fields of theatre, economic development, science, coal mining, education and training. She has held a number of non-executive directorships in these disciplines. She is a trained and experienced personal relationships counsellor and a business and personal mentor. In 2005 Christine established Christine Richard Associates who undertake Event Management and Public Relations as well as company and individual profiling. She coordinated the 'Yes to Edinburgh' campaign on congestion charging in Edinburgh. ten years ago Christine co-founded West Lothian Women in Business, which is a network for women who are self-employed and also for women managers. Christine has now stepped down from the Chair of this thriving organisation. For 5 years Christine was a magistrate in the District Court. She was also a member of the Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on the appointment of Justices of the Peace. She has been an adviser to Government in various areas of policy, including health, local government and education. Christine is a trained and experienced radio and television broadcaster and writer as well as an entertaining and accomplished speaker. She has a wealth of topics on which she is invited to speak. These range from witty after lunch and after dinner speaking to the more serious topics of the economy, health, education, enterprise, the Powers of the Mind and Life/work balance. She writes reviews and articles for lifestyle magazine, Lothian Life. She took part as a contestant in an ITV gourmet TV show, Chef V Britain, challenging TV chef Gino D'Acampo to cook her signature dish, Posh Cottage Pie. Currently Christine is a member of the Goodison Group in Scotland and Scotland's Futures. Also she is involved in the group Changing the Chemistry of Scottish Boards. Her first novel, Whitewalls, a modern Scottish family saga has been published by New Generation Publishing and is available on all internet books siets and from libraries. She is writing a sequel Autumn at Whitewalls. Her leisure interests include her family, literature, music, theatre, food, wine and horse racing. She is a member of a racing syndicate, which has two horses in training.

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