Betty Pepper

This is an artist I’m trying to get inspiration from for this new project we have been given. I would like to focus on her technique on how she puts objects into old books, and makes it into something completely different. I would also like to add onto the fact that she uses everything that has some sort of memory within it. She likes to have things which aren’t new, but have some sort of past with it. I already had a slight idea that I wanted to do something like this for my work, so the fact that she has something that inspires me is great!

‘Betty Pepper is a textile/jewellery designer maker. In her effort to find that elusive something which makes an object desirable and somewhat ‘magical’ she explores different media and techniques in both two and three-dimensions.

Her work is inspired by stories, memories, things from the past, over-hearings and misgivings.

A strand of humour runs through Betty’s work using word games, hidden messages and secrets. The work features ‘grown-up’ interests, but they are treated with a child-like attitude.

Fabrics, the way they fade, carry scents and act as memory aids fascinate Betty. The recycling of old garments and fabric has become an important part of her work. The jewellery she creates uses this ageing fabric that seems to have tales of its own to tell, traces of perfume, old buttons and thread.  Imagine the stories such inanimate objects would tell could they speak.

‘The ways in which time changes and decays objects interests me greatly and I like the notion that all things are ephemeral and constantly in a state of deterioration. My work often deals with stories from the dim and distant past. This is why I choose to work with faded colours. I like the way they look as if they have lived a little.’ source

Book Keeping

‘The Dressing up box’


Hope you enjoy her work as much as i do! xo


About cerysjames

A 19 year old Textile Design student studying in Cardiff! I decided to start up a blog as a diary for all things textile! Mostly inspiration and exhibitions I've been too. My favourite things are printing and having a big imagination!

One response to “Betty Pepper

  1. Lisa MacNab

    I love this artist! I seen her recently at a craft fair called Made in Brighton where I live. Its so strange… I just came across your blog looking for images of Alice Kettle’s work and we are interested in a lot of similar things . . William Morris designs, old/vintage books and textile art. I am doing a BA in Textiles and will be focussing on wallpaper design, knit and vintage accessories. If your interested I have a blog as well. Its x

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