Norman and Valerie came to visit, so we had a quick trip around Waddesdon Manor and Windmill Hill Archive Centre. The dining tables in the house were decked out in folded napkins, this was an exhibition called ‘Folded Beauty Masterpieces in linen by Joan Sallas (A man)’

Originally an origami paper artist, Sallas became fascinated with historic napkin and linen folding. He has meticulously researched and mastered this forgotten art and is now the world’s leading virtuoso folder. He has almost singlehandedly revived the extraordinary art that first appeared in Renaissance Italy but reached its zenith in German-speaking lands in the 17th century. Sallas has exhibited across Europe and USA, but never in the UK. The exhibition at the Holburne and at Waddesdon is the first time audiences here have the opportunity to see this remarkable and spectacular art-form from a highly-skilled and passionate artist.

 


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