Published: 06:00, 04 April 2021
The former house and garden of a visionary artist and activist has inspired a new Tweed collection.
Derek Jarman’s Prospect Cottage in Dungeness, has given rise to four new yellow and black checked tweeds designed by Romney Tweed, a social enterprise based on Romney Marsh.
The wool comes from a single breed, often single flock, Romney sheep which have grazed in the area since the 7th century.
It is spun and woven in Yorkshire.
The latest collection was inspired by the bright yellow window and door frames at the cottage.
Collection designer and Weaver-in-Residence, Rosie Green said: "We are proud to showcase the Prospect Collection as a love letter to the distinctive Prospect Cottage and the shingle which surrounds it.
"The Prospect Collection honours the resounding legacy of the cottage, in a year when the notion of home has been so important.”
Last year, Prospect Cottage was the subject of the biggest arts fundraising campaign in history.
More than £3.5 million was raised to rescue the building, which belonged to artist, filmmaker and LGBT icon Derek Jarman.
Jarman, who died in 1994, is thought to be one of the most influential figures in 20th-century British culture.
He moved to the cottage, which sits in the shadow of the power station, in 1986 following his diagnosis of HIV and lived there until his death in 1994.
Romney Tweed, based on a farm in Old Romney, was founded in 2014 by Pat Alston. Prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, it ran courses teaching people to weave.
It also runs outreach schools’ projects and design competitions with college students which are currently being run remotely.
It hopes to continue the weaving courses, outreach projects and competitions face-to-face after lockdown.