VERY SADLY, Leslie Forbes, prime mover in this project, died early July 2016 following a major epileptic seizure. At this date the Embroidered Minds project consisted of one site-specific exhibition and the publication of Part One of the one part of the accompanying novel. Plans are being made to continue and complete the project as Leslie intended.
Jenny is the least-written about of the now-famous Morris family, who lived with the always famous Morris firm in Queen Square, where the site is now occupied by the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.
In its initial installation at 23 Queen Square, Embroidered Minds is an installation created by artists Julia Dwyer, Caroline Isgar, Sue Ridge and Andrew Thomas, with texts by novelist Leslie Forbes and medical input from Renata Whurr and Marjorie Lorch. On this occasion, it is site-specific, but the elements are flexible and portable to any number of other locations just as its contents are open to interpretations and responses. In another form, it will be a four-part novel linked to the displays
ON 23 January 2016 @ 2.15 pm Leslie Forbes, Sue Ridge and myself are elaborating - not to say embroidering - on the subject in a presentation entitled 'Sex, Drugs and Epilepsy in the Morris Family' at the William Morris Society, 26 Upper Mall, Hammersmith.