Ruffles at Knole

29th April – End Oct 2024

Ruffles is an art installation celebrating strong female figures, those who ruffled feathers to move society forward and those women who supported them to do so. It recognizes the interdependent relationships of women spanning different social standings, backgrounds and cultures.

Currently installed at Knole, the birthplace of Vita Sackville-West, we are celebrating the bold woman who was passionate about living and loving on her own terms. Vita is famous for her passionate love affairs with both men and women, a prolific career as an author and her vision to create an incredible home and gardens at Sissinghurst.

This site-responsive art installation is currently made up of 132 cushions adorned with hand-sewn ruffles in a variety of fabrics from course cotton to fine silk. These represent the interdependent relationships of women from different backgrounds who supported one another via relationships including as friends, lovers, employers and employees. This year also marks 132 years since Vita was born. The piece is accompanied by a scent inspired by Vita’s gardens, incorporating rose, iris, violet and sweet pea.

Come see and smell Ruffles yourself in the Orangery ‘Vita: Discover a story of love and life at Knole’

29th April – End Oct 2024 | Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0RP

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