Dame Elizabeth Blackadder painted in oil and watercolours and worked with printmakers on a variety of printing techniques. Her sensitivity to her surroundings inspired many still-life paintings, as well as many portraits of her cats, where she captures the paraphernalia around her studio and her domestic interior in compositions tending towards the abstract. The objects featured in her paintings are often those she collected during her many travels in Europe and in the East. The space between objects and their resonance with each other held a great fascination for her.
Dovecot's new interpretation of Elizabeth Blackadder’s Still Life with Chequered Box, woven by Emma Jo Webster and Elaine Wilson, continues Dovecot’s 57- year collaboration with Blackadder and her work. Dovecot first worked with Blackadder in 1966, to weave Still Life (Tulips).