Best Wishes for the Festive Season


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Inge , Hersilia and the gallery team

thank you for your continued support

and wish you all the best for the new year.


Winter sale

Our limited winter sale will start on Thursday, 6th December.

The gallery will be closed from 6pm on 15th December until 11am on 17th January.


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Livingstone Studio gallery closes today for its summer holiday. During this time, visits can be arranged
by appointment on Fridays and Saturdays between 11am – 6pm on 020 7431 6311. 
The gallery reopens on 23rd August at 11am.  


We wish you a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing you in autumn.



Livingstone Studio
36 New End Square
London NW3 1LS




Livingstone Studio Summer Sale


– from Friday 6th July –



Livingstone Studio gallery closes for its annual holiday
on Saturday 4th August and reopens on Thursday 23rd August. 


Livingstone Studio
36 New End Square
London NW3 1LS
020 7431 6311


Gallery open Thursday to Saturday inclusive
11am until 6pm
Visitors’parking vouchers available



Out of Africa


Lisa Widemann Collection of Traditional Indigo Textiles


In the summer of 1994 my family and I moved to Nigeria where my husband and I took on teaching posts at the German School in Lagos.

What was supposed to last only two years became a nine-year African adventure: climate, environment, culture, languages, food, smells, sounds – all were entirely new experiences.

Apart from teaching art at school, I soon immersed myself into unknown territories: huge and densely populated marketplaces with exotic fruit and vegetables, street food, livestock, open air slaughter places, household goods, clothes and beads became part of my regular expeditions.

Getting to some markets was a bold venture due to derelict road conditions, power cuts or hopeless congested streets.

At the end of the day, coping with the difficult circumstances was worthwhile as I was usually rewarded by the discovery of beautiful vintage textiles. 

Indigo dyed textiles had been my main interest. To me, the chemical process of using indigo or woad as a dyeing pigment is fascinating: the change of colour from lime green to eventually dark blue through oxidation seems magic. Apparently, this dyeing technique has been practiced for several thousand years in many parts of the world.

Trips to Kano and Kaduna, cities in the northern part of Nigeria were eye-opening experiences, watching dyers still using traditional stone-lined pits in the ground.

Many West African cloths are made of Aso-Oke strips which are 5-15cm wide handwoven strips. I watched groups of young men in villages near Abekouta weaving such strips on narrow-strip looms.

The fibres used for weaving, predominantly cotton and silk, are either locally sourced or brought from Hausa Land in the northern part of the country and at times imported from Tunisia, Italy and France.

Lisa Widemann

Clearing the Decks


Saturday 16th June
11am until 6pm


Livingstone Studio
36 New End Square
London NW3 1LS
020 7431 6311


Gallery open Thursday to Saturday inclusive
11am until 6pm
Visitors’ parking vouchers available