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The Idea:  African Connections was a project which explored the links between traditional African dances and contemporary social dances.  It led to the creation and exhibition of 24 Batiks plus the creation of 24 flick books illustrating the chosen dances.. You will find a full description of African Connections under Dance  by clicking here. African Connections  took place over 5 years - it started with research - followed by bringing the…

 

Created : Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 16:06
Updated : Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 07:09

 

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This was an exhibition of a selection of works from the thousands of banners that made up The Ribbon Of Peace. 50 of the 150 individual banners that came to the UK were exhibited at the Blackie. Each banner was a separate image, sewn or painted onto fabric, depicting what each individual or group loved most or wanted to protect by ending the threat of global pollution and nuclear war. The individual works were made by people from all over the…

 

Created : Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 23:05
Updated : Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 07:09

 

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An exhibition of 23 quilts, each 6ft x 6ft, made by the community of Silverdale, North Staffordshire, to commemorate Fanny Deakin (1883-1968), Silverdale's extraordinary spokeswoman and political activist. Fanny Deakin was a founder member of the Labour Party in Silverdale, becoming the first woman councillor on the Wolstanton Urban District Council in 1921.  A miners wife, she was a champion of local people and fought for better conditions,…

 

Created : Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 22:53
Updated : Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 07:09

 

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"Great claims are made for the pen, the brush and the sword, but the needle can be as sharp, as mighty and as moving"  Dawn Pavitt. 100 years of Womens Banners was a Grade 2 travelling exhibition and included historical material. The banners on exhibition came from: Suffragettes, Suffragists, The Co-operative Womens Guild, The Womens Temperance Movement, as well as Trade Unions, The Labour party, Greenham Women for Peace, Miners Support Groups…

 

Created : Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 00:16
Updated : Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 06:42

 

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"Many minds, but one heart." (Chelmsford Branch banner of the NUGW). All of the banners collected together for this exhibition, with the exception of the Suffrage banner, were the work of women in Merseyside and the North West. Some of them were simply made - produced quickly for a demonstration; some of them contained months and months of intricate work and patience. All pointed to the work and diversity of interests that concern…

 

Created : Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 23:55
Updated : Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 06:42

 

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                                                       This was an exhibition of 6 banners newly commisioned by the STUC (Scottish Trades Union Council) for the opening of the April 1990 STUC Congress. Jane Carroll and Alistair McCallum were commisioned to make the banners; both had previously worked for many individual unions in designing and making banners and posters. The exhibition consisted of woven, printed and hand painted banners,…

 

Created : Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 23:50
Updated : Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 06:42

 

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A sometimes serious, sometimes light-hearted look at food and eating, interpreted in textiles by artists from Merseyside and around the country. The Artists and Their Work: Su Richardson (Birmingham) Su uses crochet in much of her work - it's a medium she feels she can control; she "didn't learn it from a man, and men don't know enough about it to pass comment."  She also says of this technique: "It's a medium that's always been connected…

 

Created : Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 23:07
Updated : Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 06:42

 

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  This exhibition of textile and beaded works reflected the chosen theme of costume and art - 'clothing' as interpreted by six artists from around the country.     The Artists and Their Work: Judith Duffey (an American living in London) Judith's impressive knitted work 'Astrological Armour' had recently been seen on the BBC1 programme 'Hand Made'. This work was not for sale. Judith is a member of the Crafts Council Slide Library. Katya…

 

Created : Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 00:05
Updated : Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 06:42

 

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'Hat Tricks' continued the series of theme - based textile exhibitions with a semi-serious look at hats - ranging from the fantastic to some examples of more traditional ethnic headgear. The exhibition aimed, amongst other things, to draw attention to an accessory that no longer takes the form of a customary convention. The exhibition was also seeking to entertain and to present, mostly, contemporary textile/fashion skills. There was a variety…

 

Created : Monday, August 27, 2012 - 23:55
Updated : Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 06:42

 

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The theme of home life - the domestic scene - was interpreted by artists from around the country and featured a range of textile works from soft sculpture and 3D weaving to fabric collage and embroideries. The Artists and Their Works: Jane McKeating (Stockport) drew her inspiration from the different patterns, colours and paraphernalia of domestic surroundings and from the relationship between the inhabitant and her living space - formed in…

 

Created : Monday, August 27, 2012 - 23:39
Updated : Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 06:42

 

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