Picking up the Threads is the name of the Heritage Lottery funded project I have been working on with DIY Theatre Company. We have designed and made a textile wall hanging to go on permanent display at The Angel Centre in Salford where the company are based. We have been working on it since April and it was officially unveiled at a celebration event on 26th November. I am so proud of this project.
The company worked really hard to tell me their stories and we recorded their memories by drawing onto wallpaper lining paper. The long roll became a symbol for time passing and it significantly influenced the linear nature of the final piece. Each person used the knitting machine to knit a coloured stripe to represent them on the timeline and they also printed the background fabric with a circle they had designed representing a cog in a machine (see previous post). I then used their drawings to create embroidered images. We requested comments and stories from people associated with the company, and these were attached to labels designed to represent “audience” by one of the group. We added a line of coloured buttons to represent all the practical people who have been involved over the last 18 years, including care support, artists, administrators and technicians.
I was so pleased when I put it all together as all the separate parts came together perfectly! This is one of the loveliest projects I have worked on.