Poetry interlude: Shoddy by Terry Simpson

Another poem from friends at Leeds Survivors Poetry. It’s great how Shoddy has inspired so much creativity. This poem by Terry Simpson echoes some of the issues touched on in this blog, particularly disabled people’s lives during the industrial revolution.   Shoddy   Before there was industry the mad took their chance like everyone else … More Poetry interlude: Shoddy by Terry Simpson

Deconstruct/Reconstruct

I was really pleased to be able to include Hayley Mills-Styles‘ work in the second Shoddy exhibition this month. Beautiful detailed embroidery, drawing on family history and memory, addressing Shoddy themes of history, heritage, disability and re-purposing from a different angle. Here’s Hayley’s statement about her work. Based on my memories of childhood, Deconstruct/Reconstruct is … More Deconstruct/Reconstruct

Story Telling Coat and Shoddy Exhibition — lesleyillingworthafterahandembroiderdegree

Here’s a recent post from her own blog by Lesley Illingworth, the artist who exhibited her Story Telling Coat in Shoddy in both Leeds and Batley. While the Batley exhibition is now over, Lesley’s coat will be having another outing in Leeds this week – at Leeds Centre for Integrated Living‘s summer training fair on … More Story Telling Coat and Shoddy Exhibition — lesleyillingworthafterahandembroiderdegree

Shoddy… and Beyond!

It’s wonderful to see two of the artworks that were created for the Shoddy exhibition featuring in a major arts festival in Leeds. Beyond celebrates the fantastic work of artists, performers and musicians with learning disabilities in Leeds, and the organisations that support them. There’s a huge range of creative arts and activities in the … More Shoddy… and Beyond!

A great day and we’ve learned a lot of things

Taking Shoddy to Batley, widely acknowledged as the birthplace of the shoddy manufacturing process, was a real honour. And the exhibition received a warm welcome there. Batley & Birstall News gave us great coverage a couple of days before we officially opened. And people who’d seen the article came to the exhibition as a result, … More A great day and we’ve learned a lot of things