Kicking Up a Dust

There are still a few of the artists from the original Shoddy exhibition in April that I haven’t featured on this blog. In some cases, this was because their work was difficult to represent and do credit to, perhaps because of the media used. Katy White’s audio visual piece in the exhibition, Kicking Up A … More Kicking Up a Dust

Discovering Lorina Bulwer’s workhouse embroideries

The next event organised as part of the Shoddy project is a discussion/workshop that is part of the Love Arts Festival, celebrating creativity and mental health. The workshop, on 20th October, is a chance to think about creativity – particularly needlework – as a form of protest and an outlet for strong emotions. We’ll be … More Discovering Lorina Bulwer’s workhouse embroideries

Preview of Shoddy’s workshop at Love Arts Festival

Catherine Robins, assistant curator at the Thackray Medical Museum, and I held a preview session for the textile group at Leeds Mind of the workshop we’ll be running on 20th October. The workshop is part of the Love Arts Festival, celebrating creativity and mental wellbeing, called Discovering the Workhouse Embroideries of Lorina Bulwer. I came … More Preview of Shoddy’s workshop at Love Arts Festival

Raise your banners

Political banners, with their traditions reaching back through the labour movement, have something in common with the Shoddy exhibition. Being fabric-based is the obvious connection, with a skillful use of embroidery, appliqué and painting to convey a strong message. Banners often carry a message of protest or resistance, but are as often about identity, pride, … More Raise your banners