Welfare Imaginaries

I was pleased to have been invited to speak at the Welfare Imaginaries first seminar in a series last month. It’s great that the organisers knew about Shoddy and wanted to include a disability narrative in this project, which examines how ideas of welfare state have been constructed over time. Here are the notes of … More Welfare Imaginaries

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

National coverage for Shoddy: today’s Observer

A great story in today’s Observer – in the main paper (page 15 if you’ve got the actual newspaper copy) by Frances Ryan, who quickly picked up the story of Shoddy via Twitter. You can read the article, Disabled artists use their skills to highlight ‘shoddy and cruel’ treatment over benefits, here.   And I … More National coverage for Shoddy: today’s Observer

Fools in High Places

This week I’ll be sharing some writing and opinions from disabled people who’ve contacted or been contacted by Shoddy. While not part of the exhibition, their words and concerns are worth sharing as part of this project, particularly in this budget week, to show what austerity means in practice. See also Steve Groves’ comments under … More Fools in High Places

Figures: a mass-sculptural performance to make visible the human cost of austerity

Artist and activist Liz Crow has made powerful work throughout her career. She describes Figures as a political work, it tackles political issues and disability issues. As a disabled person, Liz knows the impact of austerity and carried out this huge project to reveal its human cost, invite strong connections with difficult facts, and encourage … More Figures: a mass-sculptural performance to make visible the human cost of austerity

Beyond Shoddy – this is downright cruel

One of the themes of this project is the shoddy treatment of disabled people by the current government. Disabled people are currently experiencing a relentless and multi-pronged attack as the tory government destroys systems, facilities and services that enable people to live independently, with dignity and in safety. Disabled people are fighting back. Disabled People Against … More Beyond Shoddy – this is downright cruel

Themes of Shoddy

Shoddy has many meanings and resonances, and this project and blog will cover the following themes: • Shoddy, the material, shoddy industry in Leeds/West Yorkshire, woollen industry. Local history, heritage. Production and use of shoddy fabric e.g. military uniforms. WW1. Local museums and mills: Armley Mills, Sunny Bank Mills, Royal Armouries. Mill work, wool, felt. … More Themes of Shoddy