I recently spent a day at Sunny Bank Mills near Leeds in preparation for an exhibition that opens later this month. The mill dates from 1829 and was an important part of the huge woollen industry that once dominated this part of Yorkshire. Production continued until 2008, the spaces in the building now used for a variety of new businesses, a gallery and artists' studios.
Material Evidence will feature the work of Clare Lane, Hannah Lamb, Lorna Jewitt and myself. The work is a response to the extensive buildings around the site, some now semi-derelict and the textile processes fundamental to the development of the place.
I am excited to be exhibiting my work in this space, the former Finishing Room. I've been researching and writing about a dye works just over the boundary in my home city, Bradford, for the last two years, partly as I worked towards my Masters degree. The area I researched is lacking in traces of the former dyeing industry - just paths and the edges of the space remain. Exhibiting in this space, where the traces of the industry, the work and labour connected to the building have been so recently in use has been an interesting contrast. I'll be showing 'Dyers' Field', a slow, performative absorption of colour into woollen cloth, alongside some altered fragments of cloth, wood, and plant material. I've also made some smaller stitched pieces of work and these will be for sale.
Material Evidence opens at Sunny Bank Mills, Farsley, Leeds on October 24th and runs until November 29th.
:: Thank you to all of you who commented on my last post, and for the lovely things you said. My six year old kindly assisted in drawing a winner who was Tess Hardy - Tess, contact me by email with your address and I'll put it in the post to you.