A new exhibition from Charnwood Arts and Loughborough University comes to two Loughborough venues in the coming weeks
Called Re-Making History, this is the fourth project that Charnwood Arts has run with Loughborough University’s School of the Arts English and Drama.
The resulting exhibition features contemporary textiles design inspired by the industrial and social history of the Loughborough area.
This year the first year textiles students were given a brief to explore Loughborough and the surrounding area, seeking out its rich heritage in UK textile production along with other industries such as bell founding and transport.
They also examined the compelling social history, which has shaped over time and in response to key periods and movements such as the Industrial Revolution and migration in the mid 20th Century. Footprints of its history remain today in its archives, museums, parks, libraries, architecture, transport links, people and communities and more.
The students were encouraged to tap into local resources and explore an aspect of Loughborough’s local history to inspire a contemporary, innovative textile collection. Historical themes were merged with contemporary textile design to develop an individual response to their chosen subject matter.
More specifically they were asked to explore the links between drawing and stitch, demonstrating this through drawing, mark-making, colour, shape, pattern surface and experimental investigation with materials. The final designs are the conclusion of this creative exploration.
Around 90 students undertook the project and 31 were selected for the exhibitions. The work on display includes pages from the students sketch books and final samples.
The exhibition can be seen over two venues in Loughborough:
The first runs at Charnwood Museum, Granby Street, Loughborough from 16th April – 10th June
The second can be seen at the Martin Hall Gallery, Loughborough University: 25th April – 23rd May