Sunday, 11 September 2011

New Mills Festival

As part of this years New Mills Festival art students from New Mills School Business and Enterprise College are working with me to 'wrap the railings' down at Torrs Hydro. We will wrap, knot and weave using re-cycled textiles  and over the next week the site will gradually be transformed.

Anyone can join in creating this installation by visiting the Hydro at the following times where I will be on site with everything you need to join in.

Wednesday 14 September 2pm - 6pm
Thursday 15 September 10am - 12pm

The 'railing wrap' forms part of the 'Woolly Wander' trail where artists, local community groups, individual knitters and crafting communities everywhere have collaboratively created the ‘Woolly Wander’: a knitted trail on the streets of New Mills. The whole town is dressed with woollies... look out for the main installation, the car cosy !!

Also on the "Woolly Wander" trail is another collaboration with art students from New Mills High School. The installation is displayed in a tree at the main entrance to the school.

Each pupil was asked to bring in an old item of clothing or fabric to weave into a label to hang outdoors on a tree. The students produced some sophisticated results. The work is not only beautiful but environmentally friendly. Each piece holds a bit of its maker‟s history or a story, name, or sentence in text.  

Pupils looked at the traditions of hanging fabric in trees to make a wish for better health or a 
prayer. Tibetan prayer flags slowly disintegrate and it is believed that the text and prayer 
goes into the universe as it weathers and disappears.

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