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Artist call out - Material Flow

Wool & Water Festival, 2019

Exhibition at the Main Gallery, Museum in the Park, Stroud

Exhibition dates: 31st August - 22nd September 2019

Application due date: 30th June 2019

Curator: Patricia Brien

This year we are looking for works of individual interpretation and creative engagement with one or more selected artefacts (see below) responsive to the broader historical, cultural, natural or industrial backgrounds. Some suggested guidance points & ideas are listed with the artefacts but are not prescriptive. There are many factors that made this renowned woollen material possible and artists are invited to consider those wider issues. We are looking for an imaginative range of interpretations – the artist’s view.

The work will be of interest to general audiences at the Material Flow exhibition and related Wool & Water Festival events.

Artists may respond in a variety of artistic media – 2D and 3D formats including textile art, painting, illustration, photography, installation, or moving image. DEADLINE 30th June

[In addition, Hawkwood College are making available a funded five-day full board artist residency at their venue set in the Cotswolds. There are 2 residencies available for submitting artists who can apply through the Wool and Water Festival website and the successful applicants will be chosen irrespective of whether their work is chosen for the exhibition.]

Artists are invited to upload up to 3 images for selection for a fixed admin fee towards marketing costs, payable to the Stroud Textile Trust charity, of £10. Please see artists submissions on www.woolandwater.org 

Enquiries: patricia.brien16@bathspa.ac.uk


THE ARCHIVE PIECES

Water & hydropower

Medieval mill paddles

Workers & the working life

Artisans and Guilds

Small-scale industries

Seasonal rhythms

Life along the canals and rivers


Textile and trade routes

‘Stroud Samples’ - markers of quality

The broadcloths - adopted as ‘wearing blankets’ by the indigenous peoples of North America

[Further reading: Willmott, C (2005) ‘From Stroud to Strouds: The Hidden History of a British Fur Trade Textile’ in Textile History, 36:2, pp 196-234]

Shifting industry - from Stroud to Yorkshire.

Dyeing processes - plants, insects, industry secrets


iii. Living Landscapes

Architecture

Agricultural practices

Cloth industry, trade & capital

Stroud Valley waterways

Colours & Landscape

Culture & community


iv. Human-Animal relations

The ‘Prize’ sheep painting trend

[The Sheep painting dated to c1800 and is one of two, the second was painted by Thomas Holm but this one on display in the Museum in the Park is not signed. The museum has no history of either of them, but portraits of this type usually depicted a ‘prize’ animal. Reading on this intriguing historical trend here: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/britain-cows-pig-sheep-paintings-livestock

Sheep & wool and transformative economic prosperity

Sheep husbandry practices

Environment / ethics (contemporary considerations)


v. Redcoat Military uniform

Scarlet cloth produced in Stroud Valleys over many centuries.

Redcoat military uniform

Masculine tailoring techniques

Empire / Colonialism

Dress code and indigenous ‘Jacket wearing’ in the colonies

[Further reading on first contact indigenous aboriginal warrior ‘Jacket wearing’:

Karskens, G. (2011). Red coat, blue jacket, black skin: Aboriginal men and clothing in early New South Wales. Aboriginal History,35, 1-36. ]

Water mill paddles © Museum in the Park, Stroud.

Water mill paddles © Museum in the Park, Stroud.

‘Stroud Samples’ Kindly reproduced with permission by Hudson’s Bay Company Archives | Archives of Manitoba

‘Stroud Samples’ Kindly reproduced with permission by Hudson’s Bay Company Archives | Archives of Manitoba

View of Wallbridge c.1785 © Museum in the Park, Stroud. Artist unknown.

View of Wallbridge c.1785 © Museum in the Park, Stroud. Artist unknown.

A sheep and its owner, c 1800. © Museum in the Park, Stroud. Artist unknown.

A sheep and its owner, c 1800. © Museum in the Park, Stroud. Artist unknown.

Red military jacket © Museum in the Park, Stroud.

Red military jacket © Museum in the Park, Stroud.


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