Thursday, September 20, 2012

new project


Dyer's recipe book, 1830s, West Yorkshire.

September is passing by in a blur. I'm getting to grips with a new project at work, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, that will run for the next two years. It will explore individual and community connections with the local textile industry here in Bradford - once 'wool capital of the world'. There will be a focus on the dyeing industry, prior to, and during the industrial revolution. We're creating a community dye garden, and looking at local heritage using hands-on textile-based activities. 


Sample book, 1860s, West Yorkshire.

There is much to research and many connections to be made. I'm very grateful for this opportunity. I'll be writing a project blog and will post a link to it here, for anyone who is interested in following our progress.

Photos taken with permission of Bankfield Museum, Halifax.

13 comments:

  1. sounds fantastic! good luck

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  2. souds really interesting - does this mean you wont have time for any workshops now? regards suprint

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    1. I'll be sorting out some dates soon Sue. Will post here when I do.

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  3. Does sound fascinating! Must get to visit the museum!

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  4. How wonderful to get your mits on those dye journals, I will be sure to follow your project, it looks absolutely fascinating!

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  5. What an amazing job you have and what an amazing project. Researching for it will be so interesting. Looking forward to seeing how the project develops.
    best, nadia

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  6. Thanks for all the positive comments everyone.

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  7. Congratulations for the interesting project!

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  8. this is exciting...and i will keep coming back for more...you fell off my radar (which happens far too easily for me) and i'm excited!

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  9. Wow... Claire this is so exciting. What sort of plants are you going tobe planting in the "dyeing" garden? i am just trying to work out what to part in the area outside my studio. Are you down in London anytime soon? Would be great to meet yp again and chat about dyeing! lyndax

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    1. Hi Lynda - good to hear from you. No plans for a London visit at the moment, but always open to persuasion:)Hope your studio is doing well. We're going to grow lots of things. All the usuals and beg and borrow local plants too. Should be good.

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  10. arrgh! how did i miss this until now? this is great and i will try to keep my brains and follow your progress.

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