SELVEDGE COMES TO PENDLEby Niamh McCooey
Since as far back as the Industrial Revolution, England’s Pennine Lancashire has long been a hotbed of textile history. Its heritage still lives on throughout the area today, and is being celebrated this month with Fabrications; the UK’s first festival that explores this textile industry through the eyes of contemporary artists.
With an arsenal of Britain’s most innovative makers on offer, the festival includes exhibitions, residencies, art installations, performances, workshops, a symposium and the Selvedge Fair in Pendle this Saturday 23rd September. We’re excited to partner up with The Stitch Society, Lilac Pearl Textiles and Dear Emma among others who will be exhibiting their wonderful work at the event -- and now visitors can take advantage of our special offer on tickets by getting two for the price of one with the code SVF17 at the checkout.
Priscilla Jones will be there on the day teaching visitors the art of spoon sculpting at her sold out workshop. Since completing her degree in Embroidery at Manchester Metropolitan University in 1997, Priscilla has been creating stitched mixed media pieces in 2D and 3D. She draws her inspiration from a variety of sources exploring the concept of identity, memory and nostalgia. In her workshop she will explore the possibilities of making spoons from fabric, wire and wax.
The fair itself takes place in the 17th century Park Hill Barn at the Pendle Heritage Centre in the Pendle Forest. This beautiful location forms a part of an ancient textile settlement dating back to the 13th century – one instance of how Lancashire’s rich textile history still lives and breathes in the area today.
The Selvedge Fair in Pendle, 23 September 2017, 11-5pm, Entrance £5
Pendle Heritage Centre, Park Hill, Colne Road, Barrowford, Nr. Burnley, Park Hill, Lancashire, BB9 6JQ