A trip to Rossendale in Lancashire means many things to me. It’s a place where I feel at ‘Home’. I catch up with my family and now and again I revisit aspects of the industrial heritage and it’s textiles stories that had sparked my love of textiles, many years ago. I remember family tales from the Cotton Mills – of clogs sparking on cobbles, the Mee Mawing Language of Weavers and my great-aunt explaining how she used to thread a shuttle. Helmshore Cotton Mill is one of the last remaining Mills in the Rossendale Valley where you can truly experience the full glory of original machinery in working order.
This video is from a recent visit and shows some beautiful working Carding, Roving & Spinning machines. It’s noisier than you might think!
A little bonus for you are the fabulous Fulling Machines showing how Military Wool Cloth was made.
Autumn is fast approaching and that ‘preparing for winter’ feel has kicked in. I’ve been thinking of indoor textile projects to work on in the studio and I’ve been reviewing some of the footage I took over the wonderful Summer we have had. The Kaffe Fasset and Candace Bahouth exhibition has left me with such wonderful memories. Everytime I think of it, my first thoughts are of the vibrancy of colour, then I think of texture and reflecting light.
Having caught up on a little I.T. housekeeping, I rediscovered some footage that I’ve put together to share with you.
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