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Call for Cloth Jamboree
- 10 August 2016
Join us for a hands-on, art making, storytelling, chin wagging afternoon. Take part in the making of a new artwork for Call for Cloth. Bring your Cloth Story along to be added to the artwork.
Artist Lauren Sagar is hosting the Call for Cloth Jamboree on Saturday 20 August from 1pm-4pm at Touchstones Rochdale as part of her work with the Tall Tales touring exhibition.
Call for Cloth takes up its current home at Touchstones Rochdale alongside the Tall Tales exhibition (which runs until 3 September). The Tall Tales exhibition brings together 17 international artists who employ the playful use of storytelling techniques in the making of their work. Artist Lauren Sagar has been working in Rochdale for the duration of the exhibition. Sagar is collecting an archive of stories from the local community to transform into a new body of work, a series of blankets relating to the stories and textiles collected from each of the three touring venues (London, Rochdale and Glasgow).
Whilst based at Touchstones Rochdale Lauren Sagar has been meeting local community groups as well as craft and knitting groups from the Greater Manchester area. By inviting local community groups to pick up on details from personal stories and images of cloth the groups have been able to create a piece of work which will weave into the fabric of the new textile artwork. Lauren is working the general public across the UK and actively looking to hear from those interested in taking part. The community contributions will be transformed into a new textile artwork that will celebrate all those involved.
This event invites people to contribute textile items ranging from clothing, blankets, handbags to hats so they can either be scanned in as a digital photograph or physically donated to the project. At the event Lauren Sagar will also work with people to capture their stories about the textiles they share. All events are FREE – booking is essential ring 01706 924928 to confirm your place!
The final blanket artworks will be displayed as part of the Tall Tales exhibition at Glasgow Women’s Library later this year.
Cloth Stories – Jacqui’s story about her father’s flat cap
A community member Jackie shares a poignant story about her Father:
“My father always wore a ‘Flat Cap’…I think it was a traditional form of headgear for working class men in the early part of the 20th century. My father was an engineer, he worked in a factory that made tractors where he was a centre lathe turner and latterly a trainer of the companies apprentices. He came from a very large family, he was the youngest of 17 brothers and sisters, and all of his brothers, my uncles wore the same style of cap. I have such fond memories of Dads cap….he would come home every night and as he walked through the door would take off his cap and place it on my head……it was still warm from his body heat, and it smelt of his shampoo – Vosene – and engine oil from the factory. To this day I find the smell of engine oil a comfort. It was soft woollen textile, brown and green small tweed checks on a beige background with a quilted silk shiny lining….dulled over time by the various oils that it came in contact with. It was like a huge comfort blanket that made everything in my world well. When the hat was in the house it meant Dad was home and we had love and laughter a plenty and we knew we were safe. The cap became a symbol of security and love. Dad passed away in 2008, he didn’t leave us money but he left us a lifetime of happy memories and he left me his cap.”
The Chandelier of Lost Earings
Following Lauren Sagar’s work with Sharon Campbell on The Chandelier of Lost Earrings, Sagar and Joanna Peace are inviting visitors to bring items of textiles with them to share their own “cloth stories.
Lauren Sagar and Sharon Campbell’s The Chandelier of Lost Earrings (2013), named as the winner in the Best Arts Project category of the 2014 National Lottery Award, tours to Touchstones Rochdale in partnership with Rochdale Central Library. This phenomenal sculpture, made from steel, acrylic, aluminium chain, crystals and lots of earrings, was initiated in 2011 at St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester. The project invited staff to gift single earrings, which had formerly been part of a pair, to the artists. Through word of mouth and a concentrated social media campaign the project expanded, collecting 3500 earrings from individuals over 12 months. Echoing the decorative adornment of the accumulated jewellery, Sagar and Campbell amassed the gifted earrings into an opulent sculptural chandelier. As the project grew earrings began to be gifted alongside written words about the personal significance of the earrings, and from all around the world. The sculpture itself has come to represent many individual stories woven together, and speaks of human emotion, memory, loss, beauty and love.
Touchstones Rochdale is an award winning Arts & Heritage Centre with an art gallery, museum and Local History Centre. It has a regular programme of contemporary visual arts exhibitions.
Address: The Esplanade, Rochdale OL16 1AQ. Admission FREE. Tuesday – Saturday 10am-5pm. Telephone: 01706 924492