Silk past puts Macc Town fans on home ground with ex­hi­bi­tion

Macclesfield Express - - TOWN CENTRE SPECIAL REPORT -

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town sup­port­ers will be work­ing with an artist to cre­ate new one-off ‘sou­venirs’ inspired by the town’s silk in­dus­try.

Home Ground cel­e­brates the cul­tural her­itage of football clubs with nick­names inspired by the lo­cal craft in­dus­tries that have shaped their com­mu­ni­ties.

Dur­ing the pro­ject artists and crafts peo­ple will ex­plore with football sup­port­ers how crafts can be used to cre­ate ‘a sense of iden­tity and place’.

In Mac­cles­field, artist Zoe Hillyard will be work­ing with football sup­port­ers and com­mu­nity groups to cre­ate one-off sou­venirs re­flect­ing the silk in­dus­try which gives the town’s football club its nick­name – The Silk­men.

The groups will seek in­spi­ra­tion from col­lec­tions of lo­cal silk with vis­its to the Silk Mu­seum and Adam­ley Tex­tiles, be­fore work­ing with Zoe to cre­ate patch­works from silk and ce­ram­ics.

Based on a tech­nique that Zoe has de­vel­oped, football sup­port­ers will work with the artist us­ing an ar­ray of printed silks.

The silks will be stitched to join ce­ramic frag­ments, cre­at­ing new pieces of craft.

Devon Guild of Crafts­men Di­rec­tor Erica Steer said: “We’re re­ally ex­cited about this pro­ject.

“It gives us an op­por­tu­nity to cap­ture peo­ple’s in­ter­est in craft through another pas­sion – football.

“Peo­ple in each of the six lo­ca­tions will be able to work with craft tech­niques based in their lo­cal her­itage to cre­ate new sou­venirs linked to their football clubs.”

Artist Zoe Hillyard said: “For Home Ground, our in­dus­try part­ner, Adam­ley, has given us a won­der­ful ar­ray of printed silks.

“I will be us­ing these, with the groups, to de­velop silk sou­venirs that celebrate the ex­pe­ri­ence of liv­ing in Mac­cles­field and sup­port­ing the Silk­men.

“I in­tend that some of the ideas and im­agery de­vel­oped dur­ing these work­shops will also feed into the artist’s com­mis­sion part of the pro­ject, where I plan to con­struct a ce­ramic patch­work tro­phy in hon­our of the Silk­men.”

On Fri­day 19 June the pro­ject’s Mac­cles­field launch will take place at the town’s Silk Mu­seum on Park Lane.

The Home Ground Ex­hi­bi­tion will be at the Mu­seum un­til Satur­day, Septem­ber 5, show­cas­ing the work of con­tem­po­rary craft prac­ti­tion­ers who use lo­cally dis­tinct and sourced ma­te­ri­als to pro­duce work that re­flects the her­itage and cul­ture of places across the coun­try.

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