Silk past puts Macc Town fans on home ground with exhibition
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.