Crafts for Silk­men


YOUNG­STERS at Ash Grove Chil­dren’s Cen­tre are tak­ing part in a na­tion­wide craft pro­ject cel­e­brat­ing the cul­tural her­itage of football clubs.

The Home Ground pro­ject fo­cuses on clubs whose nick­names orig­i­nated from a lo­cal craft trade which shaped the com­mu­nity.

The chil­dren are among com­mu­nity groups and football sup­port­ers who will work with artist Zoe Hillyard to cre­ate new one-off sou­venirs for Mac­cles­field’s own Silk­men, the name inspired by the town’s silk in­dus­try.

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 dec­o­rated silk cov­ered but­tons and silk football shirts.

Zoe said: “For Home Ground, our in­dus­try part­ner Adam­ley has given us a won­der­ful ar­ray of printed silks which I will use with the groups to de­velop silk sou­venirs that celebrate the ex­pe­ri­ence of liv­ing in Mac­cles­field and sup­port­ing the Silk­men.”

She added that she also plans to con­struct a ce­ramic patch­work tro­phy in hon­our of the Mac­cles­field Town men.

Home Ground is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Devon Guild of Crafts­men and six clubs across the Premier League, Football League and Football Con­fer­ence or Na­tional League.

Dur­ing the pro­ject artists and crafts­peo­ple will ex­plore how crafts can be used to cre­ate a sense of iden­tity and place.

Devon Guild of Crafts­men di­rec­tor Erica Steer said: “We’re re­ally ex­cited about this pro­ject as it gives us an op­por­tu­nity to cap­ture peo­ple’s in­ter­est in craft through another pas­sion – football.”

The Home Ground ex­hi­bi­tion will be at the Silk Mu­seum un­til Satur­day Septem­ber 5, show­cas­ing the work of craft prac­ti­tion­ers us­ing lo­cally sourced ma­te­ri­als to re­flect the her­itage and cul­ture of places across the coun­try.

Zoe Hillyard will work with sup­port­ers’ groups dur­ing Au­gust on pieces for an ex­hi­bi­tion, Sou­venirs From Home, which will tour the six par­tic­i­pat­ing football clubs from next year. Other clubs tak­ing part are Sheffield United – The Blades, Stoke City – The Pot­ters, Wal­sall Town – The Sad­dlers, Lu­ton Town – The Hat­ters and Crys­tal Palace – The Glaziers.

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Pic­tures: Caro­line Bond

●● Artist Zoe Hillyard with Lilly May Lewis, Dar­ren Bay­ley and Joshua Lewis and their art­work

●● Sid­dharthan Kathi­ra­van Aruna craft­ing for the Silk­men

●● Blue is the colour for Zoe Hillyard and Dar­ren Bay­ley at Ash Grove Chil­dren’s Cen­tre

●● Lilly May Lewis mak­ing sou­venirs for the Silk­men

●● Luke Mot­tran con­cen­trat­ing on his art­work

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