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.
If you have a story about the textiles trade and manufacturing in Macclesfield visit homegroundcraft.com.
●● 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