Stockport Central Library commissioned ARC Centre to produce artwork co-designed and made by Stockport residents and myself.
The project brings together iconic Stockport architecture from Wellington Road South and the original library architectural plans. It celebrates the wealth of information, materials and resources available in the library.
During the design process, photographs of buildings from Wellington Road South and original architectural plans of the library were sourced from the heritage library. Family and adult workshops took place to encourage Stockport residents to participate in the design process. During these workshops, participants chose their favourite books to be photocopied. They then made collages with them onto a background of the architectural plans of the three floors of the library and colouring sheets of buildings were also completed in a range of colours.
After the workshops, these ideas were then collated to represent individual contributions and to present the variety of ideas. Final designs were developed through the use of Photoshop and then digitally printed onto organic cotton to reflect the heritage of the Stockport textile industry.
Enthusiastic participants attended workshops at ARC Centre to develop the digital prints with appliqué, hand and machine embroidery. Workshops were on a drop in basis and participants contributed as much time as they wished of the course of three days.
For this years exhibition with SAC32 at Stretford Public Hall I created some new work based on the hall itself. I photographed small sections of detail around the hall showing some of the original features and renovation work. The printed photographs were folded and stitched with some sections that were revealed and others that were hidden.
I'm delighted to be asked to collaborate with Arc Centre to work with the Stockport community to produce large textile pieces for Stockport Central Library. The pieces will be permanently displayed in the newly renovated entrance and will be a combination of digital print, applique and embroidery.
Draw, collage, tear, staple, join, tape, stick, paint, text, numbers, layer, stitch, applique, machine embroider.