Archives for the month of: July, 2013

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Wirksworth Festival 2013

A much smaller model of part of the installation (scanned). Cut from heavier card than the larger maquette and the layers have been guled together, so much more easy to control. I’ll need to photograph it in natural light to understand better how shadows affect the depth of the circles, and how much space is needed between each layer.

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Wirksworth Festival 2013

This is maquette #2 for Tape Measure, my installation for the Wirksworth Festival 2013.

After making it I left the flat and went to Wirksworth to do some field research and to see Airr, the clothes shop on the market place where Tape Measure will be shown in the window. I also went to the Heritage Centre and, armed with information, visited some but not all of the former Tape Mills in the town. Wirksworth was a major centre of tape weaving, including the famous red tape “synonymous with legality and bureaucracy in the complicated world of the British Empire.”(Wirksworth Heritage Centre).

The Mills (that I saw) are Haarlem Mill at Millers Green (established as a cotton mill by Richard Arkwright in 1777), Providence Mill at Gorsey Bank and Willow Bath Mill off Water Lane. At the Derbyshire Record Office in Matlock, a 1976 promotional brochure for Bowmer Bond Narrow Fabrics Ltd. (formed from a merger with John Bowmer and Sons of Wirksworth) contained a descriptive list of their tapes uses:

hospital clothing, surgical dressings and appliances, caps, aprons, bags, disposable clothing, electrical blankets, flags and banners, the car industry, ironing board covers, knitwear, hockey sticks, rosettes, mosquito nets, sleeping bags, legal documents, packaging, carpets, suitcases, parachutes, electrical coils, horse blankets, leather goods, tents, life jacket, toys, saddle bags, blinds, sportswear, flexible doors … and many other products.

Wirksworth also appears as the town Snowfield in George Eliot’s novel Adam Bede (1859). I saw several Adams on my walk around the town. Eliot based characters in her novel on real people in Wirksworth including her aunt and uncle, Elizabeth and Samuel Evans, who managed a silk and velvet mill, now home to the Heritage Centre’s museum.

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Installing ‘Full Employment in a Free Society (1944)’ on last Sunday afternoon in the basement of Strutt’s North Mill Belper.

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The Belper Art Trail 2013 is on from Monday 8 to Sunday 21 July at venues across Belper and more information about the trail and a trail guide, which lists the 17 artists and the venues for their work, is available from Corridor Arts.

Andrew Martyn Sugars (Corridor Arts) who has curated the trail and Sarah Skinner, the Mill manager, were interviewed in last week’s Belper News (3/7/13) about the Art Trail and my imminent arrival! In the article Sarah said, ‘The Strutt Mill complex harnessed the power of the Derwent to produce cotton thread that wound its way across the world so Tim Shore’s work is really appropriate here, referencing as it does weaving, workforce and mechanisation as well as commenting on the austere times we live in today.’

Here’s a link to Strutt’s North Mill Belper and the Belper News article.

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In Cambridge a couple of weeks ago to meet Robert Good and Matthew Wilson (a:l:l organisers) and fellow artists. We talked about our ideas for October and then toured the different venues in Cambridge where work may be sited. It was a great day that generated lots of ideas about the project. Much more information and photographs on the art language location blog.