Join us for a special private view of Crafted Futures at Leeds Industrial Museum, Armley Mills on Thursday 13th October from 6 – 7 pm and meet the artist Elizabeth Gaston. Speeches 6.15 pm.
This work is a response to William Gott’s 1815 Dyehouse Pattern Book which can currently be seen in the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery at the University of Leeds.
Colour is an important part of the work, but mixing colour in yarn is very different then mixing colour in pigment and this work explores the theories of colour contrast, assimilation and optical mixing along with the use of varying stitch size and density to create a wide gamut of colour from a limited palette of threads.
The form used in the work is directly influenced by the page layout in Gott’s pattern book. Technology allows us to see thumbnail images of the pages simultaneously in a way that would have been unimaginable to Gott and this is echoed in the layering of forms in the embroidery pieces. This work is produced using woollen fabric from A. W. Hainsworth based in Pudsey, who have been manufacturing since 1783, reflecting the heritage of Yorkshire Textiles.
The texture and three-dimensionality of the original pattern book is reflected in the knitted panels which employ complex shaping with the addition of colour through stitch.
The second stage of the project includes a collaboration with technologist Muriel Rigout, who has used some of Gott’s original recipes to create digital printing inks. In this work colour manipulation is through print and stitch.
The work is commplemented by Linda France’s poetic response to Gott’s pattern book