'offcut-cord' by Anna Ray, hanging in the Tapesize at Queen Street Mill
The Offcut series was inspired by my visits to the Forbo Flooring carpet tile factory in Bamber Bridge. The work has been created with Aquafil synthetic yarn from Italy, and repurposed tufted carpet top cloth from the sampling process at the Forbo factory. At Queen Street Mill the pieces are seen in a textile heritage context, but also within a space that has striking and unique visual qualities. The light in parts of the mill is interrupted by elements from the weaving process, stored high above the ground on wooden beams. Hundreds of spare healds, with their trailing threads, are stacked together, creating a dense and slatted texture that patterns and partitions the ceiling spaces. The artwork is placed within the existing textural landscape of the mill; drawing parallels with the taught threads of the working hand looms, the repetitious forms of spools and cones of yarn which are dotted about the space, and the miraculous pattern formations of woven cloth.
'offcut-cord' by Anna Ray, in the Tapesize at Queen Street Mill
'offcut-tuft' by Anna Ray, in the Tapesize at Queen Street Mill
'offcut-ends' by Anna Ray, in the Exhibition Space at Queen Street Mill
I will be taking visitors on a tour of the artwork in the mill on Thursday 17th October from 1.30pm and 2.45pm, please join us there. This will also be an opportunity to experience site specific artwork by Daksha Patel, Raisa Kabir and Heirloom.
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