Activity: Talk or presentation types › Oral presentation
This work celebrates the heritage of textile design education in the Kirklees region and uses the practice of woven textile design as a vehicle to continue the evolution of this discipline. This work will investigate the potential to take design practice out of the classroom and into the landscape, a landscape that looms large and runs through the very DNA of the local population. The conversation between the grit and bogs of the Pennines and the feet that walk upon it, is long established and continues to be an important influence on the cloth produced in the area. Using techniques derived from the geotextiles that protect this important moorland habitat, the leno method of weaving has been selected as the perfect vehicle to illustrate a weaver’s topographical exploration of these routes. Repetitive yet varied movement akin to the throw of the weft across a loom, focuses the mind and asks one to consider the path across the terrain before mapping these routes through the medium of cloth. This work explores the deep links textiles have with specific places, and considers place-based design and its role in the future of this region.