Textiles and Railways: Re-imagining patterns of textile production and circulation on the railway

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


The presentation is a visual essay which asks how perspectives from artists can inform real-life considerations of sustainability and increasing passenger numbers on trains, and in turn, explore how poetic and esoteric concepts relating to public transport systems can become materialised in contemporary creative practice.

By considering the possibilities of practice-based methods, this research arose from an involvement with archival sources, lived experience and performative and site-responsive interventions on public transport systems. At the same time, close attention was paid to a multiplicity of concerns for artists undertaking creative expression identifiable by its purpose to reimagine patterns of textile production on public transport systems. For example, a black and white photograph of a women knitting on a subway in New York taken by Stanley Kubrick is emblematic, in this regard, alongside interventionist clothing by artist Menja Stevensen, destabilising a muted visual perception of upholstery fabric used on trains. Looking within my own creative practice several artworks have sought to redefine the boundaries of a form of textile art that attends to social and cultural histories of textile production processes that flow along the railway. This visual essay is the next step in this enquiry with a focus on the real and speculative role textiles has to offer local community rail services.
Period23 Apr 2021
Event titleWOVEN in Practice
Event typeConference
LocationHuddersfield, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionLocal