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EVENT : May 28, 2014 — June 14, 2014.

Through the Eye of a Needle: First World War craft day

IWM North – Manchester Craft & Design Centre (partnership)

First World War Centenary: Reactions14 Events – Craft

Through the Eye of a Needle: First World War craft day

Saturday 14 June, 11am – 4.30pm (all ages) / FREE at IWM 

MCDC have joined forces with IWM North for a unique day of mass crafting this June.

IWM : Get stitching with a full day of activities inspired by craft during the First World War, as part of IWM North’s Reactions14 programme of artistic responses to mark the Centenary.  Meet textile artist Jennifer Vickers and discover the inspiration behind her new quilt installation, specially commissioned and newly on display at IWM North; join in mass participation embroidery with Manchester Craft and Design Centre; take a tour with a textile conservator and discover the craft behind intricate pin cushions made by convalescing soldiers; craft along to authentic tunes from the era with a live soundtrack from Vintage78 DJs or head to the WaterShard Café to enjoy Afternoon Tea for two (£15).

MCDC: Linking contemporary materials and traditional stitch techniques, artists Elizabeth Jane Winstanley and Bella May Leonard will be celebrating the art of communal crafting in the creation of a participatory signature quilt. Visitors to Manchester Craft and Design Centre and IWM will be invited to add their signatures and contribute to the stitching of a unique tactile quilt. Marking the centenary of WW1, the piece will bring together craft themes seen in the current From Street To Trench exhibition at IWM North and demonstrate the continued significance of craft activities in our world today.

Manchester-based Designer Elizabeth Jane Winstanley experiments with alternative media, pushing the boundaries of embroidery.  She creates illusions of line and colour by utilising pattern and light. Elizabeth Jane Winstanley’s solo exhibition Tactile Illusions’ is on display at MCDC until July 5th.

Bella May Leonard uses traditional hand stitch techniques with unexpected, often found materials.  Embellishing surfaces and space, she questions embroidery’s role in our society today. Bella’s work is also on display at MCDC as part of the Future Makers exhibition, until July 5th.

With a special thanks to LaserLea for their high quality digital service: www.laserlea.com and Gemma Latham http://gemmamaylatham.co.uk

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