West of England Festival of Textiles

6th – 28th September 2019
Thursdays to Sundays, 10am – 4pm (except Friday 6th when open 5 – 7pm)
Location: Drawing Projects UK, Bridge House, 10 Stallard Street, Trowbridge, BA14 9AE

Mary Quant, Gor-Ray, Marks & Spencer, Aquascutum, these are just some of the designers and companies using West of England cloth produced in Trowbridge, when the local weaving industry was still running. For the first time Trowbridge Museum’s collection of cloth from the 1940s to the 1970s will be shown together with the stories of the people who designed it at this year’s West of England Festival of Textiles (WEFT).

Over the last couple of years, staff at the museum have uncovered the stories behind this part of the collection, interviewing the designers (or their family), comparing designs with the contemporary fashion, and researching the connections between mills and their clients. From the sample books and lengths of cloth held in the Museum’s collection, there emerges a strong visual story of woollen cloth production and the changing demands of fashion.

To celebrate this rich weaving heritage, we have invited weavers in the west of England to view the collection with the aim of producing new work. The result will be exhibited at WEFT together with cloth from our own collection and the story of the mill’s designers.

As Trowbridge Museum is currently closed for refurbishment, the exhibition will take place in the Drawing Projects UK gallery space at Bridge House, 10 Stallard Street, Trowbridge, BA14 9AE – just next to Trowbridge train station: www.drawingprojects.uk

On the 14th of September you can meet the weavers and watch demonstrations during the Explore Art Trowbridge event, 11am – 2pm. There will also be programme of events. More details to follow.