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Wonder and Dread

Alke's project  "Wonder and Dread" explores the politics and morality of the textile industry through time, and how this industry affects and connects people across continents. The project, supported by Arts Council England, situates local stories from Bradford's wool industry in a global context, linking its industrial heritage with the present and where our clothes are made now. The project included a solo exhibition at Bradford Industrial Museum (Dec 17 - Nov 18) as well as a site-specific commission for Salts Mill, Saltaire, which is currently on display at Salts Mill's People and Process Gallery.

Each work examines a different episode in the textile industry’s complex history, combining found fabrics with painting, stitch or print. The fabrics for each piece were chosen for their association with the story being told and are used as a canvas, sculptural medium or object in itself.  Using both narrative and more abstract approaches, "Wonder and Dread"  invites us to consider the contradictions and ambiguities of an industry that spans centuries and every part of the globe.  

The project builds on "Tangled Yarns", a solo exhibition commissioned by the William Morris Gallery in 2014/15, which subsequently toured to Cromford Mills and the People's History Museum, Manchester.

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