Unpicking – Rebinding
31 October 2013
10am – 5pm
Archives, books and textiles
Unpicking and rebinding is a one-day, pop-up exhibition by Les Bicknell, NUA Senior Lecturer in Textile Design.
The artworks on display form part of Bicknell’s response to an Arts Council funded project which explores the role of the fold within historical and contemporary textiles and printed material held in heritage collections within the Eastern region.
The pieces on show are made in response to a number of objects held within three archives; The Textile and Costume Collection at Norwich Museum, Museum of East Anglian Life (MEAL) and Suffolk County Council Archive. The new work is shown alongside photographs of some of the many objects that have inspired him.
Bicknell has mapped his exploration through the collection and looks at the opportunities for creative starting points that the objects provide and how connections can be made between the pieces and subsequent artwork. One particular link made is that between the construction of the smock through the process of smocking, and the ploughed land worked by the people who wore the smocks.