This exhibition by Caitlin Hinshelwood presents large-scale textile banners created in response to research from the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, the Working Class Movement Library, Salford and the People’s History Museum, Manchester.
The work explores qualities of protest and resistance inherent in industrial and working song and union and protest banners. It draws on the folk practices, forms of communication and community identity and camaraderie that were intrinsically tied to work and the workplace; taking into account the creative role of women in song and folklore practices.
Imagery touches upon the use of gestures, signs, symbolism, speech ways, and customs performed primarily in the textile trades and industries of the North of England and Northern Ireland alongside folk traditions that came directly from the mills or were closely connected to those communities.
The banners are intricately screen-printed on silk using embellishments of rosettes, ribbons, ruffles and fringing, adopting the visual language and craftsmanship of historic banners and associated folk costumes.
Caitlin Hinshelwood is a London based artist and textile designer interested in the narrative possibilities of textiles; how textiles can be used to communicate and how they can act as repositories of personal or social history.