Lasting Impressions, 2016 & 2017 by Hannah Lamb & Claire Wellesley-Smith.

A site-specific, performative piece commissioned by Saltaire Inspired for Saltaire Festival.



In May 2016 Hannah Lamb and Claire Wellesley-Smith created a performative and participatory work called Lasting Impressions in the vast space of the spinning room at Salts Mill, West Yorkshire. During the three days of Saltaire Arts Trail they invited visitors to take part in the work by contributing an impression of an item of clothing they were wearing into a small porcelain clay tile. Each participant was also asked to record key information about that item of clothing on a numbered label. In exchange for their contribution participants were offered a small gold or silver stitch in their clothing as a thank you and a marker of taking part. The tiles and the labels grew throughout the weekend into a mass of information and responses. 306 people took part during the weekend.


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Photo: Carolyn Mendelsohn

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Photo: Phil Jackson, Avanti Photo

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For Saltaire Arts Trail 2017 the artists created 'Lasting Impressions: Cloth Taxonomies' as a means to archive the responses from 2016. Again participants were invited to become a part of the performance, taking one of the numbered labels from 2016 and matching it to the corresponding fired porcelain tile. People were invited to select a length of yarn from the collection of natural, man-made and synthetic fibres, cross referencing the information on their allocated label. Each yarn was then woven into the Lasting Impressions archive on one of three table-top weaving looms. The individual entries were separated by a red thread. Throughout the weekend the woven archive grew and people continued to contribute their own textile memories and observations.

 

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With thanks to the following for their help and support with Lasting Impressions:



June Russell & Saltaire Inspired

Zoe & Maggie Silver

Salts Mill

Arts Council England

Amanda Woollard & David Palmer

Jodie Posen & the staff of Bradford School of Art

Hive

Phil Jackson (Avanti Photo)

Carolyn Mendelsohn

Dr Chrissie Freeth

John Stainton



A book documenting the project is now available.

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