Sharing stories through clothing and textiles
Personal objects along with those held in collections and museums have been the catalyst for telling stories of movement, migration, identity and belonging entangled with stories of textile heritage, local and global, histories.
The project combines scholarly research along with community participatory action research and co-production approaches.
We have been collecting personal stories and images of dress and textiles with value and meaning to their owners.
Many of these relate to personal and collective identities, histories, and memories.
We are also interested in these textiles as material objects that themselves move across geopolitical places and as such, we are interested in tracing their journeys — although not necessarily along the same enquiry lines to that of their owners.
Through our call for entries, @patterns_of_migration, we have been collecting personal stories, testimonials and images of dress and textiles objects which have value and meaning to their owners. Many of these relate to personal and collective identities, histories, and memories.
Working with archive and museum collections: we are working with the curators and outreach worker from the Gawthorpe Textile Collection (GTC). Alongside our interest in personal narratives collected on Instagram, we are also interested in how textiles end up in collections, the stories behind these and how they can become re-activated through storytelling as part of collective memory and identity.