A Nottinghamshire artist has found a unique way of remembering those who served, and those who continue to do so.
The Centre for Hidden Histories is one of five World War One Engagement Centres, established by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to engage with and support communities as they seek to commemorate and reflect upon the century-long legacy of the First World War.
Staffed by a consortium of academics from the universities of Nottingham, Derby and Nottingham Trent, the Centre for Hidden Histories has a particular interest in the themes of migration and displacement, the experience of ‘others’ from countries and regions within Europe, Asia and the Commonwealth, the impact and subsequent legacies of the war on diverse communities within Britain, remembrance and commemoration, and identity and faith.
A big thank you to all those that visited Rufford on 5th October 2014 to view the work in progress, there was a fantastic turnout with visitors queuing to search the canvas for their contribution.
Participants are invited to sew the name of their family member who has served or is serving in the armed forces for inclusion on the canvas - Military Boots. Contact Joy here for your postal stitch pack
WORK SELECTED FOR EXHIBITION Reproduced from 5000 used clothing labels the British Longhorn Bull is celebrated for his decorative reputation and ability to win prizes in the show-ring. The 1.3 metre canvas was assembled over an eight month period following a visit to a Leicestershire Longhorn Farm.
Despite winning many prizes including Junior male in 2008 and more recently 1st Senior Bull East of England, his owner describes him as being very quiet with a lovely nature.
You are invited to join us this Saturday 6th between 12.00 and 2.00 for the opening. Visit site for directions
Over the past fifteen years local artist Joy Pitts has gathered 30,000 labels from the neck of used and discarded clothing. The woven labels have been assembled in sculpture and on canvas in images such as a Dairy Cow and Mute Swan, subjects that have been selected because of their practical or aesthetic association with humans. Recently commissioned by Sir Paul Smith for his collection, a print of Red Rabbit and maquettes showing how the work developed will also be exhibited. More information...
Be a part of Military Boots - As the country commemorates the centenary of World War One, artist Joy Pitts invites you to remember those in your family past or present who have served or are serving in The Armed Forces. Joy will provide all the materials for you to hand-sew their name(s) onto a strip of cotton tape which will become part of an art work on canvas depicting a pair of military boots.
During World War One it was common for both men and women to sew; repairing clothing at home and in the trenches, embroidering messages to send to loved ones and sewing bandages. This project recalls these activities and invites you to make your own hand made acknowledgement to those who serve.
To take part request your stitch pack by entering your name and address via the contact page www.joypitts.co.uk/contact.php Your pack will be posted to you and includes a SAE for return to Joy.
The work in progress will be available to view at the preview of the exhibition Future Fields on Sunday 5 Oct 2014, 2-4 pm at Rufford Craft Centre, Rufford Abbey Country Park, near Ollerton, Nottinghamshire. NG22 9DF. www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/ruffordcraftcentre
This project was commissioned by Nottinghamshire County Council.
Part of the World War One Centenary Commemorations across City and County Trent To Trenches www.trent-to-trenches.co.uk