Thackray Uncovered

I began working on Thackray Uncovered in January, researching the collection at the Thackray Medical Museum to produce a collection of textiles. The exhibition closed on Friday 30 June and in case you didn’t get too see it I thought I would share some images and thoughts about the project.

Mass X-ray: An Archive
Mass X-ray: An Archive

My collection of work, Mass X-ray: An Archive was inspired by a projector for Mass X-ray from the 1950s. I was inspired by my love of vintage photographic equipment and my own experiences of X-rays from medical problems.

The vintage textiles in the exhibition were from my own collection which dates back to the 1940s and 1950s when Mass X-ray was introduced. They also hold some personal significance as they belonged to my grandparents and great grandparents.

Detail Showing Vintage Fabrics
Detail Showing Vintage Fabrics

I always try to include a personal narrative in my work so I chose to include X-rays that related to my own medical tests. Chest X-rays from my recent pneumonia tests and hand X-rays from my broken Scaphoid.

Hand X-ray Detail
Hand X-ray Detail
Chest X-ray Detail
Chest X-ray Detail

I really enjoyed the project, exploring the archive and library at the museum was a fantastic experience that I would love to take forward into my practice. I would also like to say a huge thank you to all the staff at the museum, they have been a great team to work with.

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