Sunny Bank Mills Archive

I’ve been continuing my research in the Archive at Sunny Bank Mills this week, it never feels like work visiting this amazing space. After my sampling sessions in the studio I’ve been focusing on the carbon books which contain copies of letters and orders from the mill.

I first saw these books when Rachel the archivist was sorting through one of the shelves. I was immediately drawn to the transparent pages, red lines and typography. They have also translated really beautifully into designs using the 6D software. The colour layers are easy to breakdown and reveal ghostly images of the text.

Screenshot from 6D
Screenshot from 6D

I spent my session looking back through the books to find standout pieces of text and images that will translate well into stitched pieces.

Blank Text
Blank Text
Twill Numbers Note
Twill Numbers Note
Yours Faithfully Text
Yours Faithfully Text
Stripe Note
Stripe Note

I’m looking forward to getting these converted and working into them with hand stitch. You can see the finished pieces at Saltaire Arts Trail on the 5th, 6th and 7th of May. I’ll be posting my venue as soon as it’s confirmed.

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