Two beautiful Panels from the Irwell Tapestry
The eagerly anticipated unveiling of the Irwell Tapestry has taken place at Globe Arts Studios, Toll Bar, Stacksteads over the weekend of the Rossendale Art Trail and has exceeded all expectations. The brief was set by the THI Communications and Training Sub Group as a project that engaged the Bacup Community in developing a textile that draws on traditional sewing, printing and embroidery skills to reflect personal memories and history of life along the river Irwell from Weir through Bacup to Stacksteads. Adults, children, artisans and crafters all got involved in applying their skills in interpreting the history, heritage, local folklore and popular characters from a personal perspective. Many sections of the Tapestry have been worked on by community members who have acquired new skills directly through the project.
Ruth Evans was the Project leader and inspiration behind the Irwell Tapestry and was instrumental in delivering this amazing work of art, crafts and skills, and truly reflect The history, heritage and above all its unique character of the area. The THI Communications and Training sub group see the Tapestry as a fitting legacy of the THI project, and is determined that the Tapestry is seen by as many people as possible and used to attract interest in Weir, Bacup and Stacksteads as a preferred tourist destination. A permanent site is to be found for the Tapestry, and consideration is being given to touring the Tapestry both within and beyond Rossendale.