Artificial Silk represents resilience and space for the imagination.
Filaments of artificial silk made in Lancashire from wood grown in Scandinavia were woven into silk parachute canopies, sanitary pads, clothes for M&S and much more.
For four decades these filaments (also called viscose, or rayon) were sold all over the world, from 1939 when the Courtaulds Preston factory opened, to its closure with the loss of 2,600 jobs. The manufacturing machines were shipped from Preston to India in 1980, extending their life. 80 years after the factory opened, the artificial silk has not lost its strength or vibrancy.
Jean took part in Colours, Community & Chemistry at the People’s History Museum. She contracted Covid-19 and died at the end of 2020.
Read Jean Boyle’s Other lives obituary published in The Guardian on 10th February 2021.
Read Terry Boyle’s Other Lives obituary in The Guardian on 30th August 2021.
Read about the exObjects 2022 collaboration.
Find out more about what Artificial Silk has made to date.
Minds Turn to India
Shy to be photographed and shuftied to the front by his camera-less father, who asked us to take the photograph, the boy in the purple waistcoat appeared less comfortable than the girls. The shiny Elvis trousers and waistcoat selected to be grown in to, the big green hair decoration and yellow flip-flops were radiant against the backdrop of the Jaganmohan garden fountain.
A little further down the Mysuru road, the Wellington Building, home for two years (1799-1801) of the future Duke of Wellington, is now run by the Ministry of Culture’s Indira Ghandi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya.
The curators in this heritage centre have sympathetically housed amazing ironwork, terracotta and basketware to celebrate the bold craft and artistry of many tribes across India.
Further east, in Chennai, books are being digitised by the Madras Literary Society. Their display, and call to adopt a book, stood out in the gardens of Chennai’s Literature Festival.
Digital public art from Invisible Flock forges cultural superhighways.
Engagement with arts and culture through digital technology requires fewer bricks and mortar, where projects such as DUET forge tangible connections between the north of England and India. But the object below in Mysuru’s heritage centre was seen up close, and will not be forgotten.
Find out more about the exObjects 2022 creative collaboration.