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Art Installation Uses 20 Kilometres of Yarn

A Huddersfield-based artist has used 20 kilometres of yarn to make her new installation inspired by Huddersfield's textile history.

Helen Williamson has used the yarn to make more than 400 individual squares that represent the stones in one wall of a mill. Each stone is unique, with a mixture of different coloured yarns chosen to capture the shades of Huddersfield’s long-standing and weather worn stone buildings.

Her installation will take up a shop window in the Packhorse centre, and that gave her the inspiration for her work.

“The Packhorse centre is named after a part of the early textile heritage of Huddersfield, and I wanted to make a connection with that in a modern building.” said Helen.

As well as referring to the history of Huddersfield, the exhibition features the sound of looms played using new technology to turn glass windows into loudspeakers, installed by Richard Bates.

Helen and Richard are both members of The Making Space, the volunteer-run co-operative based in Huddersfield town centre in which members share traditional craft and digital technology skills.

The Making Space recently took over 21 Market Place as a new gallery and events space, and Helen’s exhibition is part of the co-operative’s commitment to making more creative activities happen in Huddersfield town centre.

The installation opens with a public launch event inside the Packhorse centre from 4pm-6pm on Friday 4th August, with cups of tea and hand made traditional Greek cakes cooked by another Making Space member, Vasiliki Skepetari, the new owner of Huddersfield’s independent craft shop Carfty Praxis in the Byram Arcade.

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