Textile students with VSM
Exploring machine stitching
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CRAFTSPACE WINS TWO JAGUAR AWARDS FOR ARTS & BUSINESS WITH BUSINESS PARTNER VSM (UK) LTD
The Jaguar awards for Arts & Business, selected by an eminent and independent panel of judges, recognises and celebrates the extraordinary partnerships forged between business and the arts in the West Midlands.
Craftspace and its business partner VSM (UK) Ltd were delighted to be winners in two categories; firstly the Brand Identity Award recognising the best partnership using the arts to improve reputation, raise profile and build brand recognition. Secondly, the Employees award recognising the most successful employee development programme using arts engagement to the benefit of employees.
Work from this project is on show in the Made in the Middle exhibition.
Craftspace is delighted to be working in partnership with VSM (UK) Ltd.,manufacturers of Husqvarna Viking and Pfaff sewing machines.
Using both Husqvarna Viking and Pfaff sewing machines textile artist Karina Thompson lead a residency at Rugby Museum & Art Gallery working with BA students from UCE’s Textile Embroidery course. Karina was supported by textile artist Claire Diamond who is currently based at Wolverhampton University as part of the Craft Council’s Next Move Scheme. The aim of the residency was to challenge the use of sewing machines to both join and embellish surfaces. This involved experimenting with the established “traditional” expectations of the machines and the materials used.
We are very grateful to VSM (UK) Ltd. for their financial support and for the loan of the sewing machines and provision of technical support and materials to enable this exciting project to happen. Also to MADEIRA Threads UK for providing the materials. VSM (UK) Ltd. and Craftspace have received an investment from Arts & Business New Partners to develop their creative partnership. Arts & Business New Partners is funded by Arts Council England and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
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