Jennifer Collier in her studio
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A Making Moves Project
Jubilee Pool is situated in Newcastle town centre. The building retains its traditional charm while offering up to date facilities.
Based in Stafford, in Staffordshire, Jennifer Collier creates innovative textiles and craft pieces using natural and found materials: Jennifer spent six weeks working closely with Jubilee Baths to create new work inspired by the Leisure Centre.
Jennifer created the work through a programme of activities and workshops aimed at the users of the Baths and new audiences. The activities took place at Jubilee Baths and Newcastle Museum and Art Gallery.
Artist Jennifer Collier created a mixed media piece depicting the history of the pool, which marked its centenary last year. The work is on show in the pool’s viewing area.
The piece includes items such as tea bags, candle wax and lace and features archive photos and newspaper clippings of the pool which have been printed onto fabric.
Jennifer consulted with staff and visitors about their memories of the baths and used ideas put forward by children and adults at workshops held at Newcastle Museum and Art Gallery.
Working alongside Jennifer was the graduate Sarah Bradshaw from Newcastle-under-Lyme. For her own work Sarah creates mechanical tools around the theme of eating.
'Through methods of weaving, waxing, trapping, embedding and stitching I create unusual materials, which are then developed into garments and accessories. I often utilise plastics, papers and fabrics into my pieces. The works have the power to communicate ideas about recycling, as well as themes exploring the body.'
Jennifer Collier and Sarah Bradshaw.
Developing people, ideas and opportunities through contemporary craft.