Mapping the Interface between Two Contrasting Identities
We have been treated to a fascinating talk by Val Jackson, one of our members who has just completed an MA in Textiles at MMU. Val's area of study was based on her Mother and her two contrasting identities she had as a member of the WAF and then that of a 'typical' wife/mother during the 1950's. Supported with boxes of artefacts her Mother had carefully stored, Val had plenty to refer to, including her trousseau!
During the two years Val used the Irish machine, multi head and digital printing and was able to extend her skills. She created banners and lengths of fabric, learnt pattern cutting and styled garments from the time. Detailed journals and sketchbooks gave a wonderful insight into her thought processes and hinted at the heavy demands of an MA.
We all thoroughly enjoyed the talk and eagerly wait to see what comes next in Val's work. Congratulations on the achievement and thank you Val.