Caitlin Hinshelwood is a London based artist and textile designer interested in the narrative possibilities of textiles; how textiles can be used to communicate and how they can act as repositories of personal or social history.
Her exhibition 'Kissing the Shuttle' presents large-scale textile banners created in response to research from the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, the Working Class Movement Library, Salford and the People’s History Museum, Manchester.
Find out more about the exhibition from the artist herself in this one-off discussion. In this free event, Caitlin Hinshelwood will be in conversation with Desdemona McCannon.
Desdemona McCannon is a writer, illustrator and academic based in the North West of England. She is currently a Senior Lecturer at Manchester School of Art, MMU. She is interested in broadside ballads and street literature and has spoken at the ‘Broadsides Day’ at CSH about contemporary versions of these, and has collaborated with the poet Eleanor Rees and singers Emily Portman and Jennifer Reid on print based projects. She has organised several conferences and exhibitions on the subject of folk art and its relation to contemporary creative practice and 20th century modernism, working with the ethnographic museum in Krakow, Compton Verney and the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic among others. She edits The Journal of Illustration, issue one was devoted to ‘the Function of Folk’. Her zine ‘The Ministry of Frogs’ also documents folk-inspired art practice. She is currently writing a book about the ways in which folk art is imagined and re-purposed within contemporary art practice for IB Tauris. She runs the family orientated ‘Ashridge Field School’ each summer in a barn in Devon which encourages skill sharing and intergenerational studio culture.
You can see the exhibition 'Kissing the Shuttle' at any time when Cecil Sharp House is open: usually 9am-11pm, seven days a week, until 28 January 2018.