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Made in Derbyshire Textile Panels at Chesterfield Library

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 If you’re in Chesterfield why not pop into the library to see the Made in Derbyshire Textile Panels – which are on permanent display, on the main floor of the library near the help desk?

During 2015 members of the Ashbourne, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, and Trent & Erewash Branches of the Embroiderers’ Guild worked with Matt Black, former Derbyshire Poet Laureate, and Paula Moss, Photographer and Digital Artist, to create four stunning textile panels depicting life in all its diversity in Derbyshire.

detail washingThe panels celebrate some of Derbyshire’s most well-known features and explore different ways of thinking about the ideas of difference and diversity.

To find out more about the images and motifs featured on the panels and the techniques used to create them, please click on the Ashbourne, Chesterfield,  Derbyshire, and Trent and Erewash Panel Keys in the related documents section below.

Matt Black celebrated the process of making the panels in his wonderful poem, 'At your discretion'. To read the poem click on 'At your discretion' in the related documents section below.

Matt and Paula also published The Resistance Café: Difference and Diversity in Derbyshire, a pamphlet featuring poems and images inspired by conversations they had with groups and individuals about diversity and difference in Derbyshire. Some of the imagery and ideas from the poems feature in the textile panels. To read the pamphlet click on The Resistance Café: Difference and Diversity in Derbyshire in the related documents section below.

For more information about the project click on Made in Derbyshire Textile Panels in the related documents section below.

Chesterfield marketIf you are interested in joining the Embroiderers’ Guild please visit the website for more details: www.emreg.org.uk

We would like to offer thanks to:

Matt Black and Paula Moss for curating the process of creating the panels along with Pam Keeling from the Embroiderers’ Guild.

Members of the Ashbourne, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, and Trent & Erewash Branches of the Embroiderers’ Guild – for their skill, care and love in creating the panels.

Groups from County Hall who initially explored with Matt and Paula ideas of diversity and difference as part of Lifelines 2012.

The Bemrose School, Derby; Swizzels-Matlow Factory, New Mills; African Caribbean Community Association, Chesterfield; Holocaust Memorial Day 2013, Chesterfield; Bus Park Café, Swadlincote; Clay Cross Food Bank; Bellies Not Bins, Gamesley.

Derbyshire County Council and ‘Made in Derbyshire’ for funding, help and support and special thanks to the Coordinators in each Embroiderers’ Guild Branch.

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