In 2014 I began to collaborate with the Bradford Textile archive. I chose to work with the 1773 Mary Ware notebook, the oldest item in the Archive. Mary Ware was a calico printer in Crayford, Kent. The Wares copperplated printed calico lengths and handkerchiefs, both for the London luxury market. The outcome was my textile piece ‘Nine yards or thereabouts’. This piece is 22cm x 766 cm and incorporates a wide range of images from the notebook, ideas from my wider research and several techniques (hand quilting, dyeing, appliqué, embroidery). The title is based on the 1774 newspaper advertisement offering a reward for the recovery of a stolen length of printed calico marked with Mary Ware’s name.
My second, as yet incomplete, work in this series develops this inspiration further. I have chosen to use the idea of the unique double strike process the Wares created to create a hand stitched textile with a double image.