As all my family were elsewhere employed I went to Bankfield on my birthday to see what was on, and had an illuminating hour. At the back of my head was the task to source an object that I can look at for my context work and address it viewed and written about in a wide array of ways. I have been contemplating costume (after exploring the V&A and the 18th century riding jacket), so looking at Bankfield an archetypal museum of the old school seemed to hold much potential. Considering that in the view of the store there is a Victorian blue and white flowered toilet basin, collections of irons alongside a 1950's fish & chip shop counter and numerous other miscellaneous items, objects to create your own narrative with as they have no labels.
The small children museum room shows historically the movement of childhood, yet take items out and put them on their own in a white room or next to a vacant bed in a more fine art context and the narrative changes. The new room where the beautiful embroidered textiles were is now a story of the Ackroyd family and their worsted mill, which was fascinating and I learnt so much, again one sees that if the objects are given another narrative we see them very differently and how we empower the curator, accepting that objects are authentic. The curator creates their take on the story with the objects chosen.
|worsted sample book|
|Plate from workers' canteen|
There were three pieces by Sandra Meech whom I had attended a workshop with 3 years ago on the use of colour and transfer printing. The quilts that sung the loudest were the ones with minimal pattern like strong expressionist paintings. It was also lovely to see a piece by a quilter that I admired in the Victoria and Albert Museum whose name has now been removed from my brain and even a voracious search on their web site hasn't found her!! There is a really good blog by the curator of Quilts on the web site though. Anyway I put them in for perusal. xx