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Fables brought to life in new exhibition

10 May 2013

Rachel Atkinson

Textiles students have merged the past with the future

The second year textiles students with their creation from l-r: Ann-Marie Malaniuk, Heather Caton, Verity Simpson, Hannah Jenkins and Nicola Trueman.

Students at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have unleashed their creativity skills to share legends and fables through textile designs.

The second year BA(Hons) Textiles students have used their imagination to merge the past with the future while investigating the decorative arts of other cultures and the results can be seen in a free exhibition.

Among the work on display in UCLan’s PR1 Gallery is an Alice and Wonderland inspired display, a mountain range creation and a future form of transport spectacular.

The creators of the eight mountains, complete with rain cloud, spent eight weeks and used an array of materials to fashion their mythical dreamworld. Teabags, handmade recyclable paper, recycled fabric, wool and wood were used while chicken wire and sparkly marbles represented the rain and cloud.

“It’s been great to put the skills we’ve learnt into practice for the exhibition.”

Student Ann-Marie Malaniuk said: “We wanted to show there’s no limit to using any fabric. Fables open the mind to the possibilities of anything can happen and we liked the idea of showing what’s possible using so many different materials.”

Seven helium balloons were used by Lauren McFarlane and Katie Rodwell to help create their future forms of transport show. The duo spent hours wrapping the popular fairground toys in string, yarn and paper to form hot air balloons.

Lauren said: “It was really good fun to do although it did take three hours to wrap each balloon. It’s been great to put the skills we’ve learnt into practice for the exhibition.”

“There’s a real quality in the work they’ve produced. Textiles is all about tactility and touch and this exhibition shows you can get that from a wide variety of materials.”

Reclamation yards provided some of the materials for the Alice in Wonderland themed display. Two old wooden doors, a wooden signpost and a spinning wheel were combined with aspects of cross stitching and crocheting to highlight the materials which are from the past and what can be used in the future.

“We’ve experimented with loads of different materials because we wanted to show it’s not all about cushions and curtains,” said Emma Elliott. “It’s all about making people think and hoping they’ll question the myth.”

The exhibition was praised by Senior Lecturer Fiona Candy. She said: “There’s a real quality in the work they’ve produced. Textiles is all about tactility and touch and this exhibition shows you can get that from a wide variety of materials.”

Future Fables is free and open to the public between 10.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday and runs until 24 May.