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Talk: Ripping Yarns with Alistair Macdonald

June 14, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Ripping Yarns is a series of short films from the Kirklees textile trade by Alistair I Macdonald which explore the innovative businesses in Kirklees who are pioneering practices such as recycling unwanted clothes in order to generate electricity, using digital technology to push the boundaries of textile design and recycling denim to soundproof cars.

Join Chris Squire from Impossible Arts as he talks to the Director of Ripping Yarns, Alistair Macdonald and special guests about making the films.

Free, to book click here.

Director: Alistair Macdonald 2019
Commissioned by: Woven In Kirklees festival, Produced by: Creative Scene

Showing alongside Ripping Yarns is a selection of excerpts that explore the rich textiles heritage of Kirklees with contemporary and archive footage. Drop in to Temporary Contemporary in Queensgate Market during the festival, the films will be shown in the Market Demo Zone, Monday 10 – Saturday 15 June, 11am-4pm, free.

Total running time approx, 1 hour.  Footage includes:

A new life in Huddersfield (2018, excerpt)
Archive footage illustrate the oral histories of people who migrated from the Indian subcontinent to Huddersfield – talking about their first impressions, finding employment in the textile industry, and race relationship challenges. Director  Mandeep Samra.

The Mill Next Door (2012)
Artist Sylvi Gibbs is a neighbour of the former Schofield and Smith’s worsted mill in Slaithwaite, which burnt down one night. Sylvi salvaged advertising material and sample fabrics from the clearance operation, and tells the story of the firm and how she uses that material to create new artworks. Director  Chris Squire.

Richard Pool : Wild About Wool (2012)
Richard Poole, Director of the British Wool Marketing Board explains the workings of the quality textile operations occurring locally, creating some of the finest wool cloth in the world. Director  Chris Squire.

The Mill (2017)
A short film about Calderdale Carpets, a traditional woollen carpet mill in Dewsbury. This thriving family-run business is one of a handful of UK specialists making high-quality hand crafted Axminster carpets. Director  Alistair Macdonald.

The Yorkshire Textile Industry (c.1990, excerpt)
Lovingly made in the early nineties by a local enthusiast, looking at the history and developments of textile production with examples from the Holme and Colne valleys. Director  G W Jones. 

We of the West Riding (1945, excerpt)
A vivid presentation of life, work and recreation in the West Riding of Yorkshire in the 40’s. When members of the extensive Sykes family aren’t busting a gut in Archibald’s textile mill, they’re cycling across a moor and performing Handel’s Messiah with the Huddersfield Choral Society and Holme Valley Male Choir. Full of visual flair and with a gift for storytelling, an absorbing account of the experiences of a ‘typical’ Yorkshire family. Director Ken Annakin.

Mill Workers Leaving Oldroyd & Sons Mill, Dewsbury (1900)
Workers of all ages depart Oldroyd’s wool mill in Dewsbury – where the filmmakers’ camera is a subject of curiosity. Director unknown. 



June 14, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Temporary Contemporary
Queensgate Market, 1-6 Princess St
Huddersfield, HD1 2UJ United Kingdom
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