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Woven in Film at Temporary Contemporary

June 10, 2019 - June 15, 2019

Woven in Film is a cornucopia of local historic films curated by Chris Squire. The eleven short films from the 1990s to present day, include rare footage of workers leaving a Dewsbury mill at the beginning of the 20th century, a vivid portrait of post-war family life and the forgotten story of Schofield and Smith’s mill in Slaithwaite (and the artist who salvaged material from it after it burned down).

This screening also includes Ripping Yarns by Alistair I Macdonald, a series of short films telling the stories behind the innovative practices of the contemporary textile industry in North Kirklees, Macdonald’s short tales touch upon how local businesses are pioneering new ideas such as recycling denim to soundproof cars, putting carpet designs on the Paris catwalk and using crafts to promote positive mental health. Weaving the films together is footage from a Dewsbury Woollen Mill, revealing the five stages of the creation of a broadloom Axminster carpet.

Drop in to Temporary Contemporary in Queensgate Market during the festival, the films will be shown in the Market Demo Zone from Monday 10 – Saturday 15 June, 11am – 4pm.

Free, drop in. Approximate running time 1hr 10mins.

Ripping Yarns Talk – join Chris Squire from Impossible Arts on Friday 14 June, 6-7.15pm as he talks to the Director of Ripping Yarns, Alistair I Macdonald and special guests about making the films.

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


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. 

Ripping Yarns will also be presented at Holmfirth Film Festival on Sunday 9 June at 4pm.



June 10, 2019
June 15, 2019
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Temporary Contemporary
Queensgate Market, 1-6 Princess St
Huddersfield, HD1 2UJ United Kingdom
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