If walls could talk, the last yarn, 2013
Materials: Thirteen balls of hand spun yarn – remains of dyed/raw unspun alpaca, cotton, and wool fibre found within the walls of the spinning room at Salts Mill, Saltaire.
Collection: On loan to Salts Mill, West Yorkshire.
If walls could talk, The last yarn was developed in response to finding remnants of dyed/raw un-spun alpaca, cotton, and wool fibre within the walls of the former spinning room at Salts Mill, Saltaire. Today, the spinning room is empty and silent, would have been filled with the noise of 120 spinning machines rattling and screeching, deafening the ears, the dust and wool consuming the breath and lungs.
Within the now vast and empty space, the alcoves recessed along the outer walls were it seems, the perfect space for the informal preserving and archiving the past activity of the space. The act of spinning If walls could talk, The last yarn was done in the Windowless spinning shed as a symbolic act of remembrance to the lives and stories of those that worked there from 1853-1986.
Photo: Susan Crowe