Andrew Heath writes “In the early summer of this year, I was delighted to be commissioned by the Wool & Water Arts Festival to write a piece of music inspired by the mills and weaving industry that both historically and, to a lesser extent, remains within the beautiful, rural landscape of Stroud and the surrounding areas.
The result is Warp & Weft – part soundscape, part classical music, Warp & Weft draws its musical influence from elements as diverse as Philip Glass and The Art of Noise.
Using recordings of weaving looms and other weaving mill sounds it explores the repetitive, rhythmic qualities of weaving machinery and their syncopated musical structures. Over three distinct sections, it recreates and portrays sonically, a day in the life of a mill worker as they move between very different sound worlds.
Incorporating two amazing musicians, Lydia Kenny on Soprano Saxophone and Angie Spencer on violin the piece stirs from it’s sleeping calm, explodes with the poly-rhythmic energy and dynamism of life in the mills and then finds its peace as it draws to the close of the day.”
There’s something different to see at each site. During the summer you can visit Dunkirk and Gigg on the same day, see dates and times. At Dunkirk you can experience the huge water wheel turning and driving textile machinery, and at Gigg you can see historic looms and try weaving yourself. Click the link for DATES and TIMES
Please note: Disabled parking only on site.
Dunkirk Mill Museum
Dunkirk Mill Museum is part of a large mill complex, reached by an attractive walk down the former railway track, past the restored mill pond. At the Centre, the waterwheel will run and the guides will demonstrate all the intricate machinery that was used to finish the cloth after it left the loom. We have been just been awarded Accredited Museum status from the Arts Council. Look out for new displays and from May 4 –May 20th a pair of Anglo -Saxon waterwheel paddles will be on display. They were found in the Mill pond at Egypt Mill, so almost home! We are very pleased that the Museum in the Park has facilitated the loan. This is the first time they have been on public display. More details >
Gigg Mill, Weaving Shed
Demonstrations of handloom and powerloom weaving and a chance for some hands-on experience.
Weaving demonstration of the dobby loom.
Gigg Mill opens every month except December, usually Saturdays 10am – 12noon, but please check specific dates.
After many decades it has been necessary to replace all the oak cogs on the waterwheel at Dunkirk Mill Museum. Here you can see pictures of the rotten old teeth and the marvellous new set made to measure by Millwright/Carpenter Karl Bettles. The work was funded by Nailsworth Town Council, on whose behalf we operate the Museum, with further grants from both Midland Mills and the Dyers Company to whom we are grateful – and also to Robin Mitchell for guiding us through the process.
Are you aged 13 – 25 and interested in fashion and textiles? The STT is offering a 2-day workshop for young people in full time education.
You will experience: Pattern construction, creative garment design & sewing skills combined with silk screen printing tuition.
Ideal for anyone studying GCSE or A level textiles or those who just like making things!
When – Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th October 2019, 10am – 4 pm
Where – Stroud Valleys Artspace, John street, Stroud GL5 2HA
Cost – £20 All materials are provided. Workshop is supported by the Stroudwater Textile Trust.
The course is designed for students in full time education aged 15+ to teach the technical skill of pattern construction, creative design and manufacturing skills. Tutors are both professionals in their field; bespoke designer Kathryn Clarke and silkscreen printer Liz Lippiatt
Over the weekend you will be shown how to: Screen print your own design onto the fabric for the skirt
Design and construct a pattern for a skirt to fit your figure Stitch a custom made skirt to your own design