LINK project product launch
Today is International Older People’s Day – a great day to share news of a new line of products we are launching in our Gallery of Costume shop this Saturday 3 October, 2-4pm.
The new products include mugs, plates, one-off mounted mono-prints and handmade cards. The series was designed by members of the LINK Good Neighbours scheme in Rusholme and Fallowfield. The primary role of the scheme is to connect with diverse local communities, provide information and promote good health and other related issues.
15 adults took inspiration from the collection at Gallery of Costume to create a unique and useful range. Wedding dresses made from parachute silk, ornate 18th century waistcoats and 1960s platforms were just some of the objects selected by the group for their research.
The designers made simple marks on paper to respond to garments on display and from the archives. Working alongside artist Dena Bagi, these marks were made using tape, large drawing tools and printmaking methods. The group worked into these drawings with letter prints and finer drawing techniques.
Manchester Art Gallery was present at today’s launch of Manchester City Council’s Older People’s Charter. One of the key commitments the charter asks organisations to sign up to is about the value of older people to our city and communities. This design project sees LINK members using their skills and expertise around the Gallery of Costume’s collections to contribute to the items on sale in the gallery shop.
Kate Day, Learning Manager: Lifelong Learning