Z–Twist bought together artists, designers, textile producers, educators, curators and archivists to raise the profile of high quality textiles in Somerset and the South West - past, present and future.

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Named Z-Twist due to the process undertaken with yarn to strengthen it before the creation of weaving and making fabrics, the project  placed 3 contemporary designer/makers in traditional textile industry and education settings for a period of 3 months to enable them to develop a new body of work, supported by textile manufacturers, local heritage collections, Somerset College and Stroud International Textiles (SIT).

The project was led by SAW’s Z Twist Coordinator, Patricia Dixon who brought a wealth of experience in both the art and learning industry. After a national recruitment process SAW selected artists:

The Z-Twist artists  worked with students from Somerset College as well as other educational groups in the county, in order to emphasise the potential learning and career routes for these students by strengthening links between arts and heritage, schools, colleges and textile industry partners.

SAW has partnered with textile manufacturers, Fox Brothers & Co., John Boyd Textiles, Stroud International Textiles, Somerset College and Somerset Heritage Service to assist the three artists working towards  two exhibitions held in 2014:

  • The Z –Twist exhibition and symposium at Somerset College  part of the ‘MAKE, CREATE, CULTIVATE’ two year programme in July.
  • Stroud International Textile Festival in May.

The artists produced a small booklet each which can be can be seen online along with project progress please visit the Z-Twist blog

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