Sunday, 29 April 2018

A Beautiful closing to Thread and Tread - A Shoddy Silence

 Beautiful song fills the air and envelopes us.

The Noble Singers
A most beautiful and fitting closure to Thread and Tread - A Shoddy Silence
 honouring and baring witness to all who quietly hold their experiences.
And a warm thank you to all who have contributed and supported the project.
Thread and Tread - A Shoddy Silence Residency Closing Event 29th April 20018
Mabgate Mills Rag Sorting in Leeds Photograph courtesy of LEODIS.

Contemporary Shoddy Leeds

Public contributions to their personal responses regarding War and Textiles
Guard 1 secrets codes of The Textile Industry;  column after column after column perfectly crossed out!

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Thread and Tread - A Shoody Silence Residency Ends

Thread and Tread - A Shoddy Silence almost at its end. What a journey?  Each day I have worked in Room 700 I have had the pleasure to meet engaging people who have in turn added to my experience and broadened my depth of understanding of  mainly the Textile industry and what it is for individuals to live with their personal 'Silent Witness'.

Khaki Uniforms
Left hand side British Army Tunic made from rough mixed-yarn
Right hand side German Trousers made from a more generous woollen cloth!
My objective for todays creative work was to consolidate my years long journey of questioning:
"How do the two fronts;that of war and that of the textile industry differ or compare"?
Through the questioning I set out to pay homage to all those who experienced both fronts separately or concurrently. I wish to be one such advocate to honour all who gave their working lives and even their own lives through ill health or poor health and safety. The textile industry is synonymous with the Industrial Revolution. You may think of Blake's 'Dark Satanic Mills.' You may be right? As I have discovered there is many a dark narrative to be told.
I have now even more questions? I set out to find the evidence of there needing to be a serge of WW1 Uniforms to be produced. The process of Shoddy was in needed and in great demand. Bluntly, uniforms came back from the front to the be recycled the return to the front in multitudes of hundreds and hundreds. People were part of this machinery.  My creative response I produced today was an assimilation of my years long journey, my thoughts were of the 'Machine of War' relentless, ruthless, recyclable. Through my creative process I found myself self feeling quite emotive and angry, which you may detect within some of the mark making.  I feel I have come to a fitting ending of this body of work, and now ready to move forward looking more closely at hidden danger of textile production of World War One and how the veterans fitted back into the Textile Industry.
Photograph courtesy of LEODIS Mabgate Mills Leeds
My drawing depicting Batley Railway station and storage sheds of Rag Sacks and a homage to all the suffering at Hill 60 the underground annihilation.
Photograph courtesy of LEODIS Kitchener's Recruitment Tram
My drawing pays homage to the women in the mass sewing rooms of endless noise and the shell holed western front merged with the textile landscape of West Yorkshire.

Photograph courtesy of LEODIS Soldiers ready to go to the front
My drawing depicts a soldier ready with his weapon, the industry of war weighing heavily on his shoulders.



Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Thread and Tread - A Shoddy Silence Exhibtion

Room 7oo
Leeds Central Library
Thread and Tread - A Shoddy Silence
Shoddy Cloth Palls where people are invited to share their experience of working in textiles industry and that of war. The central piece pays homage to the men and perhaps women who were WW1 khaki Uniform, who endured wearing such unforgiving cloth!

Homage to My Grandparents, My Grandfather who inspired my journey of WW1, My Grandmother  The Textiles Industry. Vintage Textiles book  enthusiastically describing textiles in it's many forms, my focus is on  re-cycled cloth.
Guard 1
This piece is in respect to all who were mobilised and demobilised in WW1. Those who gave their lives to the experience of war; who were injured and those who 'lost' their lives.  My premise of this research and subsequent exhibition is to make real the experience of war through singling out a very personal aspect, that of what the cloth which shielded soldiers from their environment be it uniform or blankets. 
Further questioning was 'did the soldiers wear uniforms their families and friends may made? Did they work in the very same mill prior to war, during or after? 
The impetus for the research on uniform came about during a talk about WW1 Costume by Lucy Addlington; she mentioned from 1916 uniforms were recycled. This horrified me. It has further moved me more and more deeply to the point where, when I was given permission to look at the Archival 'Guard' Book of Sunny Bank Mills, Farsely, Leeds; the pages of Khaki cloth orders for 1914-18, 1916 onwards immensely increased in number.
At this point I was not sure I could depict this horrifying evidence of the amount of cloth needed to keep recycling both cloth and men!
I wanted to do justice and honour to those who worked in the arduous conditions of the mills and those who endured war.
The Guard Book was a large leather bound, hand stitched book with hand drawn red ink columns; where neatly written secret codes of orders stood beautifully, tellingly row after row after row, each line after line after line was crossed out neatly and firmly in pencil. For me, this signified the men had gone! Crossed out!
Thread and Tread - A Shoddy Silence has been a year long journey, so far. Having taken 11 months to behold the evidence I was seeking.  This became a story in itself as I have found it difficult to locate specific evidence of where the used uniforms were dispatched to, rag sorted, recycled and refashioned into khaki uniform.
This residency culminates in WW1 Song sung live, artist talk of my journey so far and an opportunity to share and make homage to The Textiles Industry and WW1.
Sunday 29th April 2018 1.30-2.30 pm Room 700, Leeds Central Library, Calvery Street (The Headrow) Leeds

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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Thread and Tread - A Shoddy Silence Residency Schedule

Thread and Tread  - A Shoddy Silence

The image below relates St Mungo's Ring relating to St Mungo of Glasgow, thus later relating Batley Mungo and Shoddy Inustry

Carrie Scott Huby Artist Book Hnad Block Print
Exhibition Text  Carrie Scott Huby

‘Thread and Tread – A Shoddy Silence’

Exhibition Project title: ‘Thread and Tread’ – A Shoddy Silence’.  The journey began in 2009 in which I explored my thoughts of war and emotive responses to a Family Photograph of my grandfather photographed wearing his WW1 Uniform. Over the years further investigations has led to contemplating how many uniforms would be needed to be produced for the mobilised soldiers? Where were they produced?  Which Leeds Textile Mills they were made-up in? The sourcing and thus the processing of the wool material to make the Uniforms and blankets. How much cloth was actually needed to produce the uniforms and blankets? Did the quality of cloth remain the same as more and more uniforms were as mass demobilisation took hold? The above questions in turn led me back to my keen interest in ‘Shoddy’. 

Thinking about my grandfather’s life before he went to war, his job, his life style, I thought further on how many men worked in the Heavy Woollen Textile industry before, during and after WW1? Questioning as to whether there are any similarities of both environments for the work force at two both fronts; either the front line of the mills or the front line of war.

Date & Time
 Carrie will be Working and Facilitating  in Room 700
11.00am -2pm
06.04.2018 –
Days when artist is not available
Open times of the library the public may leave a written contribution to the collective installation
Artist Talks
Closing Event
2pm 4pm

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Thread and Tread - A Shoddy Silence' Artist In Residence

Carrie Scott-Huby

Room 700 Artist in Residence   Thursday 5th April – Sunday 29th April2018

Leeds Central Library,  Calvery Street , The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AB
I intend to be available Mondays, Thursday within School hours and Saturday afternoons.

Project title: ‘Thread and Tread’ – A Shoddy Silence’. Investigating The West Yorkshire Heavy Woollen Textile Industry before, during and after WW1. Asking the question; ‘How much cloth was needed to make all the WW1 uniforms and blankets’?

This has become a journey in itself and has propelled its own story.


I invite people to come and share WW1 and Textile industry stories, to pay reverence by way of collective installation.

Worked image of my Grandfather in his World War One Uniform 2010 Residency at The Art House , Wakefield.  The blanket I obtained during a camping weekend form an Army Surplus stall.   Each item depicts my recent development of 'Silent Witness' a culmination of research from two Artist is Residence bringing about 'Tread and Tread - A Shoddy Silence'.
Thinking about the West Yorkshire Heavy Industry initially in terms of 'How much cloth would be needed to all the uniforms and blankets needed for demobilisation.  Then further thoughts as to the work force, how many men went off to war leaving the textile industry short on work force, plus considering the comparative working conditions on both 'fronts'. 
This has been a years long exploration and has become a narrative within a narrative. Information I could not access has been revealing in itself?
So I embark on another journey of 'Silent Witness - Thread and Tread - A Shoddy Silence'.
I install the exhibition on Thursday 5th April 2018. So I will pick up my research, which was about divert me away a wee bit! So watch this space!

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Carrie Scott Huby Exhibiting a range Artist Books with “Shoddy”: a disability art project.

Artists' Book Market 2017

Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 May 2017 / 10.00-17.00  FREE


Gateshead    NE8 3BA


Carrie Scott Huby

Exhibiting a range Artist Books with  “Shoddy”:

a disability art project. 


Shoddy is the name for new cloth made from woollen waste and recycled fabric. This original meaning is now largely unknown, and the word has come to mean of inferior quality, shabby or broken down. This is the starting point for an exhibition by disabled artists working with woollen or other yarns and fabrics, or recycled and reused textile materials.
Carrie Scott Huby   Artist Books,  "Shoddy" a disability art project2

We are challenging ideas that disabled people are second-rate. Instead, we think that “shoddy” could be used to describe the government’s treatment of disabled people, with cuts to welfare beneļ¬ts and public services.

On Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May, 10.00-17.00, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, plays host to an annual and national two day Artists’ Book Market. Over 40 national and regional artists, bookmakers, small press publishers, artist’s groups, zine artists and bookbinders will be exhibiting and selling their work direct to the public.


Monday, 27 February 2017

Carrie Scott Huby & Shoddy at Pages 20th International Artist Book Fair The Tetley Leeds West Yorkshire

Pages 20th International Artist Book Fair
10 am -5pm    4th & 5th March 2017
The Tetley
Hunslet Road Leeds LS10 1JQ