Accepted Paper:

The role of improvisation in the success of a textile based public engagement project  

Author:

Lynn Setterington (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Paper short abstract:

Based on a public engagement project to create a wedding quilt for Prince William and Kate Middleton in the spring of 2011; this study looks at the way implicit improvisation was employed in this artist led initiative.

Paper long abstract:

Based on a public engagement project to create a wedding quilt for Prince William and Kate Middleton in the spring of 2011; this study looks at the way implicit improvisation was employed this artist led initiative. The means of production and subject matter (hand embroidered signatures) evoke questions surrounding identity and slow engagement. Thus the future of craft based initiatives in helping to empower and unite disparate groups is also discussed.

The collaboration, which took place in Blackpool in the north west of England is cited as a case study providing evidence of the heuristic methodologies utilised. The vagaries and protocols implicit in community collaborations are debated, along with the importance of tacit understanding and trial and error in such undertakings.

The article is a visual journey using key images from the project to highlight and advocate the need for improvisation in textile based craft collaborations.

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