Threadlines 2017 to 2020 – TH.CARS2 Archive

Inspired by Paisley’s printed textile heritage, Threadlines comprises a series of experimental print-making workshops and public interventions created and facilitated by a group of Glasgow based visual artists—Rachel Walker, Roos Dijkhuizen, Nadia Rossi and Ruby Pester.

The artists started the project with research at Paisley Museum and Heritage Centre, exploring the history of Paisley’s textile industry. Machinery such as weaving looms was of specific interest, particularly the processes and stages in technological advancement of machinery which eventually led to printed textiles being mass produced in the town.

Over the course of the project, the artist group collaborated with eight Paisley-based community groups: Create Paisley; the Disability Resource Centre; Fine Art HNC students from West College Scotland; RAMH; St Matthews Church Recovery Cafe; Renfrewshire Mental Health Arts Festival; and ReMode.

In collaboration with these groups, the artists created a series of temporary artworks which explore, activate and are inspired by Paisley’s printed textile heritage.

Early 2020

An installation of large format posters on hoardings outside Paisley Museum & Art Gallery which, following on from 2019’s ‘Social Collections’ exhibition, feature further examples of the collaborations between community groups and the Threadlines artists.

Fri 11 Oct 2019 – Sat 19 Oct 2019

Social Collections

An exhibition documenting a series of collaborations between Paisley community groups and the Threadlines visual artists (Rachel Walker, Roos Dijkhuizen, Nadia Rossi and Ruby Pester), inspired by Paisley’s printed textiles heritage.

Print Factory Events @ Social Collections


The Threadlines Artists group invited the public to drop in to Made in Paisley to engage with parts of the exhibition and experiment with different ways of print making.

May 2017 – December 2018

A visual artists group – Ruby Pester, Nadia Rossi, Rachel Walker and Roos Dijkhuizen – is collaborating with a number of community groups to create temporary artworks inspired by Paisley’s printed textile collections. The project comprises 80 workshops and 8 town centre interventions.

In partnership with RAMH, Create Paisley, the Fine Art department at WCS, DRC and SMHAF.

3rd December 2018

A celebratory flag-raising event took place in County Square, Paisley attended by musicians and performers. The flag was designed and produced by Threadlines in partnership with the Disability Resource Centre. The flag will be flown from the 3rd December to the 10th December, 2018.





Paisley TH.CARS2 Project Team
Regeneration and Economic Development Service
Chief Executive Services
Renfrewshire Council
Renfrewshire House
Cotton Street
Paisley PA1 1WB

Supported by Th.CARS2