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.