July 10, 2024

'Breathing Colour' a collaboration between S&B and Artist Margo Selby

This Weekend, in Blackburn, we celebrated The National Festival of Making and our Artist in Residence, Margo Selby’s, wonderful artwork.

All About 'Breathing Colour'

The textile installation, ‘Breathing Colour’ was suspended from the heights of Blackburn Cathedral - it was formed of 100 metres of printed and pleated fabric in celebration of our Centenary year, each single tone chosen by all 160 employees with a memory or story in mind.

There was a wonderful sound piece created by Peter Coyte, accompanying the installation, with recordings from inside our factory and Morecambe Brass Band.

Keep scrolling to see the exhibition in its full glory!

Events at The National Festival of Making

Rebecca Pye, our Head of Design had a wonderful talk with Claire Mander, Curator of theCoLAB and National Festival of Making Board Director and Elena Jackson, Festival of Making Director & Programme Curator of Art in Manufacturing, followed by a fab live performance by Leyland Band.

We hope everyone who attended enjoyed the festival and if you missed it, ‘Breathing Colour’ will be on show at the 2025 British Textile Biennial!

The artwork was a co-commission by The National Festival of Making and The British Textile Biennial. 

Take a look below, at images from the special weekend!

Our Centenary Committee

Over the past few months, our Centenary Committee have worked closely with Margo and The Festival of Making, with regular site visits, supporting her in the creation of this wonderful artwork.

Press Coverage

Colin Petch at Mag North wrote a wonderful article, all about our collaboration with Margo 'Art In Manufacturing: Margo Selby And Standfast & Barracks'

There's more detail about the exhibition to be read here, an article by Material Source.

Don't miss this article by Selvedge, all about 'Breathing Colour at The National Festival of Making'

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