PSU: Anyone may come and go

PSU: Anyone may come and go
Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery

When: 15 February 2020 to 29 March 2020
Where: The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery
Time: 10.00 - 17.00
Cost: free
Suitable for: Any age

Focused on Exeter’s historic wool trade, Preston Street Union have been investigating the flow of people, artefacts and ideas that have enabled the city to prosper.

At the height of the wool industry, traders wrapped lengths of fabric for export in elaborate parcels known as tillets. The tillets were decorated with ornate, specially commissioned prints, which acted as a branding device. While some of these sizeable wooden printing blocks can be seen in the RAMM collection, no known examples of complete tillet wrappers have survived, and so their construction and use is a matter of some speculation.

Working with the RAMM Collections and new research gathered by local historian Dr. Michael A Patrick, Preston Street have re-imagined a tillet wrapper marked with a collectively created contemporary design that draws attention to the creative industries. The block from which the design is printed has been carved using traditional techniques by Saena Ku. The wrapper encloses a 15-metre length of red woollen cloth that was previously used by Preston Street Union in the work SERGE/SURGE, a series of live actions around Exeter’s city wall in 2019, commissioned by RAMM.

A paper print of the design will be distributed throughout Exeter and beyond in a contemporary act of trade and distribution, inviting reflection on the theme of migration.

Making History gallery.

Image: Jon England.

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