The Unfinished Projects Exhibition

An exhibition exploring unfinished textile project launches on the 3rd October at York St John University

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Arts Foyer, Quad South York St John University


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The Unfinished Projects Project is co-ordinated by Dr Cassie Ogden (Liverpool John Moores University), Dr Katherine Harrison (Leeds Beckett University) and Dr Helen Pleasance (York St John University).

šIn the summer of 2018 Helen Pleasance became the custodian of all her mum’s unfinished knitting, which she found squirrelled away in an ottoman chest while clearing her flat. šEven though she had given up knitting over ten years earlier, Margery Pleasance had kept all these things. šWhy didn’t she finish them and why did she keep them?

The project was begun at a York Festival of Ideas workshop on 8 June 2019 where home-stitchers were invited to bring along their unfinished items as well as their crafting stories. And, on a wild and rainy Saturday afternoon, the stitchers (and one weaver) came with their projects, their stories and their creative skills, which contributed to this project.

This exhibition tells the stories of that afternoon in June and explores the stories of 21st Century stitchers. It asks both why don’t we finish our projects and why aren’t we finished with needlecraft and aims to answer those questions through a material object and oral history.

Our aim is to produce an even wider oral history of people's relationship to textile making and crafting and this is just the start!