Arts Development

CURRENT PROJECTS

               Trawlermen: Suited and Booted

 

In 2015 artlink was awarded a grant from the heritage lottery Fund. this grant will be used to research and document the onshore fashion of Hull's deep sea trawlermen from 1950-1975. 

 

Trawlermen: Suited and Booted set out to collect first hand evidence of onshore life and dress of deep sea trawlermen, specifically through the men themselves, their families and others associated with the industry and area of Hessle Road 1950-1974.

The project worked with individuals who were linked to Hessle Road and Hull's Trawler industry between 1950-1974 and invited them to take part in interviews as part of this exciting project into Hull's Cultural and Social History. As part of this project we invited the wider community to share any photographs or items that have been kept from that time.

Throughout this project we worked with a variety of people using film, workshops, events, social media, exhibitions and an education pack inspired by the research to share our findings with the people of Hull. Suited and Booted aimed to get people to think about how they would express themselves through their clothes. To do this we put on a variety of workshops and activities. We commissioned a local illustrator to design ‘cut out and keep' paper dolls which went out to six local primary schools and a secondary school. Each participant was given a paper doll to create clothing for, taking inspiration from traditional cultural dress or popular culture for inspiration. The dolls created in these workshops were then used in the Suited and Booted exhibition, shown alongside work produced by fashion students and professional artists.

Throughout the Suited and Booted project we posed the question "how would you express yourself through your clothes?" To answer this we put on a variety of workshops and activities, working with primary and secondary schools, community centres and members of the public.

We commissioned a local illustrator to design ‘cut out and keep' paper dolls which went out to six local primary schools and a secondary school. Each participant was given a paper doll to create clothing for, taking inspiration from traditional cultural dress or popular culture for inspiration. The dolls created in these workshops were then used in the Suited and Booted exhibition, shown alongside work produced by fashion students and professional artists.

Alongside our ‘cut out and keep' paper dolls we ran a workshop at the Freedom festival. This workshop offered participants the chance to explore ways to express themselves through their clothes and were given access to a fancy dress box full of clothing and accessories, they will be encouraged to select outfits for themselves and enter the Bluebeany Lounge to have their picture taken. 

 

Want to find out more about this project? Check out our education pack here

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