What we do...

Art Projects

The focus of ArtYarn's project work is to encourage communities to come together  though the creative exploration of textiles, art and craft. Using creative and approachable teaching sessions and commissioned research projects, ArtYarn deliver  visually engaging and tactile art projects that reflect the local environment, social settings and cultural diversity of the places we are fortunate to work in . Working within community settings, art galleries, museums, and educational settings since 2008, ArtYarn have gained a solid reputation for guiding communities through creative processes, developing and delivering art and craft projects from idea to instillation, and creating community groups that last beyond the life span of a commission. 

ArtYarn mainly create their projects with hand knitted and crocheted fabric, however ArtYarn have worked with a  range of other craft mediums to create projects where they have felt inspired to do so, or have been commissioned to. We have worked with fabric and sewing projects, free hand embroidery, pom-pom making,  and weaving with home made looms. ArtYarn have also teamed up with film makers, musicians and scientists to produce collaborative experimental work that challenge and explore the boundaries between art, craft and science. 

ArtYarn have delivered projects, created installation work and delivered creative craft workshops for a number of local authorities such as Manchester Cit Council, Cheshire East Council, Lancashire County Council and most recently Salford Council as part of the restoration of the Bridgewater Canal. Public Art commissioners have included Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Touchstones Rochdale Art Gallery and Young At Art Children's Museum, FL (USA). Most recently ArtYarn are currently making a crocheted installation for Blackburn Canal Festival in Lancashire, UK. 

If you are interested in commissioning ArtYarn to deliver a community project or public art project for you, please contact: Rachael Gwilliam at artyarnproject@hotmail.com to discuss how we can work for you.  


Knitting & Crochet Workshops

ArtYarn's Rachael Gwilliam has been teaching knititng and crochet professionally for over 6 years in galleries, museums and in community settings.
Rachael also teaches to small groups and private knitting and crochet tuition, at every level.
We have just set up their own program of knitting and crochet classes in Manchester city centre (UK). The School of Knitting and Crochet specialises in teaching absolute beginners or those who have previously struggled to learn either craft, through to intermediate and advanced techniques. 
Rachael continues to teach a number of short courses for Manchester's Ministry of Craft in central Manchester, where she has worked for over 6 years. 



Artist Biography

The ArtYarn project is coordinated by artist Rachael Gwilliam (MA), who's background is rooted in Fine Arts. With a personal love of textiles since an early age, Rachael uses her Fine Art training to create innovative projects, which largely involve the participation of local communities. Rachael loves to teach and work with oter artists to deliver ArtYarn projects.
 Rachael also has a practice in drawing, illustration and print. You can see more of Rachael's work at: www.linesformspaces.com


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