Invisibilities Chard Commission

My installation at Chard Museum has involved researching the history of Chard and the former textiles industries. I have been particularly drawn to the women who worked in the vast lace mill factories, agriculture and collar works and whose stories were often untold or overlooked.

Please click here to see a short film about the project.

I visited the local library and researched local history and archives. The library was the former lace mill factory site and so I was particularly interested in visiting this and other related sites in and around Chard to inform my research. For me the linking of material to place is very important and therefore the netting produced in lace mills back in the 1800s and still today was significant and felt a powerful metaphor to explore in terms of the women working and contributing to all of the industries-both at once visible and invisible.

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