Flock North is an artistic collaboration between Louise Atkinson and Hayley Mills-Styles. Our mutual interest in textiles, pattern, story telling and museum collections has led us to develop a new project which explores textile heritage and migration through museum collections in Yorkshire.
Throughout this collaboration we aim to explore the rich history and diversity of textile production in the region, while reflecting on the ways in which migration has enriched the UK, both historically and in the present day.
We are inspired by the stories of entrepreneurs who developed the mills and tailoring in the region, as well as the workers who migrated bringing their skills. Our interests lie in fashions that were influenced by travel, ideas that enabled new technologies to develop and spread, and the intercultural trade in materials.
To begin the project, we will survey the collections of local museums and archives, including Leeds Industrial Museum, Sunny Bank Mills Archive, and Leeds Discovery Centre. We will also visit and document textile exhibitions from in and around the region which explore the topic of migration. This research will act a a repository for developing further work as well as a resource for other artists who are interested in this topic.