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We have spent some time recently working with a group of young people on a project called Golden Threads. Young Ambassadors, a group based at Bradford Museums and Galleries meet regularly to share, discuss and enjoy arts and heritage based events and projects.

Golden Threads was part of the London 2012 Festival and Stories of the World, a Cultural Olympiad programme. As a continuation of the project a new exhibition Golden Threads Accessorised has allowed the Ambassadors to explore and re-interpret Bradford collections by creating new, vintage style accessories using historic designs with a vintage twist.

We worked with the group creating a collection of upcycled bags. These were constructed using recycled gents suiting, items from the participants’ wardrobes, hand-dyed fabrics and worsted cloth woven at Bradford Industrial Museum by the group. The workshop sessions explored attitudes to reuse and sustainability in textiles, linking stories of the textile heritage of the area with contemporary concerns about production and materials.

Golden Threads Accessorised is at Cartwright Hall Art Gallery until 13th September.

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