Warp & Weft is an arts, crafts and heritage initiative celebrating diverse lives & voices.
Jenny White is an community activist, researcher & history graduate who loves celebrating all things feminist and queer. Check out her celebration of queer suffragists Esther Roper and Eva Gore Booth. Jenny was one of nine Community Curators who created the Never Going Underground exhibition at People’s History Museum exploring the fight for LGBT+ rights.
Helen Davies is an artist and activist specialising in needlecrafts. Helen is interested in the social history of craft and women, and subverting the link between needlework and femininity. Spot Helen’s Venus of Custard in Bob & Roberta Smith’s Art Party film, and her DON’T STITCH US UP community banner at a demo near you. Helen also makes monsters & knitted necklaces, check them out on Etsy.
We set up this site to promote our 2014 craftivist Stature project.
Frustrated that Manchester’s public spaces were bulging with bronzes of men with no statue celebrating the achievements of a local woman, we yarnbombed eight man busts in Manchester Town Hall transforming them into celebrations of notable local women. Helen crocheted fabulous masks, while Jenny researched the women’s lives and got the Town Hall on side. We were chuffed when, part inspired by our installation, Councillor Andrew Simcock contacted us about plans for a statue of a woman in Manchester.
2015 -16 we set out to Big Up Female Boffins, stitching tributes to some of our favourite Manc scientists, with exhibitions at People’s History Museum and Manchester Town Hall.
Check out Jenny’s research on Manchester’s ‘female husband’ Harry Stokes 1799-1859, with Harry’s life in pictures drawn by Helen.