September: exhibition, interview & remarkable women

Work in progress exhibition

Throughout September our work in progress masks & mini biogs of Sylvia Pankhurst, Elizabeth Gaskell and Sunny Lowry were on show at PS Mirabel Gallery, part of its ARTIFICE exhibition.  We went to the opening night and it was a great opportunity to get feedback on our project, and see some fabulous work by the other exhibiting artists.

Artifice exhibition

Knithacker feature

We LOVE checking out the amazing, random, craft creations showcased on the Knithacker
site. So we’re super chuffed that our Stature project is being featured

Vegan MOFO interview

Cake Liberation Front’s Caroline Turner interviewed our crochet champion Helen Davies for Vegan Month of Food. You can check the interview out here

Learning about Ethel Carnie

Our history geek Jenny White popped along to the Working Class Movement Library’s celebration of Ethel Carnie, feminist writer and social justice campaigner. Born in 1886, Carnie was a pretty amazing women. She began working full time in a factory aged 13; penned fiction and poetry in her spare time; and 100 years ago became the first working class woman in Britain to have a novel published. ‘Miss Nobody’ explores the trials and tribulations of Carrie Brown, a scullery maid turned oyster shop owner from Ardwick. Enormously popular during her lifetime, it’s a shame that Carnie’s writing has since fallen into obscurity. Hopefully a series of new editions of her novels will help change that. The centenary publication of ‘Miss Nobody’ is out now, complete with an introduction about this remarkable woman’s life.

Manchester Modernist Heroines walking tour

Jenny also joined Morag Rose, social geographer and city guide extraordinaire, on a Manchester Modernist Heroines walking tour. The tour took in canals, backstreets and monuments; highlighted women’s contributions to the evolution of the city; and brought hidden histories and social struggles to life. The Modernist Heroines project is an on-going collaboration between Manchester Modernist Society, The LRM (Loiterers Resistance Movement) and The Shrieking Violet. There’s a fab project zine available for download here

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