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‘Tangled Yarns’ opens at Cromford Mills

Alke Schmidt Tangled Yarns

After an acclaimed run at the William Morris Gallery in London (see COVER 37), ‘Tangled Yarns’ can now be seen at Sir Richard Arkwright’s Cromford Mills in Cromford. A solo exhibition by London-based artist Alke Schmidt, ‘Tangled Yarns’ explores the politics of cotton and the global textile industry. The new venue suits the topic; built between 1771 and 1791, Sir Richard Arkwright’s mills at Cromford were the world’s first successful water-powered cotton-spinning mills and the blueprint of modern factory production. Schmidt has created a new piece specially for the second leg of the exhibition, A Man of Consequences, inspired by the surroundings and Arkwright’s innovations.

‘Tangled Yarns’ is open daily at the Cromford Mills until 25 October.

Alke Schmidt Tangled Yarns

Alke Schmidt, A Man of Consequences, oil, metal powder and mica on 18th-century style toile de Jouy fabric

Alke Schmidt Tangled Yarns

Alke Schmidt, Morris’s Dilemma (2014), oil on printed Morris & Co fabric (‘Honeysuckle & Tulip’, linen and nylon mix)

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