Life on the Outskirts

How can archival collections inspire your own creative practice?  There are some helpful ideas on a website created by a team of people from Leeds and Manchester Metropolitan universities and the the Helen Storey Foundation. They collaborated on an AHRC-funded project that looked at ways in which fresh ideas could be developed by revisiting past practice. Perhaps it'll encourage you to consider visiting the ADM archives at Parkside...

 David Betteridge, photograph of Helen Storey's  Dress for Our Time , 2015

David Betteridge, photograph of Helen Storey's Dress for Our Time, 2015

Over more than 30 years as a fashion designer, Helen Storey has produced beguiling creative responses to innumerable briefs as a means of communicating her ideas about some of the world’s most complex issues. These include climate change, resource scarcity and the mass displacement of people. Eleven emerging creative practitioners from both universities attended workshops around the archive in Manchester and Leeds. The themes found in Helen Storey’s digital archive are echoed in their own work, which is to be shown in an exhibition opening next week at the Project Space Gallery at the University of Leeds.

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Why not go and visit it? The designers' responses will be displayed alongside images from the Helen Storey Foundation Archive and a film by David Betteridge exploring it from the perspectives of its creators. Alternatively, take a look at the website.