THE MAC BIRMINGHAM will be hosting a unique exhibition this June: The Walsall Silver Thread Tapestries alongside a display of original artwork by their conceptual designer, the celebrated cartoonist Hunt Emerson, all part of this year’s Birmingham Comics Festival.
The event is launched at 6pm this evening at the MAC. Those involved will be present to talk about the project and its development; Emerson be signing copies of his work; music will be played and a fun time will be had by all.
All ages welcome to this free event that finishes at 8pm this evening. The show itself will run throughout the whole of June.
The Walsall Silver Thread Tapestries are a series of fascinating scenes depicting famous places and people of the Midlands region as embroidered by its townsfolk, with Emerson’s designs being based on three months of suggestions, recollections and stories offered by those residing in the locality. The final inspiration of Walsall Council’s Creative Development Team, the project ran for nearly a year and involved hundreds of local people, both as storyteller and sewers – All volunteers, whose completed endeavours clocked up at least 5,000 sewing hours.
Each tapestry features a different area of the borough, capturing the town’s living history and diverse geographical communities. The tapestries are not only wonderful examples of the talented craftwork of everyday people but have a story to tell in and of themselves. Beyond that, as visitors will find out for themselves, new stories are weaved into life as memories are stirred when admiring the tapestries and people happily begin sharing their own experiences of the area.
As historians are quick to point out the Bayeux Tapestry is noted as being an early example of the graphic narrative form that we now refer to as comics. It was that and the involvement of Emerson in The Walsall Silver Thread Tapestries that lead to The Birmingham Comics Festival opening a dialogue with The Creative Factory and the MAC Birmingham for a joint exhibition, that would run alongside the other events the MAC was already hosting as part of this year’s festival.
Hunt Emerson’s work has been published in some 30 comic books and albums, and translated into at least 10 languages worldwide. From The Big Book of Everything through to The Beano, onto his evergreen adaptations such as The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Lady’s Chatterley’s Lover and a recent digital collection of his complete works, each are evidence of his talent and that his work continues to hold universal appeal. He has also contributed visually to the cultural scene of the region too from posters and designs through to comic strips and some of the exhibition will demonstrate that diversity.
You are cordially invited along with family and friends to the launch taking place on Friday June 2nd or pop along to the MAC any day in June to see the exhibition – We can guarantee you will not be disappointed!
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