Trowbridge Museum Collaborates with Community for Inspirational Patchwork Session

vibrant patches destined for the West of England Festival of Textiles (WEFT) summer exhibition

Trowbridge, 15th March, 2024Trowbridge Museum, renowned for its dedication to preserving the weaving heritage of Trowbridge, extends its artistic outreach with a heartwarming collaboration with the Trowbridge Service Users Group. In a special session focusing on patchwork, participants explored memories and emotions through textiles, resulting in a collection of vibrant patches destined for the West of England Festival of Textiles (WEFT) summer exhibition.

WEFT, a biennial celebration of textile forms, embraces a diverse array of artistic expressions from across the West of England. While rooted in Trowbridge’s weaving legacy, WEFT’s inclusive approach welcomes various textile forms, making it a must-attend event for enthusiasts and artists alike.

This year, under the theme “Memories and Emotions Through Textiles,” Trowbridge Museum embarked on a series of sessions with local community and support groups, including the Trowbridge Service Users Group. These sessions not only fostered creativity but also served as a platform for participants to explore personal narratives woven into each stitch.

The resulting patchworks, symbolic representations of individuals, feature deliberate gaps and loose threads, inviting contemplation on the nature of memory and the passage of time. These poignant artworks, stitched together from the squares crafted during the sessions, reflect the essence of shared experiences and the resilience of community spirit.

“We are delighted to have facilitated this collaborative endeavor,” remarked Mark, Founder and Chair of Trowbridge Service Users Group. “It underscores the transformative power of art in fostering connections and understanding within our community. The patchwork pieces embody the richness of individual stories woven into a collective tapestry of resilience and creativity.”

The final patchwork creations will be prominently displayed at the WEFT summer exhibition, offering visitors an opportunity to engage with the deeply personal narratives encapsulated within each stitch. Join us at Trowbridge Museum as we celebrate the enduring legacy of textile arts and the indomitable spirit of community collaboration.

For more information about the WEFT exhibition and Trowbridge Museum’s initiatives, please visit

About Trowbridge Museum: Trowbridge Museum is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the rich heritage of Trowbridge’s weaving industry. Through engaging exhibitions and community programs, the museum strives to promote an appreciation for textile arts and foster connections within the local community.

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