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The Teardrop Explodes - A Paisley Pattern Exhibition

The Teardrop Explodes, an exciting new exhibition for 2024 at The Art Department, explores all things Paisley Pattern!

The Teardrop Explodes - A Paisley Pattern Exhibition

About The Teardrop Explodes - A Paisley Pattern Exhibition

1st May 2024 to 28th Jun 2024
As per opening hours
The Art Department
2 - 10 Causeyside Street, Paisley PA1 1UQ
This is a free event
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Supported by Renfrewshire Council’s Culture, Heritage & Events Fund.

The Paisley Pattern is a centuries old pattern that has been utilised worldwide. It is one of the most highly recognisable motifs and is still sought after in everyday wear and high-end fashion.

In this new project The Teardrop Explodes we will work with artists’ Marion Gardyne, Lil Brookes, Hector Dyer and Lilja Husmo alongside community partners, artists, printmakers, photographers, weavers, textile artists, a dress historian, and local heritage collections to see the Art Department transformed, covered literally head to toe in Paisley. This is an exciting collaborative fusion of public, private and third sector partners to create an enthusiastic expression of “love” for all things Paisley pattern! Further this collaborative fusion of partners will explore the common bonds of the Paisley pattern and “teardrop” across cultures, between generations, with an emphasis on promoting the use of creative expressions of the pattern to be inclusive, welcoming diversity whilst promoting community cohesion, positive mental wellbeing and highlighting our common shared experiences as citizens of Paisley 2024.

From a period of creative workshops in conjunction with a programme of community outreach workshops we will create a body of work telling the story of the Pattern, re-creating, and making new versions in multiple formats from digital to catwalk. We will tell the extraordinary story of this timeless fashion icon, shining a spotlight on the women and places that made it. We’ll explore its roots, its meaning, and its ongoing relevance as a collective emblem.

The “Teardrop Explodes” exhibition will have a booth style layout featuring installations, artworks, displays, memorabilia, costumes, historical context, and textiles. A catwalk fashion show will be the spectacular opening event.

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