Talks and events

Talks at Stafford and Stone libraries alongside the Criminal Herstories display

Criminal Herstories talk with Ruth Singer. Find out more about the Stafford prison photograph albums from 1877-1916 and what we have discovered about the women and their lives. Stafford Library. Tuesday 5th June 1- 2pm. FREE. Book at  the library or call 0300 111 8000. The display is on show from 1st-28th June 2018.

Criminal Clothing: a history of Victorian and Edwardian working class women’s clothing and prison uniform through the Stafford prison photograph albums from 1877-1916. Part of the Criminal Herstories display at Stone Library. Tuesday 17th July, 2-4pm. Book at the library or call 0300 111 8000.  The display is on show from 29 June – 3rd July.


 Festival of Quilts : Talk and Masterclass

Talk: Art and Archives: Explore Ruth Singer’s Criminal Quilts Exhibition. Thursday 9th August 15.15-16.00 £9

Ruth Singer will discuss the complex story behind her exhibition gallery Criminal Quilts including the 2016 Fine Art Quilt Masters winner and new work on show for the first at Festival of Quilts.  “Criminal Quilts’ is inspired by archive research about  women criminals in the West Midlands 1877 – 1916. In this talk Ruth will explain how this project came about and how the partnership with Staffordshire Record Office and Wolverhampton University was established. She will also talk about the history of the archive photographs and documents as well as explain the making of the work on show, including collaborative and community quilts.

Masterclass: In the Shadows: Reverse Applique with Transparent Fabric. Sat 11th 13.30-16.30. £41 + £7 materials (cash on the day)

Take applique and layering to the next level with this exciting technique of using transparent fabrics layered and cut away. Using delicate silk organza, you will learn how to prepare and hand stitch a design by hand and create the subtle shadow effects by removing layers of fabric. We will also cover embellishing with shadow embroidery stitch and trapping fragments between the layers.  You will create a small sampler during this workshop which can be incorporated into larger project if desired. This technique was used by Ruth Singer to create her Fine Art Quilt Masters winning piece in 2016. All materials will be provided, cost £7 payable in cash to the tutor on the day of class. Suitable for any level.