From the hands and hearts of female workers, weaving threads from North to South.
machine women is the current artistic project led by Luan Taylor,
inspired by the experiences of female machinists and factory workers in the UK.
A lament to the disappearance of UK manufacturing industries,
it is also a celebration of the women who dedicated their lives to Britain’s industrial growth.
Machine Women is a modular project, and work is created in response to your site, festival, artistic, or cultural event.
Female labourers have been a hidden yet strong source of the UK’s Industrial growth and the nation’s wellbeing. Machine Women examines the working conditions and physical reality of factory life, the links between rhythm and labour and the sign language (Mee-Maw) used by workers.
The work also recognizes the transience of industry, and what happens to the collective identity of a community when the Industry moves away.
Machine Women wants to come to your town, to work with, and celebrate, your local women workers, their history and social heritage.
From a series of workshops with local women in your town, to a film and sound installation, to a site responsive multiform performance including local clog dancers/choir.
Please contact Luan for more details.
Participatory options include:
Reminiscense group activities.
Dance workshops with the local community
Dance workshops with local schools and youth groups
Performance work includes:
Promenade, multi form performance made for specific sites in your town,
including disused factories and industrial spaces.
Performances including local participants.
Site responsive film and sound installations.
The Archive :
The documentation of the research journey will be shared in a curated archive that the viewer can delve into and add their own stories to. It will be created by Mimi McGarry (Berlin) and is inspired by our time at The North-West Sound Archive in Clitheroe, Lancashire. Please click here for more information about The Archive.