Karina’s all heart in the name of art for the mill

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AWARD-WINNING textile artist Karina Thompson has really put her heart and soul into her latest project.

Karina used her own heartbeat as the inspiration for a giant piece of embroidery that is going on display in West Yorkshire next month.

The Birmingham-based artist recorded her heartbeat during a mile-and-a-half run round the top floor of Salts Mill.

She then translated the data’s various peaks and troughs into a design that has taken up 100 metres of cloth supplied by Pudsey firm Hainsworth.

The finished piece will be on display at Salts Mill from August 18 to November 3 as part of a major exhibition called Cloth and Memory (2).

Karina said: “The mile-and-a-half I ran round Salts represents an hour’s worth of wool production.

“It wasn’t a race, but an exercise in data capture – this was the information that would dictate the nature of my piece for the exhibition. I’m using the most beautiful fabric from Hainsworth for my piece.

“I like the fact that they have a long and prestigious history of making woollen cloth and that they have been supplying the British Army since the Battle of Waterloo.

“My fabric is grey and reminds me of a wet bandsman standing at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday. It’s also huge. I’m embroidering five-metre sections at a time and they nearly fill my living room.” Diane Simpson, sales and marketing director at Hainsworth, said: “We are delighted to be working with Karina on this stunning piece of art.”

For more details on the forthcoming Salts Mill exhibition, visit the www.clothandmemory.com website.

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