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The Teardrop Explodes – A Paisley Pattern Exhibition

May 1 @ 10:00 am - June 28 @ 4:00 pm

This exciting new exhibition for 2024 at The Art Department explores all things Paisley Pattern.

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.

Exhibition  Wednesday 1st May – Friday 28th June 2024

Opening Wednesday 1st May 2024 with Catwalk Fashion Show

Location:  The Art Department – Level 2 gallery, 2 – 10 Causeyside Street, Paisley, PA1 1UQ

You are cordially invited to join us and to walk through 18th century garb, Victorian splendour, 60s Biba love, 70’s hippy wear, Laura Ashley print, 70s Paisley punk, new romantics, to high-end Etro and beyond into the next quarter of a century in your best Paisley garb.

A call for entries will open soon at this link https://teardropexplodes.artcall.org/


May 1 @ 10:00 am
June 28 @ 4:00 pm
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Outspoken Arts Scotland
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The Art Department
2-10 Causeyside Street
Paisley, PA1 1UQ United Kingdom
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