Sunday, 22 May 2016

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Yesterday we were visited by textile designer Amanda Woollard who took inspiration from our museum collections for her BA in Surface Design and Textile Innovation. Amanda has created delicate and beautiful pieces that respond to experiences recorded by Mary Frances Heaton.

Mary was a music mistress who was admitted to the West Riding Lunatic Asylum on 16th Sept 1837. She recorded her thoughts and frustrations at her admittance to the asylum as well damning indictments against those in power in beautiful stitched samplers. You can see Mary's original samplers on display at the Mental Health Museum.

Image: 'Mary Frances Heaton Sampler' © Mental Health Museum.

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