I have been mulling over what sort of cloth/fabric to use as the base material to sew the signatures onto. In Remembering Emily I went for a very light almost transparent cloth so the sewing really stood out. I have been thinking around colours too, the signatures need to show up, so nothing patterned or too difficult to work with.
I really want the cloth to be local, so in an attempt to see if any was still made in the borough I visited Brennards, a company based in an old mill. Julie, the owner kindly gave me a cotton sheet they sell but it is not made in the UK, I have decided to save it for the backing. She also gave me thread from an old mill in Heywood which I hope to use for the sewing.
At 4am, I had one of those lightbulb moments – I would use pillowcases found/bought in charity shops in Rochdale. As along as they are plain and 100%cotton and not too worn, any can be used. I love the idea of the pillow cases linking us together and holding/supporting all those heads/dreams in the borough. This also allows for people to sew their signature in their own time and send it in to Touchstones.