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ICONIC ARCHITECTURE

AMERICAN MILLS

N EW ENG L A ND’ S M I L L S M A I NTA I N I MP O R TA NT L I NKS TO A N I NDU S T R I A L PA ST, PRES ERV I NG P R O CES S ES A ND TR A D I T IONS .

Built 1753

Built 1821

Built 1869

S&D Spinning Mill One of the oldest continuously running mills in the USA.

Bartlettyarns Spinnery

G.J. Littlewood & Son

COLOUR & CONTRAST

Bartlettyarns, Harmony, Maine

The oldest operating mule-spun wool mill.

The dying house has been in business since the Civil War.

t is a sad truth that much of America’s once thriving textile industry has been outsourced to overseas locations and their cheaper workforces. And left in the wake are many abandoned mills. Those few that remain have either been forced to adapt to the modernisation of an industry now dominated by foreign imports, or they are fortunate enough to still cater to a niche market that values origin and craftsmanship over costs. Visiting the mills near his birthplace, photographer Christopher Payne set out not only to capture New England’s textile heritage, but also to honour those individuals who are responsible for preserving small-scale manufacturing and craftsmanship in America, in spite of the global competition and unrelenting technological progress.

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RUNS OF THE MILL Architectural photographer Christopher Payne is renowned for his documentation of America’s industrial heritage. In ‘Textiles’ he catalogues 25 of the last remaining mills in New England. As their machines run continuously, it took several months for Christopher to achieve some shots, when certain colours appeared and mechanisms aligned. And vibrations caused by the machinery were a challenge. But in capturing the transformation of raw fibre to finely wound and woven threads, this series is a vibrant celebration of an industry determined, and deserving, to survive. To learn more, visit chrispaynephoto.com

Eroding History A current exhibition by British printmaker Elizabeth Hayley focuses on the decline of the traditional industries in the UK. Dismantled buildings are the focus of metal works, which are hand brushed with photographic emulsion. The process distorts the image in a way that emotively encapsulates the eroding of a rich industrial past. Prices upon request, elizabethhayley.com

Elizabeth lives on a 36ft Lugger and many of her photographic subjects, from boatyards to saw mills, are situated on the riverside.

Elizabeth Haley’s photographs of traditional environments such as mills and boatyards are presented in large scale on metal sheets including, fittingly, metal traditionally used in the construction of various boat hulls.

While the photographs depict a disappearing world, they also suggest the positive impact of redeveloping and repurposing for new uses.

Malleable Objects by Elizabeth Hayley are on display at Snape Maltings, in Suffolk, 11th June to 9th July. Parts of the maltings yet to be restored feature in the series. snapemaltings.co.uk

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