Group 14

We are working in collaboration with Islington Mill Arts Club and BB Heritage Studio to engage with and celebrate the rich social history of Islington Mill in Salford. Islington Mill is currently undergoing a major restoration and regeneration project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England, ERDF and is supported by Salford City Council – securing its future as a hub for artists and the local community. The Mill itself has witnessed 200 years of enormous social change – from the Industrial Revolution to the Post-War slum clearances to its current use as an Arts Club with artist studios and event spaces. We will be creatively mapping the entangled histories of the rapid expansion and decline of mills in Salford, the use of factories and mills as artists spaces and the LGBTQ+ community in the area. Come along as we weave the Hidden Threads…

Eleanor N / Letong H / Xiongzhe S

NAME: Anisa Begum


RESEARCH METHODS GROUP: DEEP cutting EDGE: Deep Mapping of Manchester Edgelands

UNDERGRADUATE: BSc (Hons) Architecture: University of Salford

EXPERIENCE: I started my masters immediately after completing my undergraduate degree.

SKILLS: Adobe Creative Suite, Digital modelling on (REVIT, LELUX DAYLIGHT, LUMION), Fine Art, Graphic Design, Photography, Ceramics, 2D and 3D modelling, Textiles
Posted 14 Mar 2022 19:30
NAME: Eleanor Nurse


RESEARCH METHODS GROUP: Urban Anti-Urbanism in the 20th Century

UNDERGRADUATE: Manchester School of Architecture

PART 1 EXPERIENCE: I spent 2 Years at DLA Architecture in Leeds

SKILLS: Hand Drawing, Photoshop, InDesign, Sketchup, Enscape, Painting, CAD, Model-making
Posted 14 Mar 2022 19:31
NAME: Letong Huang

ATELIER: Continuity in Architecture (CIA)

RESEARCH METHODS GROUP: An Environmental History of Cement

UNDERGRADUATE: Sheffield Hallam University

PART 1 EXPERIENCE: Architectural Assistant, CZ Planning and Design Institute

SKILLS: SketchUp, Lumion, Photoshop, Illustrator, CAD, VRay, InDesign. In terms of architecture I am partial to modernism and fair-faced concrete. I look forward to working with you all on this interesting project.
Posted 14 Mar 2022 19:31
NAME: Marwa Dulaimi


RESEARCH METHODS GROUP: Prefigurative Architecture

UNDERGRADUATE: University of the West of England (Bristol School of Architecture)

PART 1 EXPERIENCE: I spent a year freelancing as a designer and artist, then worked as a Part 1 Architectural Assistant in Chester specialising in heritage and conservation architecture.

SKILLS: Illustration, woodworking and ceramics, printmaking, digital modelling (Rhinoceros), rendering (V-Ray) and the Adobe Creative Suite.
Posted 14 Mar 2022 19:32
NAME: Xiongzhe Shi


RESEARCH METHODS GROUP: Designing for Welfare

UNDERGRADUATE: University of Liverpool/ Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

EXPERIENCE: During the first project of MAKING, I finished the reconstruction of an old barn in the countryside, keeping the timber construction in the renewed one. Then I started to be interested in reconstructing and renewing heritage buildings.

SKILLS: Drawing, Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator, Sketchup, Enscape, CAD

Posted 14 Mar 2022 19:33

HERITAGE AND CONSERVATION: The digital resource we create will serve as a space where the community can engage with the heritage of Salford in a creative, enticing way. We are focusing on creating a foundation for its social history that can be built upon and shared by others, an educational resource that demonstrates the vitality that heritage projects can bring to communities.

PROMOTING EQUALITY: We recognise equality as a fundamental human right and will look to shine a light on voices that have been overlooked.

LGBTQ+ VISIBILITY: “Islington Mill as you know it is a product of Queer Love” – IMAC founder, Bill Campbell.
We are interested in mapping LGBTQ+ safe spaces in Salford as well as LGBTQ+ history, providing a resource that supports and celebrates the community and its history with Islington Mill.

REGENERATION: We believe in celebrating the re-use of buildings for the community. The digital resource will supplement the regeneration work of Islington Mill and ensure that the Mill remains a vital creative hub for artists and the wider community, preventing the gentrification and loss of creative space.

Ultimately, we believe in well-being for all and art for everyone.

Posted 14 Mar 2022 19:34
Islington Mill was built in 1823 and is a Grade II-listed, six-storey Georgian mill building located on James Street, in Ordsall, Salford. Islington Mill Arts Club today is home to over 100 artists and collectives and is currently undergoing renovation work to help restore the mill and reach its full potential as a community-centred arts hub.

“We are one of the longest standing mills of our kind, purpose-built in 1823 to spin imported cotton that was farmed and cultivated by enslaved people overseas, and then processed by exploited workers here in Salford. Islington Mill was part of the explosive industrialisation of England. In the following centuries as many types of British manufacturing were dismantled, the uses of the mill gradually changed from intense manufacturing to storage, retail, clerical and eventually into partial disuse. As with many abandoned buildings around the country, artists began to occupy the property, making and sharing their work and ideas. Over time, this process saw us galvanise into the dynamic arts organisation that we are today.” – Islington Mill Arts Club

Hidden Threads is collaborating with Islington Mill Arts Club and BB Heritage Studio to creatively map and document this extensive history.
Posted 14 Mar 2022 21:20
This project involves a variety of skills and activities in which you can participate and we strive to explore the history of Islington Mill and Salford using graphical representations. We will use the following skills to create our digital resource:

CREATIVE MAPPING: Creative mapping techniques will be explored and through this we will celebrate the hidden stories of Islington mill. We encourage the use of alternative methods such as hand-drawing, fieldwork, collage, animation and more!

STORYTELLING: The built-environment has the capacity to tell a story about its history. Therefore, we will be creating a visual, spatial link between the past, present, and future of the area, telling the stories uncovered through our research in the form of a digital resource.

HISTORICAL RESEARCH: The site’s history will be researched through a variety of methods and resources to explore the social and architectural history of the area.

PHOTOSHOP & INDESIGN: We encourage and will assist with, alongside other creative methods, the use of Photoshop and InDesign to creatively map the history of Islington Mill.
Posted 14 Mar 2022 21:22

We are really excited to get started with the Hidden Threads Project...
We will be meeting Monday at 10am at Geoffrey Manton GM223 so be ready to have some creative discussions and uncover some hidden histories of Islington Mill!

Photo: A throwback from our site visit in March, a taste of things to come!

Posted 15 May 2022 17:59
Day 01 - Ice Break

After our first official group meeting and introducing different mapping approaches, we paired the students up and organised an ice break sketching in the afternoon. Each student presented their interests through the drawings and quickly got familiar with others.
Posted 16 May 2022 21:56
Today we had our first meeting with the whole team. We discussed the importance of mapping to design and collaborated on a few pieces of work.
Posted 16 May 2022 23:11
DAY 2!

We've had a fantastic day so far discovering the area around Islington Mill and tracing its history - making use of the beautiful sunshing sketching outside. Already there's some great ideas about alternative ways of mapping heritage and engaging with the arts.
Posted 17 May 2022 15:12

Tracing the layers at Islington Mill...
Posted 17 May 2022 16:10
Today we went to the site of Islington Mill to research. The group discussed the current state of the site and made sketches. We ended the day with a visit to the Salford Museum Art Gallery.
Posted 18 May 2022 00:33