Experience Ingleborough In Felt

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Date of issue: 22 September 2017

Thanks to National Lottery players, a collection of felt artwork inspired by Ingleborough and the surrounding area is on public display at The Folly in Settle.

The felt pieces were created by ladies from the Bangladeshi Community Association in Keighley on a recent visit to the area with local charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT).

Local artist Tracy Anchors taught the group how to manipulate wool fibres using both dry and wet felting techniques, to interpret the landscape around Ingleborough through the medium of wool.

Judy Rogers, community worker at YDMT, said: “The ladies were keen to represent the heritage and natural beauty of the landscape that they had discovered through our days out in a new and interesting way. The result is this collection of thirteen pieces of fantastically original felt artwork, which the ladies have kindly lent us so that others may enjoy them here at The Folly.”

The group recently visited Settle to explore the town and riverside, browse the market and see their work on display at The Folly, alongside some of the museum’s other exhibitions, which currently include 'Settle Captured In Wool', 'Back In Settle: Pastimes In Past Times' , '1917: Mud And Misery' and the 'Tom Twisleton 100' exhibition.

Alhena Begum, one of the ladies from the Bangladeshi Community Association, said: “It’s really enjoyable and relaxing to come out with Judy to see new things, explore and learn new skills. It’s a privilege to have our work exhibited in the museum – it’s a new experience for all of us and I’m very proud. We’re hoping to put them all on display in Keighley afterwards.”

The Bangladeshi Community Association’s visits to the Yorkshire Dales are part of YDMT’s Ingleborough for All project which aims to provide opportunities for people to experience something new and positive in the Yorkshire Dales, and to gain health and well-being benefits from the experience.

It’s part of Stories in Stone, a four-year programme of community and heritage projects developed by the Ingleborough Dales Landscape Partnership, led by YDMT and mainly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The programme will enable people from all backgrounds and of all ages to learn about, enjoy and help manage the stunning limestone landscape around Ingleborough, both above and below ground.

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