Half of my installation at the inaugural National Festival of Making last week included a documentary film. It is the result of an embedded period working both with the MGS Technical Plastics and the town of Blackburn itself……
Revolution (2017) / 29 Northgate, Blackburn
Thousands of waste plastic pieces form an immersive installation which also houses a documentary film. The 1st Industrial Revolution is referenced against the context of the current 4th Industrial Revolution alongside interviews with current manufacturing staff and local historians. Historical parallels proliferate from the increased sophistication of mechanised processes to the expansion of global trade. Design, fabrication and plastic moulding processes are shown in parallel with the ebb and flow of the Leeds to Liverpool canal. Culminating in a meditation upon Lancashire-based manufacturing and its legacy.
Woolston works both nationally and internationally questioning material values within different cultural settings.