Archive & Other Stories. A textile autobiography by thread artist Hayley Mills-Styles
15 September – 18 November 2018
Hayley Mills-Styles is a Yorkshire based artist working with embroidery. Her work has been exhibited in museums and heritage sites throughout the north. Using fabric and thread, she creates textile drawings and objects with an autobiographical theme. Archive & Other Stories brings together a collection of works inspired by the objects housed in Whitby Museum.
Hayley says “Both Whitby and the museum have played a significant part in my life story, as a child I visited the museum with my grandparents. I would spend hours looking at the cabinets of treasures, creating stories and learning about Whitby’s rich history.”
The common theme that runs throughout Hayley’s practice is memory; she creates stories about her own experiences that resonate deeply with the viewer. Textiles and embroidery offer Hayley a unique opportunity to present these stories in a way that draws in the audience, evoking memories of their own stories and textile memories.
Hayley describes her practice “My practice uses fabric and thread to tell stories, my aim in working with Whitby Museum was to interpret their collections in a different way. Each piece from the exhibition tells a story about my life, using pieces from the museum’s archive as a reference point.”