BRENT BIENNIAL: ELECTRONIC SHEEP, KILBURN

Electronic Sheep, ‘Act 2’. Image courtesy of the artists.

The Kilburn Tapestries is a knitted tapestry, based on the untold stories of the Irish community living in and around Kilburn, Brent.

Playing with scale and collage, and influenced by fanzines, punk and cut n paste styles, the design duo Electronic Sheep take on the story-telling tradition of tapestry in the form of knitted illustration.

The work will feature traditional Irish emblems, characters and premises that relate to Kilburn from the 1950’s onwards and celebrates people of Irish descent who have left a legacy on the local area. Words and stories of Kilburn based figures will be woven into the piece from Irish playwright Enda Walsh to music promoter Vince Power, alongside an array of imagery taken from the interiors of Irish homes.

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Internationally-renowned designers Brenda Aherne and Helen Delany: Electronic Sheep have worked together since 1998. The label’s unique, signature style comprises illustrative and typographic jacquards based on narrative storylines drawing on the designers’ personal lives and professional practices.

Electronic Sheep are keen collaborators, regularly working with designers, historians and activists, often to the benefit of social initiatives and charitable agencies.

Supported by the 2020 Culture Fund


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