My Patch! Identity Designed By Nick Deakin
"Patches on ramblers' rucksacks, campfire blankets, bikers' jackets or tourists' beanie hats signify many things: places passed through, membership to clubs, or things that are loved and cherished."
On 11th July 2014 (on a cheese-meltingly hot afternoon) we launched ‘My Patch’, an exhibition, supported by Leeds Inspired, which asked 6 artists with a Yorkshire connection ‘what’s so great about your patch?’. The exhibition featured screen-prints and accompanying sew-on patches from Jay Cover, (co-curator) Nick Deakin, Lucy Ketchin, Dan Mather, Drew Millward and Peter Mitchell with inspiration coming from hiking on Ilkley Moor, a Ted Hughes’poem, the sculptures of Henry Moore, the industrial heritage of the Aire Valley, Le Grand Depart and an Art Deco Egyptian brooch!
Aire Valley Patch by Drew Millward
Just Keep Ramblin' patch by Lucy Ketchin
On the day there was cheese from Shepherd’s Purse, oatcakes from Bettys, a rhubarb saison from Ilkley Brewery and Portobello gin whose recipe originated from Leeds. Matthew The Horse even turned up in his shorts to perform some of his excellent poetry.