in March last year I attended the Textile Forum South West conference 'Mapping the Future: Where are you now?' Out of this conference an exhibition is due to be held at The Brewhouse in taunton 23 february - 24 March.
i have been working on my piece for a while and these are some of the thoughts behind it. to get to Taunton I usually travel by bus from Exeter going through many villages and towns my ancestors lived in.
i have used this directly to make a modern 'strip map' using the bus ticket shape and incorporating all the textile related occupations of my family.
Each person has a ticket, some have more than one as they changed occupation. they are all colour coded to the type of occupation but all linked with one consistent thread (except for those with multiples)
they each have a momento ticket made from either map, timetable, notes, photographs of the areas or copies of census returns all sprayed black and waxed. i am at the stage of putting the final pieces together. more progress later.