History and heritage of mill inspires young designers

AN EXCITING series of three Design Days led by practicing designers David Hood and Seainin Passi commenced at the borough’s civic headquarters on Saturday, September 1.

A group of aspiring designers led by the Royal College of Art graduates spent the day creating their own ‘playground kit’ using natural materials and the woodland of Mossley Mill as inspiration.

Design Days provide great workshops for those thinking of art and design as part of their future career, offering them the chance to gain an understanding of their work and follow the design process from start to finish.

Students at the next Design Day, taking place on Saturday, September 15, will undertake a project to build a bridge across the old mill race at the site using wood and textiles.

A workshop on ‘Soft Architecture’ will complete the series of Design Days on Saturday, September 22. Students will get the opportunity to use flax materials to create temporary architecture for watching wildlife and chilling out.

The council’s Heritage Officer, Samantha Curry explained: “Design Days are an opportunity to design, explore and create while learning new skills and meeting new people - all while exploring the natural and built heritage of Mossley Mill. It’s a unique opportunity for young people interested in design and a great way to spend a Saturday. We still have a few places for the next two design days so anyone interested is more than welcome.”

Design Days cost £10 per person per day and are open to 12 - 15 year olds. For more information, or to book a place, contact Museum at The Mill on 028 9034 0129.