2024 Festival Dates: 6 & 7 July

Art in Manufacturing: Funufactury, Ibukun Baldwin + Cookson & Clegg

Ibukun Baldwin is a multidisciplinary artist and social practitioner specialising in print, illustration and embroidery.


Centred in the human, social and environmental, Ibukun Baldwin‘s work has grown out of an awareness of the neglected needs of marginalised communities and the potential role that innovative, contemporary, hand-crafted design can play. Baldwin is also founder of fashion brand Bukky Baldwin Ltd which focuses on the importance of community and providing employment opportunities for marginalised groups.

Prism Contemporary has been transformed into a floor-to-ceiling textile installation during Ibukun Baldwin’s residency with clothing manufacturer Cookson & Clegg. With the support of Palwasha and Razma who have recently been evacuated from Afghanistan and who joined the project as hired Art Assistants, Ibukun has developed the Funufactury using deadstock denim from the factory. Try out stitching and patching and add to the expanding piece.

A co-commission between National Festival of Making & British Textile Biennial.

Founded in Blackburn in 1860. Today Cookson & Clegg manufacture jeans, chinos, trousers and workwear for some of the UK’s finest sustainable clothing brands, including jeans for Patrick Grant’s Community Clothing brand.

This is National Festival of Making and British Textile Biennial co-commission.




2019 Trusts & Foundations

The National Festival Of Making Delivery Team

National Festival of Making is supported by the Arts Council England, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Brian Mercer Trust and Foundations and Partners. This project is part-funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

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