Birmingham’s Midlands Arts Centre (otherwise known as the MAC) will host an exhibition by Hunt Emerson and The Walsall Silver Threads throughout June. No, not a group but those visiting will see stars from on the Midlands music scene depicted among the work featured.
Emerson, an internationally renowned cartoonist whose work has been featured in the NME, Viz and countless other publications developed the concept designs that were fully embroidered by a team of sewers, putting in over 5,000 voluntary hours to depict famous Walsall landmarks and those born or who resided there.
Of the rock stars featured in the Silver Threads Tapestries you’ll find Slade’s Noddy Holder, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford, and Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant – Of whom the lady mainly responsible for completing his piece noted with a glint in her eye that for some reason she kept having to redo his crotch area time and again!
The exhibition will also feature original artwork and collectibles featuring Emerson’s work. He began his career in the early 70s creating posters for local rock bands at now legendary venues, but most people will be familiar with his work with The Beat during the 80s, and visitors will be able to see now rare vinyl record sleeves, t-shirts and postcards designed by him for the group.
The exhibition has proved popular touring the West Midlands and makes it home at the MAC on Friday 2nd when the event will be launched with a series of short talks, a signing by Emerson and live music. The event is free and begins at 6pm, but those interested and coming from further afield can visit during the MAC’s daily opening hours throughout June.
For more information visit the MAC Birmingham’s website.