Working with Derby Silk Mill and MAAP, D-LAB has supported three artists making new work in response to the recdevelopment of the building as the Museum of Making. Toni Buckby is working on The Interlace Project, a practice-based artist research project and workshop series based on the history and techniques of thread and cloth production at the Derby Silk Mill. The project combines the traditional manufacturing techniques of spinning and weaving with emergent e-textile technologies and open-source design and manufacture.
Will Hurt is developing The Silk Mill Configurations app, an augmented reality mobile app made in collaboration with, and in response to, the architecture of Derby Silk Mill. The app will allow people to "collect" and learn about the history of parts of the Silk Mill, after which they will be able to play with the pieces they have collected reconfiguring them in new ways before sharing their creations on social media. The app has been trialed at the Silk Mill's FIGMENT 2017, and at Derby Mini Maker Fair in October 2017. Scroll down for video. And Leila Johnston is Hacking Derby Silk Mill as part of the transformation of the Silk Mill into the Museum of Making.