Commercial Photography \ Adamley Silk Mill
Commercial Photography; Macclesfield or ‘Silk Town’ was the centre of silk printing for the last 300 years and is nestled in the foothills of the Pennines. Just two miles from Macclesfield town, in a village called Langley is Adamley silk mill, which uses traditional and new methods to print some stunning designs, both traditional and contemporary.
This unassuming mill is buried in the rural landscape, but easily found by just looking up into the sky and following a massive stream of steam from the dyeing plant. As in previous generations they continue to utilise water sourced from their own reservoir.
As you wander from room to room it’s pretty much as it was over 50 years ago. In the pattern room there are a vast number of huge books festooned with hand drawn patterns and wooden blocks which are now retired in favour of computer created silkscreen’s.
The printing process is still created by hand ensuring quality and control and the majority of silk is shipped abroad to Italy with the favoured English print.
Like most artisan companies there is a genuine passion in every stage of the process, evident in the time, care and pride show by the workers.
Huge personal thanks goes to the staff at Adamley for their support and patience.
This commercial photographic project has now been featured in October’s edition of ‘Cheshire Life’
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