Innovation in contract fabrics

18th September 2017

Panaz Inspire Artists during inaugural Festival of Making

Earlier this year, Panaz were honoured to play their part in Lancashire’s first ever Festival of Making, a celebration of Britain’s unrivalled making heritage, and in-particular the festival’s headline event -  ‘Art in Manufacturing’. This unprecedented collaboration project saw select Lancashire manufacturers open their doors to 10 artists, with the task of producing unique works that explore the unheralded skills, processes and history of our region’s factories. Watch the full video for more details.


Panaz welcomed Simon Grennan and Chris Sperandio, the exceptional artists chosen to work with 4 employees, to use their lives, loves and work experiences, past and present to produce a special range of furnishings.  Of the four staff selected, Simon Grennan commented ‘We arrange people into different social situations and the work is produced out of that’.

One of the staff selected was Martine Thompson, Product Development Leader at Panaz and mother of 7-year old Ernest. Martine inspired a woodland design wallcovering for a feature wall in her home which also includes Ernest in the artwork. Delighted to have been involved, Martine said ‘The FoM has inspired me to evaluate my own creativity, and I am more likely to participate in other arts & crafts events in the region. The festival day itself gave me a greater appreciation of Lancashire's textile heritage - something I'm keen to learn more about’.


Martine can also be heard on BBC radio, speaking of her involvement in the project


[Martine's interview begins around 41:40]


Tony Attard, Panaz CEO said, ‘Being able to stimulate and develop a way of thinking by including somebody from outside the immediate environment encourages that thought process and therefore creativity.  Overall the idea also demonstrated to the public that the manufacturing industry is a great place to work’.