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Conference

Craft: What is Critical?

3 Nov - 4 Nov 2017

The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral, Norwich NR1 4DH

The conference will explore traditional and contemporary approaches to textile craft, considering the emerging dichotomy between handmade and machine/digital interventions in craft, asking the question: 'What is critical for textile craft in the 21st century?'

We are also hoping to see behind the scenes at Norwich Museum store.

Confirmed speakers this year include:

Hilary Carlisle, Professor of Design and Dean of Design and Architecture, Norwich University of the Arts.

Linda Brassington, artist, researcher and sessional lecturer, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.

Professor Alison Welsh, Head of the Department of Apparel, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Dr Eiluned Edwards, Associate Professor in Global Cultures of Textiles and Dress in the School of Art & Design, Nottingham Trent University.

Dr Liz Gaston Senior Teaching Fellow, University of Leeds.

Delegate Fees:

Textile Society members £50
Non-members £75
Textile Society student members £20

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SCHEDULE

Friday 3 November
1.00 pm
Textile Collections visit: Norfolk Museums Norwich Castle Study Centre, Shire Hall, Market Avenue, Norwich, NR1 3JQ. Meet at the reception desk.

3.00 pm
Textile Society AGM
The Courtroom, Norfolk Museums Norwich Castle Study Centre, Shire Hall, Market Avenue, Norwich, NR1 3JQ. Meet at the reception desk.

6.30 pm
Viewing of the South Asian Decorative Arts and Craft Collection (SADACC) with evening lecture: The SADACC Trust

The Old Skating Rink Gallery 34 - 36 Bethel St, Norwich, NR2 1NR. Meet in the building.

8.00 pm
Evening Dinner at LochFyne Restaurant
30-32B St Giles Street, Norwich, NR2 1LL

Saturday 4 November
9.45 am - 5.00 pm
Textile Society Conference – Craft – What is Critical?

9.45 - 10.25 am
Registration, tea/coffee

10.30 am
Conference starts, includes lunch and refreshments

The 2017 conference will explore traditional and contemporary approaches to textile craft, considering the emerging dichotomy between handmade and machine/digital interventions in craft, and asking the question: what is critical for textile craft in the 21st century?

Are we losing or building traditional textile craft skills? How are we interacting with cultures of making in other countries? How are we integrating traditional and newer methods of textile craft and theorising our ideas? And what can legitimately be described as ‘textile craft’ in the 21st century?

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SPEAKERS

Hilary Carlisle, Professor of Design and Dean of Design and Architecture, Norwich University of the Arts, where she also champions one of their three institutional research themes, Pattern and Chaos.

Hilary completed a practice-led PhD in 2004 in which computer software was designed and developed to generate subtly changing non-repeating patterns suitable for digital textile production. Since then she has continued to develop algorithms using different software languages including most recently, Processing. Her work has been exhibited across the UK and cited in articles and books on contemporary textile design.

Linda Brassington, artist, researcher and sessional lecturer, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.

Linda is an artist who explores textiles as a surface for drawing and print. Each piece is a response to changing materials, density and texture informed by mark making and photography to create layers of densely pigmented and printed textile surfaces. Her work has been exhibited in Slovakia, Poland, China, USA, Canada, Ukraine and the UK.

Linda's most recent exhibition in Japan will form the basis of her presentation as a case study of contemporary textile craft exploration involving indigo dyeing.


Professor Alison Welsh, Head of the Department of Apparel, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Alison is a designer and textile artist whose recent project 'Field to Fashion' explores the design and construction of traditional garments in India's most prolific textile region, Gujarat. In conjunction with Khamir, a Gujarat-based NGO that develops the craft heritage of Kutch, the project explores the possibility of creating a niche for organic, sustainable Kala cotton through collaboration with local weavers, using contemporary design to help protect traditional crafts skills.

Alison has exhibited in India, China, Japan, Belgium and the UK. Her recent work combining contemporary British Fashion with traditional Indian garments has been shown at textile sustainability events such as 'Fashion as a Force for Good' (2016).


Dr Eiluned Edwards, Associate Professor in Global Cultures of Textiles and Dress in the School of Art & Design, Nottingham Trent University.

Eiluned's research since 1991 has addressed issues to do with textiles, dress, fashion, crafts and craft development in India. She has a PhD in Art History and Archaeology (Manchester University, 2000); her dissertation analysed how social change was reflected in the material culture of Rabaris, transhumant pastoralists in Kachchh district, Gujarat. She has worked with Rabaris on the development of education for girls since 1993 and is a member of the Rabari Ashramshala Anjar Trust.

Ajrakh and other Indian block prints have been a focus of her research since the late 1990s. Her most recent book, Block Printed Textiles of India: Imprints of Culture (pub. Niyogi, 2016) has recently been awarded the Textile Society of America R.L.Shep Award 2016). Other publications include: Textiles and Dress of Gujarat (V&A/Mapin, 2011) and contributions to The Sustainable Fashion Handbook (Thames and Hudson, 2012); British Asian Style (V&A, 2010); The Idea of Gujarat (Blackswan Orient, 2010); Hair: Styling, Culture, Fashion (Berg, 2008).

She is currently writing a book about ajrakh in collaboration with the Khatris and others in India, a project she is juggling with editing essays about cultural heritage for the AsiaINCH encyclopaedia with co-editor with Ritu Sethi. (see: www.asiainch.org)


Dr Liz Gaston Senior Teaching Fellow, University of Leeds.

Liz is a designer and lecturer specialising in knitted fabric and garment design. Her research explores pattern perception and the relationship between craft and public art. Recent UK exhibitions include 'Crafted Futures' as part of Yorkshire's Year of the Textile (2016), creating contemporary textile pieces in response to archive pattern books; and 'Colonise: Responsive Knitted Environments' with Dr Jane Scott, locating knitted textile installations in commercial environments to engage with the dynamics of the space.

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