Textile Society news
Recent Royal College of Art graduate Lorna Hamilton-Brown's music video promotes the therapeutic benefits of knitting for mental wellbeing and helps to break the stigma of talking about mental health. »
A new series about the history of British industry and craft has been commissioned by BBC Two. Each episode will tell the story of an industry/craft, and the British place associated with it. The series will be part documentary and part a social and economic history of each trade. »
Hali Publications has been asked to prepare an image database of domestic embroideries made in Greater Azerbaijan from 1550-1800. »
The Fashion Museum Bath is delighted to announce the Dress of the Year 2017. Chosen especially for the museum by Sarah Bailey of Red Magazine, the selection is an ensemble from Dior’s Spring-Summer 2017 collection that showcases the white cotton ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ print T-shirt. The T-shirt is worn with a black wool jacket and black tulle skirt with black knitted underwear. »
Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers on relevant topics dated between c. 500 and c. 1600.
Deadline 30 November 2017. »
Dress and Décor: Domestic Textiles and Personal Adornment in Scotland up to 1700.
The conference will seek to bring together a wide range of researchers from the burgeoning fields of Scottish history and dress and textile history in an interdisciplinary environment. »
Dress and War: Clothing and Textiles at Home and Abroad during the First World War Era, 1910–1920.
The deadline for conference paper proposal submissions is 23:59 GMT, 30 January 2018 »
The British Quilt Study Group invites submissions for original, previously unpublished research covering quilt or related textile study for the 2018 Seminar and inclusion in the journal Quilt Studies.
Contributions can be on any aspect of quilt and textile-related study, both historical and contemporary. Contributions from new researchers are especially welcome.
This website is a catalogue of key items from the collection of original garments and textiles belonging to award-winning costume designer John Bright. He began to collect these historic pieces over fifty years ago in order to study their cut, construction and fabrics, and to develop the authentic style of costume design for which he and his costume house, Cosprop, are internationally renowned. »
The Costume Society of America book series has a new home at Kent State University Press. Inquiries and proposals for works on all subjects relating to the history and conservation of costume and adornment are welcome. »
With support from the Textile Society and an award of £2,550, the Museum will conserve and mount an exceptional rural silk wedding dress made in 1850 and a Honiton lace train and veil. These exciting items will be displayed in their upcoming exhibition; ‘100 years of Wedding Dresses’, April to October 2018. »
The conference hosted by Manchester School of Art and the Whitworth draws upon Manchester past histories and contemporary associations with textile linked to place.
Please submit an abstract together with a short bio by Friday 17 November 2017.
With support from the Textile Society the Museum will conserve, research and permanently display this unique collection of textiles that have been historically underappreciated but create a tangible link to Charles Dickens and his wife Catherine as people, and powerfully suggest the personal and domestic. »
Leanne Tonkin’s application underpins an extensive career in textile conservation. A clear application outlining her proposal to present her research at an international conference and to publish new scientific work in the field of dress and embellished fabrics. »
Caren Garfen is an experienced artist, whose proposal to create an exhibition around her work on ‘eating disorders’ reflects a passion and sustained commitment to a compelling and unsettling subject. »
Paula Day presented Jennifer Harris with the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation Centenary Award for Lifetime Contribution to Lucienne Day Studies at the Textile Society’s Antique and Vintage Textile Fair, Manchester on 30 April. Jennifer then gave an illustrated talk about Lucienne Day and her work. »
Zita Katona’s printed textile project ‘Anthropocene’ is inspired by the human built environment. A student from Heriot-Watt University her work takes on the sixties modernist architectural environment of ‘brutalism’ and the vernacular of Scotland including pylons and the industrial landscape. »
Through access to the Glasgow School of Art archives, Alice has researched the origins of the artist’s smock in the paintings of the Scottish artist Joan Eardley and her original working garment. Alice is intrigued by the qualities if its wear and tear, the accidental splatters of paint, and staining. »
The work of Abigail Barnes is sensory and exquisite. The judges were impressed by the level of skill and craftsmanship demonstrated in the production of the work, and how this was deployed to creative effect (rather than being an end in itself). »
The judges were intrigued by the way Lauren is applying linear geometry and laser cutting technique to give wood fluid, flexible textile-like qualities. Her cut patterns enable different weights and scales of plywood to bend, fold and twist. »
In 2016, Poppy Szaybo, Mary Morris, Debbie Lyddon and Denise Jones formed ‘The Archive Project’ as a forum for discussion about ideas related to the archive, with the intent that they would hold an exhibition of artwork as an outcome. Their second exhibition will be held at, The Cello Factory, Waterloo in May 2017. »
Alke Schmidt has received Arts Council funding for her project, which explores the history of the Bradford wool industry through time and how it affected and connected people from around the world. »
Call for papers - West Dean Tapestry Symposium
Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers to be presented at this bi-annual symposium. The subject is ‘Artists Meet Their Makers’. Presentations that engage with the relationship between art and craft, as well as questioning the role of making and the maker in contemporary practice. Deadline January 31st 2017
The Association of Dress Historians (ADH) has issued a call for papers for the annual conference on 27th October 2017, in London, on the theme INTERWOVEN: Dress that Crosses Borders and Challenges Boundaries.
Deadline for submissions January 15th 2017. »
Bath Fashion Museum has acquired a man’s jumper by Kenzo for the Fashion Museum collection. Designed for the autumn/winter 2013 menswear collection, it is made of light blue boiled wool with black and white sleeves. The cocoon shaped jumper was donated by Shaun Harris, a young designer currently studying at the Royal College of Art, who confided that one of his goals in life has always been to donate something to the Fashion Museum. »
The Association of Dress Historians have issued a call for papers for their international conference INTERWOVEN: Dress that Crosses Borders and Challenges Boundaries.
The conference takes place on October 27th 2017 at the Art Worker's Guild London. The deadline for submissions is January 20th 2017. »
The Pasold Research Fund has issued a call for papers for its conference, Colour in Cloth, which takes place in Glasgow, 10th-11th April 2017.
This international conference will explore the relationships between colour and textiles.
Deadline for submissions, 15th January 2017 »
The Heritage Crafts Association is calling for applications for a suite of awards and bursaries recognising people working in traditional skills. Each award is worth £1000 and the bursary is worth £5000.
The deadline for applications is 30th November 2016. »
The Framework Knitters Museum in Nottingham has plans to transform the museum over the next few years. To keep people up to date with the developments and to help with their fundraising efforts, they have launched an email newsletter which anyone can subscribe to. »
ULITA website Upgrade
Following on from the enhanced website for ULITA - an Archive of International Textiles (based in St Wilfred's Chapel, Maurice Keyworth Building), their online image catalogue has now been upgraded to include a new collections page, better search options and larger images. New subject categories include the current exhibition and a recent donation of West African textiles.
DATS website re-launch
The costume and textile curators' group DATS (Dress and Textile Specialists) have revamped their website. There's a collections map and a great resources toolkit as well basic info on what DATS is and how to join.
The John Horrocks Collection at Lancashire Archives and Glasgow School of Art Archives share the Textile Society's Audrey Archive Award, was given in in memory of Audrey Duck, who died in 2013. Audrey was, for many years, archivist at G, P and J Baker and the award reflects her professional interest in archives »
Rozanna Mai Walecki of the RCA and Suzanna Kate James from Winchester School of Art are this year's winners of the Textile Society's student bursaries, awarded at the Manchester Antique Textile Fair on March 1st. Leeds College of Art and the Royal School of Needlework also saw success with runners up. »