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Textile Society AGM & Conference 2017 - Craft - What is Critical?

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3rd Nov – 4th Nov 2017


Friday 3rd November: Textile collections visit and Textile Society AGM

Norfolk Museums’ Norwich Castle Study Centre, Shire Hall, Market Avenue, Norwich, NR1 3JQ


Saturday 4th November: Textile Society Conference

Weston Room, Norwich Cathedral, 65 The Close, 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?'


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Friday 3rd Nov

1.00pm

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


3.00pm

Textile Society AGM

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


6.30pm

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.


8.00pm

Evening Dinner at LochFyne Restaurant

30-32B St Giles Street, Norwich, NR2 1LL


Saturday 4th Nov 2017

09.45am - 5.00pm

Textile Society Conference – Craft – What is Critical?

Registration, tea/coffee: 09.45 - 10.25

Conference starts at 10.30am

Includes lunch and refreshments.

Weston Room, Norwich Cathedral, 65 The Close, Norwich, NR1 4DH

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?

Our speakers this year include:

Professor Alison Welsh, Head of Department, Manchester Fashion Institute, 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).


Linda Brassington, Artist, Researcher and Sessional Lecturer, University of 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.

Dr Eiluned Edwards, Reader in Global Cultures of Textiles and Dress, Nottingham Trent University.

Eiluned is an author and researcher on design history and material culture, focusing on craft development and cultural heritage. She is currently collaborating on the development of the South Asian Galleries at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester and the UK-India Year of Culture Project; and the development of the Islamic Art Galleries at the British Museum. She is also collaborating on the development of the Chintz exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, for 2020.

Eiluned has worked with the Craft Revival Trust, New Delhi, and Printers Associations across India. Eiluned’s most recent publications include ‘Aneeth Arora: Crafting Fashion’ in Selvedge magazine, ‘Sustaining Cultural Heritage? The case of contemporary Indian blocks prints’ in the journal of Asian Textiles, and ‘Printing and Dyeing in India’ in the Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures.

Dr Liz Gaston, Senior Teaching Fellow, School of Design, 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.

Further speakers will be announced via the Textile Society website when confirmed (www.textilesociety.org.uk/events)

If you are not a member of the Textile Society you can join before making your booking at:

http://www.textilesociety.org.uk/join-textile-society.php

Students please note: Students will need to join the Textile Society as student members to obtain the reduced booking fee and show their institution student ID card at the conference registration desk on the day to confirm their status and gain access to the conference.

If you have any event queries please email Dr Sonja Andrew:

conferences@textilesociety.org.uk



  • Linda Brassington

    Linda Brassington

    University of the Creative Arts, Farnham.

    Artist, Researcher and Sessional Lecturer

  • Dr Eiluned Edwards

    Dr Eiluned Edwards

    Nottingham Trent University.

    Reader in Global Cultures of Textiles and Dress

  • Dr Liz Gaston

    Dr Liz Gaston

    University of Leeds

    Senior Teaching Fellow, School of Design

  • Alison Welsh

    Alison Welsh

    Manchester Metropolitan University

    Head of Department, Manchester Fashion Institute


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