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Textile Society Conference 2019 - The Power of Colour

The Textile Society

Saturday, 9 November 2019 from 10:00 to 17:30 (GMT)

Textile Society Conference 2019 - The Power of Colour

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Conference - Textile Society Member   more info 9 Nov 2019 £65.00 £0.00
Conference - Non Member   more info 9 Nov 2019 £90.00 £0.00
Conference - Student Textile Society Member   more info 9 Nov 2019 £20.00 £0.00
Conference - Student Non Member   more info 9 Nov 2019 £25.00 £0.00
Textile Society AGM (Textile Society Members Only)   more info 9 Nov 2019 Free £0.00

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Saturday 9th Nov

Textile Society AGM 10am (Textile Society members)

Conference Registration: from 10.45am

Conference 11.15am - 5.30pm

Lunch and refreshments are included in the ticket prices.

This year’s Textile Society annual conference will be held on Saturday 9th November at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester and will be exploring the theme of colour.

We have a stellar cast of speakers to inspire you, all of which are highly regarded and between them, cover many different aspects of the broad textile sector, which the Textile Society represents. 

We are delighted to announce the following confirmed speakers:

  • Jenny Balfour-Paul, International lecturer, traveller, writer, artist and curator Jenny Balfour-Paul, author of three books on Indigo, is an Hon. Research Fellow at Exeter University, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Royal Asiatic Society and Explorers Club and immediate past President of UK's Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. She was consultant curator for the Whitworth Art Gallery’s 2007 touring exhibition ‘Indigo: a Blue to Dye For’, partner in ‘Silk Road Connect’ for Yo Yo Ma’s 2009 Silk Road Project and consultant for documentary films and 'Indigo Sutra' in Kolkata in 2017. Her collections are in major UK museums.

  • Laura Slater, textile artist informed by the interaction of colour and shape, her design focuses on the translation of drawing and surface through hand printed processes.

  • Stephanie Wood, is a project curator at the V&A whose research centres on 20th- and 21st- century Fashion. She was exhibition researcher of the Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion exhibition, worked on the major redisplay of the V&A Fashion gallery (2012) and project managed the Fashion in Motion programme staging live fashion events within the Museum (2011 - 2016). She is co-curator of the V&A's exhibition on Mary Quant and contributing author of the accompanying book.

  • Kassia St Clair, is a writer and cultural historian. The Secret Lives of Colour, her first book, was a top-ten bestseller that has been translated into over a dozen languages. It was, along with The Golden Thread, a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. The Golden Thread was also shortlisted for the Somerset Maugham award and selected as a Sunday Times Book of the Year. Kassia writes about colour, culture and history for publications including the Economist, the Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement and the Telegraph.

  • Caroline Pratt, is a textile print designer, consultant and lecturer based in Leeds, UK. driven by an interest in biophilia and the positive effect nature can have on our wellbeing, her work celebrates the colour and wealth of visual inspiration ever present in the natural world.

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Museum of Science and Industry
Liverpool Road
M3 4FP Manchester
United Kingdom

Saturday, 9 November 2019 from 10:00 to 17:30 (GMT)

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The Textile Society

The Textile Society is run by and for people with interests in all branches of historic and contemporary textiles. Established in 1982, the charity promotes the history, culture, design and study of textiles as well as offering awards and bursaries.

Our broad range of members who include: makers, designers, historians, artists, educators, industrialists, curators, collectors, researchers, hobbyists, dealers, writers and conservators; all with a passion for textiles.


Membership provides

Links with like-minded enthusiasts 

Opportunity to discuss and share ideas

Access to specialists in their field



Our conferences and research symposia offer opportunities for networking and in-depth study.

We host two Antique Textile Fairs a year in Manchester and London, which support our bursaries. Both offer the opportunity to see, learn, touch and purchase natique and vintage textiles and dress, attend talks and demonstrations.

We offer visits, in depth study and behind the scenes trips to appeal to a wide variety of interests.



Our annual TEXT journal features specialist articles and NEWS, issued three times a year keeps members connected.



The Textile Society offers awards to undergraduate and post-graduate students, musuems, conservators and textile professionals.


For further information and for ways to join the Textile Society visit our website or call 0207 923 0331

Follow the Textile Society on Facebook and Twitter @textile_society.

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