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The Rush Seated Chair: a celebration of past, present & future.

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Greenlaw

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Introduction:

The rush seated chair has been the workhorse of seat furniture in the British Isles. Made from available natural materials, it was manufactured in several different regions with access to water where rushes grew and it appeared in a fascinating range of styles. However, it must not be assumed that the rush seated chair was an exclusively rural product.

Early in the industrial revolution, thousands of these chairs were supplied for use in mills, factories and cheap urban accommodation, making the rush seat chair one of the first eighteenth century mass produced articles.

At the other end of the social spectrum, late eighteenth century country house ladies ordered ‘fancy’ versions for their bedrooms and parlours to create a whimsical ‘rustic’ look and fashionable cabinet making firms added them to their pattern books. It is perhaps not surprising that this most democratic item of ‘Everyman’s’ furniture became the subject of an ‘Arts and Crafts’ revival in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Indeed, the rush seat chair arguably became one of the enduring icons of the arts & crafts movement.

Today there is a modest interest in the Arts and Crafts versions of the rush seated chair and some historical models are reproduced, but few modern chairs are made with rush seats for a variety of reasons including costs, scalability, limited rush sources, fashion & their perceived spartan comforts.

This symposium will investigate the rush seated chair in all its facets, from the material and the ways in which the rush seats were made, to the widespread variety of vernacular types. Discussion will lead to some of the talented architect/designers whose names became associated with their revival. The scope of the symposium will cover all contexts, from the urban to the rural; from the country house to the cottage.

Finally, we shall contemplate the place of the rush seated chair in the modern world. Why is it an interesting subject of study and does it really have a future in our lives today?

Kindly Sponsored by: Christies & H Blairman & Sons.

PROGRAMME

DAY 1 – Friday 14th September - start at 10am

Hugo Burge - Welcome

David Jones - The Rush Seated Chair: An Overview

Felicity Irons - Rushes and Rush Seating

John Boram - The Origins of the ‘Fancy’ Chair

LUNCH - included

Simon Feingold- The Rush Seated Chair in the North West of England

Janet Pennington - The Sussex Chair

Terry Rowell - The Clissett Chair: Origins and legacy.

TEA - included


Paul Holden - James MacLaren and the Rush Seated Chair

Angus Ross - The Mackintosh Rush Seated Chair Project, 2018


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DELEGATES WILL HAVE THE ADDITIONAL OPTIONS OF:

- STAYING FRIDAY DINNER (subject to availability & cost - contact Marchmont directly)

- STAYING THE NIGHT (subject to availability & cost - contact Marchmont directly)


DAY 2 – Saturday 15th September - start at 9.30am


Welcome & Intro - Hugo Burge

Short Film – The Chairmaker (12 mins)

Annette Carruthers – Ernest Gimson & The Rush Seat Chair

Fireside chat: Lawrence Neal - master chairmaker, Paul Shutler & Hugo Burge - a living tradition & the future.

Chair Surgery and tour of the collection of rush seat chairs at Marchmont House. Inc. Lawrence Neal: looking at the differences between a Clissett, Gardiner, Neville Neal & Lawrence Neal chair

SUMMARY & wrap-up – David Jones

Light lunch (included)


---- Conference Ends at 2pm ----


Optional Walk around House, old stables & future Marchmont workshops.

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Thank you to the kind support of:

- Christies. https://www.christies.com - lead sponsor

- H Blairman & Sons. https://www.blairman.co.uk - bursary sponsor for apprentice & student attendence

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N.B. Please note that this programme is provisional and based on the availability of the speakers and is therefore beyond the control of the organisers Marchmont Farms Limited. We reserve the right to make any changes to the advertised program that may prove necessary. In this instance substitute speakers may not address the same topic as that advertised. Any such changes will be communicated as early as possible.


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