The Architecture of Cloth, Colour & Space – Symposium

A One Day Symposium on the theme of The Architecture of Cloth, Colour & Space:
Saturday 27 October 2012
The Chapter House Room, Gloucester Cathedral.
Time: 11 am – 6 pm

Stroud International Textiles are delighted to be present a one day symposium of discovery and debate in the glorious setting of Gloucester Cathedral where the accompanying exhibition The Architecture of Cloth, Colour & Space is to be held.
Now, more than ever, we live in a climate where diversification and the exchange of ideas across several different disciplines is paramount; to survive creatively one has to apply our skills broadly but with finesse and personal signature. In keeping with the exhibition title: The Architecture of Cloth, Colour and Space this symposium aims to engage you in the working practice of exceptional people across the several disciplines the title defines: A colour theorist who engages with computer technology and paint, an artist who wraps facades with colour, an architect who circumnavigates the world through food and innovation, a weaver bridging the commercial craft divide, a textile artist creating installations for outside spaces; they all bring something different to their respective worlds and ours. Join us in the monumental gothic space of Gloucester Cathedral for a day of creative provocation and debate.

Confirmed keynote speakers and contributors.

Ptolemy Mann – Chair
Margo Selby – an International textile designer who builds fabrics on a hand loom using structure and fibre combinations that transform threads into three dimensional forms. Margo has rapidly become recognised as a pioneer within contemporary textiles winning numerous craft and design awards and being involved with high profile design projects such as Eureka with Design Nation and Hidden Art Select. She is passionate about design and has a positive approach to working alongside other designers and companies with a similar ethos. Recent collaborations include bespoke products for Habitat, The Old Curiosity Shop, People Will Always Need Plates and Tate
Sophie Smallhorn – artist and colour consultant. Her work explores the relationships between colour, volume and proportion. She creates simple abstract sculptural pieces which act as vehicles to hold compositions of colour. More recently her work has evolved onto a larger format with architectural projects including a large colour installation for the Olympic stadium. Talking about this transitions of scale in her work and how the area between an open ended art commission and the constraints that are particular to a design brief have both inspired and informed her creative process.
Garth Lewis – designer and painter who works with colour in innovative and inspiring ways using the digital ‘Chromafile’  software, with hands on painting and printing. Colour and Space will reference his own painting practice and supporting research with colour and computing.Garth will also demonstrate the uses and effect of colour, with reference to his book, ‘2000 Colour Combinations’ and the software program Virtual Colour Course, to be published in 2012.
Alex Haw – architect and director of award winning practice atmos – a practice dedicated to rethinking and improving our spatial world across the scales, from furniture to urban design. The office is currently designing a new eco-city in the Middle-East, a 120-unit luxury hotel, some large London houses and public landscape installations for 2012. He will be speaking on the metaphor and practice of weaving in architecture; on the search for sensuality and comfort and narrative trajectories; on threading meaning through spatial experience.
Anna Glasbrook – textile artist, designer, installation artist

All speakers have international reputations for their work and drive forward innovation in textile design, colour practice and architecture.
The conference will explore the influences of textiles and colour and the meaning they bring to architecture and spaces, adding to design and spatial awareness. It promises to be a day of innovation, inspiration and enquiry with discussion and discovery at the heart of the conference.

Tickets Early bird advance Full price: £45 Concessions (includes students and Friends of SIT) £ 25 both ticket prices include lunch and coffee/tea on arrival.
From October 15th Full price: £55 Concessions £30

Booking through Stroud International Textiles on our or contact SIT office on +44 (0)1453 751056

Image: Margo Selby

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