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Transition: Rethinking Textiles and Surfaces

Transition-backgroundcropHuddersfield University Textile Department are holding a 2 day conference.

Textiles and Surfaces have surrounded us in different forms for millennia. Fibres and materials made from bark, wood, sand, glass, and skin became early textiles and surfaces developing into the multi structural unconventional materials for interior, architectural and wearable functional design that inspire, create and evolve our relationship with materials, space and form in our contemporary environment today.

The Re-Thinking context of the conference questions the future of textiles and surfaces, the industry and the importance of higher education within this industry. The conference aims at examining the current and future developments in textiles and surfaces asking what is the future of the textile and surface industries?

Dates: 26th – 27th November 2014

Key note speakers

Li Edelkoort, A trend forecaster, curator, publisher and educator who constantly lives in the future. Made a Honorary Royal Designer for Industry in 2014 by the RSA for her pioneering and inspirational life’s work

David Shah, A publisher at Metropolitan Publishing BV(Textile View, View 2, Viewpoint, Pantone View Colour Planner, Textile View VFF China Assistant Professor Renmin University Beijing.

There will be papers being delivered covering topics pertinent to:

  • Science and Technology
  • Sustainable Futures
  • Craftsmanship and the Hand Made
  • Enterprise/Industry/Business

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Congress: Textiles in Transfer and Transformation

Deutsches Historisches Museum imageThe next Congress and General Assembly of the CIETA (Centre International d’Etude des Textiles Anciens) will take place in Berlin, Germany, from 28 to 30 September 2015. The Deutsches Historisches Museum, situated in the very center of the city, has kindly agreed to host the event.

A day of excursions planned for Thursday, 1 October, will offer visits not only to the various textile collections of the Berlin museums, but also to the royal palaces in Potsdam and to the cathedral of Brandenburg with its treasure of liturgical vestments (a detailed program will follow).

The general theme of the congress will be: “Textiles in Transfer and Transformation“. For centuries, textiles have been transported over long distances, be it as costly commodities or diplomatic gifts, as spoils of war or part of a bridal trousseau. Their arrival in a new place occasionally coincided with changes in form and function. Even textiles that remained in a given place were often adapted to new fashions and uses.

Textiles also served as vehicles, transporting ornamental motifs and patterns, dress styles or constructions from one place or even one culture to another. All aspects of transfer and exchange, adaptation or variation may be considered in papers presented during our congress.

There is a call for papers to be submitted that relate to this theme. You are  requested to send your proposals (title and summary of 150 words max) to the General Administrative Secretary in Lyon by 31 October 2014 (deadline). Invitations to the congress together with a detailed program will be sent out in January 2015.

Please note that CIETA membership is required to participate in this congress. Application forms are available on the CIETA website. A CIETA member’s letter of recommendation is no longer mandatory but appreciated.

17th European Textile Network Conference 2015

Iris van Herpen 2010_ Photo credit Shamila & Eric ElenbaasThe 17th ETN Conference, including the General Assembly Leiden/Netherlands, is from 15th to 17th of May 2015
There are also many other events from 13th to 19th of May


For this ETN Conference the invitation came from the Dutch “Textiel Festival”, a meeting place of several textile-related associations who have jointly have set up the STIDOC Foundation. This Festival, that started in 2000, is bringing together all the different fields of textiles (museums – adult education – professional training – textile craft, design and art) on all levels. It is unique in Europe for its wide scope.

This years edition has over 23 venues with exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops, a symposium of the Dutch textile curators association and the 17th ETN Conference.

Furthermore the Rijswijk Textile Biennial is taking place at Museum Rijswijk near The Hague.  A working committee was created to ensure the most interesting programme for the day on Dutch Textile Design, made up of Hanny Spierenburg, STIDOC festival organiser (project leader amateur art at LKCA, Landelijk Kennis instituut Cultuureducatie en Amateurkunst) Anne Mieke Kooper, weaving artist and former Head of Textiles at the Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam; Christine Vroom, programme manager at “The New Institute”, Netherlands Institute for design and fashion; and Beatrijs Sterk, organiser of the ETN Conference and former publisher of Textile Forum magazine.

The Conference programme

16th May 2015
The conference venue will be the Ethnographic Museum of Leiden. Prominent speakers will give lectures, among them curator Ingeborg de Roode on “Textiles in the Context of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam”; Joke Robaard, lecturer at the Rietveld Academy to the theme of “Readable Structures”; Hebe Verstappen, head TextielLab at the Tilburg Textile Museum on “Research and Experiments” and Simone de Waart, founder and director of ´Material Sense´on” Material Mentality?”

Furthermore a well-known artist working with textiles, Barbara Broekman, will speak on “Technique and Craftsmanship” and a young promising textile designer, Lenneke Langenhuijs , will focus on sustainability in her talk called “Innovative Textiles”.

A  lecture will also be given by the company Materialise, where 3D printed haute couture of fashion designers such as  Iris van Herpen and Anouk Wipprecht are made.

17th May 2015
The networking day is offering the opportunity to give a 10 minutes/10 images speech for all ETN-members and guests. They prefer talks on projects involving more than one person and/or countries. Projects taking place in the Netherlands are especially welcome! Please register your talk at the ETN secretariat with title &summary. After the confirmation we will need the PowerPoint file in order to pre-arrange the technical part of this day. Continue reading →

Conference: Textiles, Communication & Politics

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The Textile Society: 32nd Annual Conference

Dates: 7 Nov – 9 Nov 2014
Wellcome Centre
Euston Road,
London. NW1 2BE

The Textile Society conference, will take place over the weekend of Rememberance Sunday, in the centenary year of the First World War, and will explore the theme of textiles and politics.

The Saturday will feature a number of papers that explore different aspects of this fascinating topic. Study trips are being planned for the Friday morning and Sunday morning, and a conference dinner on Friday evening. The AGM will take place on Friday afternoon.

Details will be updated on their website as they become available. Notices of updates will be posted on twitter, so follow us to be sure to keep up to date.

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The political nature of textiles can be evidenced through cloth past and present, from many different cultures. Through textiles we communicate
personal and social narratives and engender cultural identity. Textiles can be the conduit to bring people together in society, revealing shared values and concerns. Textiles can commemorate events and act as propaganda or social commentary, they can tell our stories and shape our ideas. The history of textiles is highly politicised. Textiles are part of a hierarchical value system where high and low art distinctions are drawn between fine art and craft, where textiles and gender are inextricably linked. Textiles have served the political purpose of institutions and individuals but also challenged them.

The 2014 Textile Society conference explores the theme of Textiles, Communication and Politics from historical and contemporary perspectives. Confirmed speakers include: Textile historians and conservators Jacquie Hyman and Vivian Lochhead, textile practitioners Paddy Hartley (Project Façade), Nigel Hurlstone, Claire Barber, Gavin Fry and Lynn Setterington, and fair trade and textile manufacturing specialists Seher Mirza and Labour Behind the Label.

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SIT Select : The Maker & the Retailer

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SIT Select will be staging a day of discussions and debate on Wednesday October 15th at Heal’s Quarter Cafe in Tottenham Court Road, London.

The Maker and the Retailer looks at the vital but thorny issue of combining craft with commerce. The first of the three sessions sees internationally acclaimed ceramicist Peter Ting (whose Flutter design has been used by Oasis Stores for one of their A/W 2014 fashion collections) who will be discussing the role commerce playing in fostering innovative craft and design with textile artist/designer Ptolemy Mann and Heal’s Creative Director Carmel Allen.
In the second, Gemma Waggett, RCA graduate and founder of e-store Nothing by Navy, will talk about getting started, her next career steps and reveal her exciting new work.
Finally, Guy Hills, co-founder of Dashing Tweeds, will tell the story of this exciting, innovative and distinctly idiosyncratic textile and menswear company.

Ticket price also includes lunch.
Times: 10.45am – 3pm
Venue: Heal’s Quarter Cafe, Tottenham Court Rd, London W1T 7LQ.
Tickets:  £32 and can be purchased via SIT

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Symposium: Beyond The Blue

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Beyond The Blue: WOAD From Field to Fashion

The University of Brighton presents a one-day European based symposium and fashion show investigating the neglected story of the history, present and future of natural woad from field to fashion.

Date :Friday 13th June 2014
Venue :The Old Courthouse, Museum of Brighton
Time:10am to 5pm
Admission: Free
Reserve a place

WOAD. Once, a hugely successful and important basic commercial product of the European textile industry throughout the Middle Ages and on through the 19th century, the dye from this plant was the basis of a long and fruitful trade between Britain and Northern France.

This plant now reunites our regions again. The University of Brighton presents a symposium delivered by British and French scholars which will examine the demise and eventual replacement of Woad growing, due to large-scale importation of indigo from China, India and the West Indies. A further theme, presented by today’s growers, designers and makers set against current concerns over issues of sustainability, will assess the possibilities of the use of this brilliant blue natural dye within today’s international fashion and textiles industries.

This French/English bi-lingual conference is closely linked to the University of Brighton fashion show ‘Beyond Blue’ which will showcase their fashion and textile students’ garments created from fabric that has been woven, knitted or digitally printed based on a Woad colour palette. There will also be a static exhibition of work created by sculpture students from the Université of Picardie incorporating printed textile designs by students from the University of Brighton. The fashion show and exhibition will take place at St Bartholomew’s Church on the evening of Friday 13th June 2014 at 6pm.

Partners in the ‘Out of the Blue Waide Project’ are: ‘Amiens Metropole, Musée de Picardie, Amiens Metropole Libraries, ‘Maison de la Culture’ in Amiens, University of Brighton, Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton & Hove, Care
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Exhibitions & Symposium: Z- Twist

final Pink cabbage exhibition postcardLOW RESZ–Twist is a new Arts Council funded programme for Somerset Art Works (SAW) and Stroud International Textiles (SIT). Z – Twist has brought together artists, designers, textile producers, educators and curators to raise the profile of high quality textiles in Somerset and the south west – past, present and future.

Since January 2014 three contemporary designer/makers; Lucy Lean, Penny Wheeler and Debbie Smyth have been undertaking a residency to enable them to develop a new body of work with support from textile manufacturers; John Boyd Textiles, Fox Brothers & Co Ltd and WSP Textiles, local heritage collections with resident hosts Somerset College and Stroud International Textiles (SIT).

There are two opportunities to see the results of the residencies, which promises to be inspiring and a fascinating insight from three highly skilled artists who have explored and researched to create a final body of work.

Exhibition: Pink Cabbage Gallery.
1 Middle Street, Stroud, England GL5 1DZ. 31st May – 13th June 2014.
Opening and meet the artist talks from 11am on 31st May.
Open: Wednesday to Friday

Times: 11am -5pm , Saturday 10am -5pm
Telephone: 01458253800
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Launch: Textile Technologies Project

ttp2logoThis launch will inform companies on how the project will enable them to access the key industry emerging technologies housed within the centre in Carmarthen. The event on 25th February 2014 will be of interest to any business wishing to work on Research and Development, new product development, knowledge transfer, and collaborative projects.

• Printed, knitted and woven textile design-CAD development
• Development of woven Jacquard fabrics-jacquard loom
• Gerber Technology for pattern digitising, manipulation, grading and marker making
• Virtual sampling-CAD printed and woven designs
• Scotweave CAD design development
• Product development and prototyping
• Research and testing of fabrics for potential laser or ultrasonic joining
• Laser cutting, laser etching, and hydro cutting
Digital fabric printing
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Loom: seminar

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This seminar brings together a panel of contemporary weavers to discuss their woven production methods and how it affects their practices.  From hand weaving to mill weaving, the loom is still the integral design tool for the modern weaver despite advances in digital technology. The day will explore how technology is balanced with tradition. Delegates will be able to join in conversation with the speakers, debating why it is still important to be hands on, and discussing the advantages and disadvantages of hand woven production.

Each speaker will illustrate their presentation.

The day will be chaired by Helen Foot, textile designer, lecturer and a contemporary hand-weaver.
When: Saturday May 3 10.30 – 4.30 pm
Where: Gallery 2, Museum in the Park, Stratford Park, Stroud GL5 4AF

Kirsty McDougall of Dashing Tweeds. The company produces innovative suiting and bespoke fabrics that are sold to clients worldwide. The development of ‘lumatwill’, a reflective tweed suiting has led to a small collection of menswear accessories being designed and stocked in Dover Street Market in London and Comme Des Garcons Isetan in Tokyo. The company endeavours to work in collaboration with British mills and all production is done within the UK.

Franki Brewer is the technical weaver at Dash and Miller with a keen eye for geometry and surface pattern. Her graduate work was chosen by WGSN for their “Generation Now” report from New Designers that year. Since then, Franki has worked with a number of London-based hand-woven textile design studios, with tasks including consultancy for some of the most highly regarded RTW women swear mills in Europe. She has also designed for one of the UK’s most well-renowned bespoke interior design companies.

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SIT Designing Craft Crafting Design: Symposium

select logo 2014 FINAL50mmSIT Designing Craft Crafting Design symposium brings together some of the most illustrious names in the fields of contemporary craft and design in a day of discussion and debate examining what the terms ‘craft’ and ‘design’ mean to us in the 21st Century. The symposium aims to be a day of debate and enquiry.

Is the division between between Craft and Design relevant today? 10- 11.30 am
The panel
Mary Greensted, Chair of the Gloucester Guild of Craftsmen, Grant Gibson, Editor of Crafts and designers Nick Munro and Simon Pengelly – will discuss this  issue in a thought provoking debate chaired by design writer and SIT blogger Charlotte Abrahams

Wallace Sewell UpholsteryDoes craft have to be man made? 12.00 – 12.45 pm
The panel
Ceramicist Michael Eden, Harriet Wallace-Jones, one half of innovative industrial textile studio Wallace Sewell and maker Susan Early and textile printer Stephen Lewis put their cases in front of chair John Brewer, chair of the Cheltenham Design Festival and Course Leader, BA Graphic Design at the University of Gloucester

Maker Talks 2.00 – 4.00pm
Wallpaper artist Tracy Kendall, textile designer Fay McCaul and design-maker Sebastian Cox shed light on their inspirations and working methods in a series of individual talks.

When: Saturday, May 17th 2014
Time: 9:30 am – 5.00pm
Where: Stroud College, Stratford Rd, Stroud GL5 4AH
Price: Tickets cost £85 Concessions (students/unemployed) £35 inclusive of coffee/tea and organic lunch.
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