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Exhibition | Symposium : Thread

Thread is the gathering of four artists from different cultures and lived experiences sharing common ground; an overwhelming interest in the very stuff of textile practice, of lives lived in and through the literal and metaphoric language of thread. Their work is shown at the Elysium Gallery and is curated by Angela Maddox , Anne Jordan and Lorna Hamilton-Brown

Each artist recognising the potential of one drawn out, spun out, teased out fibre – in both singular and multiple forms – to perform as storyteller, witness, soothsayer, and to be simultaneously capable of healing and harm.

A thread twisted and plied with others, passed through the eye of a needle, the shed of a loom, the tip of a hook, slipped from twinned needles. The wrapped, pieced, tangled, bound, plied, woven, folded, stretched, torn, printed, hooked, knitted, unravelled, stitched, unpicked, blocked, eased, and dyed. All of this.

The thread of stories and narratives, of myths and constructed truths, of obsession, violence, and celebration. Threads worn at and through the body. All life is to be found in a thread.

Thread is an imperative, an instruction. Its practices of joining, increasing, and attaching are ones of expansion and growth. This Thread, and its gathered together fabric, its tales of objects and making, is a hopeful thing. It marks an emerging and new language of textile practice. Continue reading →

Exhibition: Interlace | Hella Jongerius

Interlace, Textile Research

June, 7 – September, 8 2019
Throughout summer 2019, Lafayette Anticipations invites the Dutch designer Hella Jongerius. She uses the building’s performative qualities to transform the interior space into a vast, constantly shifting loom; a giant textile studio, open to the public.

Hella Jongerius is one of international design’s most influential figures. Working from her Jongeriuslab in Berlin, her theoretical and experimental research explores multiple themes, often addressing the significance of colours and materials.

The project she has imagined for Lafayette Anticipations is centred around textile and weaving.

In the world of fast fashion, textiles have become a throwaway product. This exhibition questions how we consider textiles within our lives, and the cultural, social and economic implications of textile production and consumption today.

Over recent decades, we have become less aware of how our textiles are made, while artisanal production techniques are being lost. Industrialisation, mechanisation and globalisation have taken textile production away from individual understandings.

Interlace exposes the viewing public to the textile production process in order to create awareness, re-valuation and appreciation for textiles. It shows what consumers don’t usually see: the research and experimentation, the tools and materials, the trial and error that are as important as the result itself.

Throughout the three months of the exhibition, the public will be able to see new textile pieces being woven in the gallery space.

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Symposium: ‘Making’ Communities | Textile Research @ CSM

‘Making’ Communities: Textile Research @ CSM |  TFRC Symposium

Date: 25 November 2017
LVMH Lecture Theatre
Central Saint Martins
1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AA
Time: 10.30am – 16.30

About: TFRC is a research community at the University of the Arts London, based at Central Saint Martins’ Textile department. They explore how materials and textiles can enable more inheritable futures. TFRC research ranges from social to sustainable as well as technological and craft innovation focusing on three core research areas: Urban Fabric, Weave Research and Material Innovation.

‘Making’ Communities will bring together practice-led academics from TFRC as well as Visiting Professor Reiko Sudo/ NUNO Tokyo and London based Studio Weave (tbc) to share latest textile and material innovation as well as new case studies of textile-led community engagement.

Future Processes, the first part of the symposium, will present insights into the sophisticated world of Nuno’s sustainable fabrics, made through innovative material recycling. Philippa Brock and Anne Smith will be re-thinking industrial processes such as loom-based 3D weave fabrication and pattern-making through lasercutting. Professor Carole Collet will present her research into designing future bio-materials with living systems.

Future Communities in the afternoon will discuss the role of textiles as a vehicle to build more inclusive communities – celebrating diverse cultural identities. London-based architecture practice Studio Weave (TBC) will present their recent projects exploring the role of colour in communities. Jo Pierce from Studio Houndstooth will discuss ludic co-design and community visibility in East London and Anne Marr will share research into local place-making with Crisis Brent. Whilst Linda Florence and Rebecca Hoyes will show how textile design can empower local artisan communities in the Middle East to develop new economic opportunities.

Tickets include light lunch and refreshments: £18 / £5 Concessions

Places are limited – please book your ticket here

For further information please visit our website or contact Hannah Cheesbrough via

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Crossover Borås 2017: European Textile Network Conference

Crossover Borås 2017, the XVIII conference of the European Textile Network, ETN, will be held September 12-19, 2017, The main conference sessions will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 16-17, 2017. at the Swedish Museum of Textiles, located in the city of Borås, 30 minutes from Gothenburg airport.

The Borås Textile Fashion Centre not only houses the Museum but also the Swedish School of Textiles, an internationally renowned centre for textile innovation in fashion and design plus the Smart Textiles Lab.

The conference co-organizers are the European Textile Network, ETN, together with the Swedish Museum of Textiles and Nordic Textile Art association. The conference aims to present a global perspective of the different textile practices and their interactions with a special focus on sustainable creativity and innovation in textile art and design.

Speakers include Lij Edelkoort, one of the world’s most famous trend forecasters, Faigh Ahmed, Azerbaijani artist well known for his conceptual approach to traditional textiles, Jun Tomita, Japanese kasuri weaving master, Grethe Sørensen, Danish Jacquard weaver who recently received the Nordic Award in Textiles, and Catharine Ellis, who together with textile chemist Joy Boutrup, will talk about collaborative projects between art and science, among others.

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Select Festival & Symposium 2017

Select Festival 2017 is a celebration of visual arts on from 29th to April 28th May at various venues in Gloucestershire with over 150 artists taking part. There are  exhibitions, workshops, events, talks and a one day symposium plus  Select Trail Open Studios in the  Stroud Valleys

DIS/rupting Tradition: New Textile Languages. Select Festival 2017 presents a symposium linked to the lead exhibition DIS/rupt.

One Day Symposium - Co-ordinated by Dr Melanie Miller

Date: Sat 6th May 2017.
Times: 11am – 4pm

Dr Melanie Miller has convened a thought-provoking symposium to run alongside the Textile Study Group’s exhibition DIS/rupt. Focussing on the theme of disrupting tradition, the symposium will address issues around ‘new textile languages’.

Speakers: Dr Melanie Miller; Alice Kettle; June Hills and Michelle Stephens.

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Weaving Futures: Week 10 & 11 | Brock, Dempsey & Veja

Weaving Futures is an exhibition at London Transport Museum highlighting the importance of woven textile design to the London Transport system. The exhibition explores the process and making of digital woven textiles, as part of the Museums’, Designology season. Weaving Futures is curated by Philippa Brock and Samuel Plant Dempsey.

Each week, visitors will can see invited designers/artists in residence in the Designology studio, who will be working on a project brief and interacting with a weaver in their residency dates. The weavers will be interpreting the residents work live into digital woven textile prototypes and final works on a state-of-the-art TC2 digital jacquard loom. 

Week 10 & 11 features:  Collaboration with Dr. Priti Veja, Samuel Plant Dempsey & Philippa Brock
Residency dates: 23rd – 28th, 30 & 31st Jan 2017
Activity days: 25th / 26th & 30th Jan 2017

Researchers & Design consultants Philippa Brock, Samuel Plant Dempsey & Dr. Priti Veja will be coming together in Weaving Futures to work collaboratively on  concept  issues based design for transport, combining their expertise in design thinking, 3D digital woven jacquard/haptics, product design/3D printing and woven E-textiles.

Samuel Plant Dempsey
Samuel Dempsey is a Product Designer at Transport for London (TfL) designing more effective solutions for transport in London across all modes, from walking to trains. Collaborating with experts, from electrical engineers to textile weavers to create innovative designs through rigorous research that are both highly effective and aesthetically engaging. Currently he is working extensively on improving the both the ambience of underground train interiors and usability for passengers with reduced mobility and vision.

Previously he studied at the RCA exploring how design can provoke critical public engagement through the creation of products as actors, translating estrangement techniques from Epic Theatre into both critical and pragmatic design solutions. Sam previously worked for Nokia and Microsoft as a 3D Printing Specialist and Industrial Designer. Continue reading →

Textile Institute Talk: The Bristol Weaving mill

64fee7_4791f5960f6940f8b7639bffb50aa2caTextile Institute – London South East England Section 

The Bristol Weaving Mill: Britain’s first all female weaving mill and the relevance of hand weaving in modern textile manufacturing

In 2009, designers Juliet Bailey and Franki Brewer combined their hand-weaving and industrial experience to form Dash & Miller, a studio specialising in the design and development of woven fabrics for fashion and interiors.

Six years later in 2015, such was their success, the design duo opened their own industrial production facility – The Bristol Weaving Mill – the first cloth weaving mill to operate in Bristol for 90 years, where they weave bespoke cloth for a variety of end-uses.

Juliet and Franki will talk about how they got to this point – how their studio work had quickly developed providing woven textile design and consultancy across the UK, Europe, USA, and Asia, working with such companies as Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, and Louis Vuitton, as well as producing custom woven fabrics in collaboration with Stephen Walters & Sons, the oldest surviving silk mill in Britain – and how they were able to set up their own mill, and the relevance of hand weaving in modern textile manufacturing.

Date:  Wednesday 5 October 2016
Time: 6.30pm for 7pm until 8.30pm

London College of Fashion – Room G05
272 High Holborn

Entrance: Members and Students Free
Non Members £5

To book contact Bill Bohm:   E:

Image: The Bristol Weaving Mill

Select Festival 2016: Soft Engineering

Deirdre Woods Multi interlocking ringsSoft Engineering
Textiles Taking Shape

Alison Ellen, Ann Richards, Deirdre Wood
Dates: Saturday 30 April – Sunday 22 May
Museum in the Park Stratford park Stroud GL5 4AF
Times: Tuesday – Friday 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday and Sunday 11 am – 5 pm
Open Bank Holidays

Soft Engineering brings together, for the first time, the work of three inspiring textile designer makers. Having pursued separate careers in knitting and weaving, they find many common threads that have now inspired them to work together on this joint exhibition. Despite employing different techniques and structures, their approaches interconnect and cross over in intriguing and sometimes surprising ways.

Their passion for textiles shines through the original work that has been specifically created for this fascinating exhibition. Soft Engineering introduces a central theme of textiles that take shape through the interplay of raw material and structure that plays out in varied ways: repetition/displacement of simple shapes, pleating, folding, twisting and double-sided fabrics.

The exhibition will be complemented by workshops and a half day seminar.

Deirdre Wood
Deirdre brings a fresh approach to the ancient technique of strip weaving, with strips that are twisted before being joined by sewing. The result is a cloth that moves into the third dimension, creating geometric pieces designed for architectural settings. Ikat-dyeing brings dynamic movement and extra definition to these abstract forms. Her most recent work breaks new ground as curving strips emerge from the contrasting properties of linen and silk.

Ann Richards
Ann weaves fabrics that are smooth and rectangular on the loom but are transformed when soaked in water. The energy of high-twist wools and silks is released, causing yarns to spiral spontaneously, pleating the fabrics into flexible, textured scarves and clothes. Her latest work, a range of textile jewellery, combines these traditional materials with a silk/steel yarn that gives the fabric a temporary ‘memory’ for additional pleats and folds.Ann Richards Triple Spiral neckpiece large
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Select Showcase & Conference

Showcase Sophie Z 4Select Showcase opens in Cheltenham in the historic Cheltenham Town Hall running for 3 days: 23rd – 25th October.

Presented by SITselect the Showcase will be a 3 day festival,  bringing individual maker stands plus a stimulating mix of talks, workshops, demonstrations. There is also a  one day conference.

There are 78 makers’ stands, 4 Colleges of Art and Design showing graduate’s work, an area featuring World Textile stands and exhibitions of contemporary craft work. There is the chance to learn something new, buy something extraordinary, or just admire the outstanding creativity of our designers and crafts people.

A major part of the Showcase is a series of talks with speakers immersed in the world of weaving.

Rethreaded series of talks
Friday 23rd  offers a series of stimulating talks around weaving journeys.

In Conversation Penny Wheeler & Maryrose Watson

Chair: Theo Wright
Penny Wheeler is a hand-loom weaver and artist who explores the complexities of the craft whilst also subverting the conventions of the discipline.
Maryrose and Penny will be in conversation with Theo Wright discussing how they work, the freedom and limitations of working within a grid and how colour informs their practice.

Jilly Edwards in conversation with Ismini Samanidou
Two tapestry greats delve into their different methods of working.
Jilly is a tapestry weaver and Ismini a weaver both hand weaving and jacquard. They have a shared language and a common understanding through threads.
Chaired by Felicity Aylieff
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West Dean Tapestry Symposium

Black Cat for Tracey Emin woven at West Dean Tapestry StudioSymposium: What is handwoven tapestry’s place in contemporary art?
Date: Friday 31 July 2015
Venue: The Old Library, West Dean College, West Dean, Chichester, West Sussex
Time: 11.00 – 17.00
West Dean Tapestry Studio, one of only two commercial studios in the UK, has announced a Tapestry Symposium to be held at West Dean College, internationally renowned for Creative Arts and Conservation. The symposium will explore the status of hand woven tapestry within the context of contemporary art and craft practices.

Lesley Millar Portrait2 Photo Credit - Damian ChapmanSpeakers include; Professor Lesley Millar, Director of Anglo Japanese Textile Research Centre at the School of Craft and Design;

Yvonna Demczynska, Founder and curator of Flow Gallery in Notting Hill, a consultant for the Crafts Council.

“A distinct feature of art can be its immediacy,” says Alison Baxter, Head of Creative Enterprise, West Dean Tapestry Studio. “Hand weaving is a time-rich creative practice and by its very nature the making of a tapestry is a lengthy, highly skilled process. Hand weavers are producing complex and innovative pieces.”

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