The Future of Textiles: Textile Art 2028

Thursday 19 April | 6-8pm (Sold Out)



Join us in welcoming the 62 Group for the first talk in a series of annual lectures at the Fashion and Textile Museum.

The opening lecture concentrates on the future of textile art with guest speaker Jessica Hemmings, Professor of Crafts at the Academy of Design & Crafts (HDK), University of Gothenburg, and 62 group member and textile artist Caron Penney.

Jessica Hemmings will time travel to 2028 and imagine textile art of the future. By discussing the current enthusiasm for textile art exhibitions at commercial galleries (Do Ho Su – Victoria Miro gallery, Ibrahim Mahama – White Cube) and the material choices and techniques of today this lecture will attempt to forecast trends in textile art a decade from now.

Caron Penney will showcase 62 Group’s new exhibition, CTRL/Shift, opening at the Midlands Art Centre in 2018 and ‘what’s next’ in the lecture programme.

The 62 Group is an artist led organisation which aims to incorporate and challenge the boundaries of textile practice through an ambitious and innovative annual programme of exhibitions and events. Since its establishment in 1962 some of the most highly regarded British & International textile artists have been members of the group.

The event starts at 6pm with a glass of wine in the Museum foyer and opportunity to view the current exhibition. The talk follows at 6.15pm for 6.20pm in the Fashion Studio and lasts for approximately one hour including an opportunity to ask questions. Ticket includes admission to the exhibition and guests are welcome to view this before or after the talk.

Price £15 / £12 students includes a complimentary drink and exhibition entry.

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Jessica Hemmings studied Textile Design at the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating with a BFA (Honors) in 1999, and Comparative Literature (Africa/Asia) at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, earning an MA (Distinction) in 2000. Her PhD, awarded by the University of Edinburgh in 2006, is published by Kalliope paperbacks under the title Yvonne Vera: The Voice of Cloth (2008). She has taught at Central Saint Martins, Rhode Island School of Design, Winchester School of Art and Edinburgh College of Art.

In 2010 Jessica edited a collection of essays titled In the Loop: Knitting Now published by Black Dog and in 2012 edited The Textile Reader (Berg) and wrote Warp & Weft (Bloomsbury). Her most recent editorial and curatorial project, Cultural Threads, is a book about postcolonial thinking and contemporary textile practice (Bloomsbury: 2015) accompanied by a travelling exhibition Migrations. From 2012-2016 Jessica was Professor of Visual Culture and Head of the School of Visual Culture at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin. She is currently Professor of Crafts & Vice-Prefekt of Research at the Academy of Design & Crafts (HDK), University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Caron Penney studied Constructed Textiles at Middlesex University, graduating with a BA (Hons) in 1993. She was a Master Weaver and Director of the West Dean Tapestry Studio from 1993 – 2013, subsequently she opened her own Atelier in West Sussex (as featured in House & Garden magazine in November 2017). Penney is an artist and has exhibited both nationally and internationally and is a member of the Contemporary Applied Arts and the 62 Group of Textile Artists. She has taught Tapestry Weaving at the Fashion and Textiles Museum since 2013.

Image: ‘A portrait of clive’, 2017 by Daisy May Collingridge. Mask: jersey and wadding. Photo taken by Peter Collingridge.

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