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Handmade: A Scientists Search for Meaning Through Making

This is the story of materials through making and doing. Through a mixture of memoir, storytelling, stand-up comedy and scientific explanations, join award-winning materials scientist and writer Dr Anna Ploszajski on an odyssey through the different materials of science and craft.

This online talk is the story of a young scientist trying to find true meaning in her science, and its – and her – place in the world. We’ll meet papermaking, wood-carving, cold-working metal, glass-blowing, sugar work, felting and flint-knapping. One thing’s for sure, you’ll never look at metals, plastics, ceramics and textiles in the same way again.

Dr Anna Ploszajski is an award-winning materials scientist, engineer and communicator. A self-described materials generalist, she works at the frontline of new materials technologies. A patent holder by the age of 22, Anna has packed a lot into a short space of time – her career as a materials scientist has seen her work in labs at NASA in Florida, attempt to break a land-speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, and power Glastonbury Festival using hydrogen. Anna also works as a freelance science communicator, regularly performing science shows and stand-up comedy about her work to audiences across the UK and internationally, from The Cheltenham Science Festival and the Royal Institution to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Anna has discussed materials science and engineering on numerous national radio and TV programs and she is also the host of her own podcast about materials, Handmade.

Annas new book ‘Handmade: A Scientists Search for Meaning Through Making’ is published on the 13 May by Bloomsbury and is available for pre-order via the museum online shop.

Tickets: £5

BOOK YOUR TICKETS
This talk will take place on the streaming platform Microsoft Teams Live, details of how to access the talk will be included in your booking confirmation. You will receive a unique link via email prior to the event, if you are planning to use a smartphone or tablet you will need to download the Microsoft Teams App which can be found for free in your devices App Store. Please ensure you are using the most recent operating system on your device and you can access Microsoft Teams to ensure you have the best experience.  Please note the tickets sales cut-off for this event is 2 hours before the start time.

The talk starts at 6pm and lasts for approximately one hour, followed by a Q&A session at the end.

Online Events take place live at the time and date specified above. A recording of the Online Event is not included in the purchase of your ticket. If you are unavailable at the time and date above, please keep an eye on our Events on Demand, where all recordings that meet our quality specifications will be available to purchase in due course.

If you have any questions regarding this talk, please get in touch via our contact form.

Resilient Stitch: Wellbeing and Connection in Textile Art

Join textile artist and writer Claire Wellsley Smith in this online in conversation as she discusses her new book Resilient Stitch: Wellbeing and Connection in Textile Art.

Claire Wellesley-Smith has long been fascinated by the concept of ‘resilience’, as part of this talk hear how she explores this theme in her new book, through the art itself and in the people creating it. Through this conversation Claire will discuss the concept of resilience and its connection to mental wellbeing and place it into the context of the coronavirus pandemic illustrated by one stitch community’s response to it.

Hear how she has explored the historic legacy of the textile industry, particularly in West Yorkshire where she lives, discussing the relation of textiles to the environment, highlighting ideas around waste, recycling and climate change. Share in Claire’s passion for the importance of stitch in our communities today and the enduring power of fabric creations passed down through generations.

Claire Wellesley-Smith is a textile artist, writer and researcher, based in Bradford, West Yorkshire. Her long-term community engagement projects explore textile heritage, wellbeing and slow craft techniques. She teaches and exhibits internationally and advises on heritage, museum and craft research projects.

Claire’s new book, Resilient Stitch: Wellbeing and Connection in Textile Art, is published by Batsford and is available for pre order via our online shop.

Tickets: £5

BOOK YOUR TICKETS
This talk will take place on the streaming platform Microsoft Teams Live, details of how to access the talk will be included in your booking confirmation. You will receive a unique link via email prior to the event, if you are planning to use a smartphone or tablet you will need to download the Microsoft Teams App which can be found for free in your devices App Store. Please ensure you are using the most recent operating system on your device and you can access Microsoft Teams to ensure you have the best experience.  Please note the tickets sales cut-off for this event is 2 hours before the start time.

The talk starts at 6pm and lasts for approximately one hour, followed by a Q&A session at the end.

Online Events take place live at the time and date specified above. A recording of the Online Event is not included in the purchase of your ticket. If you are unavailable at the time and date above, please keep an eye on our Events on Demand, where all recordings that meet our quality specifications will be available to purchase in due course.

If you have any questions regarding this talk, please get in touch via our contact form.

The Flowering of English Chintz: 1800 –1875

Join curator and world textile expert Mary Schoeser for this online lecture exploring English Chintz.

Chintzes, those multi-coloured floral printed cottons that were already widely known and loved by 1800 and had originally owed their appearance to India. Yet during the first 75 years of the nineteenth century, British designers developed a style that was unique. It owed something to India and to the French but was even more influenced by the creation of English gardens, the most famous of which is Kew Gardens, officially founded as a national botanical garden in 1840.

This online lecture demonstrates how designs changed over the period, as well as highlighting the importance of women as consumers, whose tastes were informed by new trends in gardening and collections of botanical prints. Mary will also illustrate the chintzes that were criticised as bad taste and reveals whether that made them more of less popular.

Mary Schoeser is an internationally respected textile and wallpaper historian who has published and curated widely. She has collaborated with many museums over her 40-year career, including the Fashion Textile Museum, London; the V&A – where she is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow – and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. As an historic textile advisor, she has worked with English Heritage, the National Trust and private house owners, and as a consultant archivist, with organisations such as Laura Ashley, Sanderson and the John Lewis Partnership. Most recently Mary has curated Victorian Chintz and its Legacy as part of the museums upcoming exhibition Chintz: Cotton In Bloom.

Tickets: £5

BOOK YOUR TICKETS
This talk will take place on the streaming platform Microsoft Teams Live, details of how to access the talk will be included in your booking confirmation. You will receive a unique link via email prior to the event, if you are planning to use a smartphone or tablet you will need to download the Microsoft Teams App which can be found for free in your devices App Store. Please ensure you are using the most recent operating system on your device and you can access Microsoft Teams to ensure you have the best experience.  Please note the tickets sales cut-off for this event is 2 hours before the start time.

The talk starts at 6pm and lasts for approximately one hour, followed by a Q&A session at the end.

Online Events take place live at the time and date specified above. A recording of the Online Event is not included in the purchase of your ticket. If you are unavailable at the time and date above, please keep an eye on our Events on Demand, where all recordings that meet our quality specifications will be available to purchase in due course.

If you have any questions regarding this talk, please get in touch via our contact form.

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