Festival of Textiles 2016

Display Dates: 11 March – 17 April 2016
Discover textile history, tradition, design and making at the Fashion and Textile Museum Festival of Textiles. A series of displays, talks and workshops brings together some of the best and brightest textile developers, artists and designers now working in the UK. Curated by Mary Schoeser, Diana Harrison and Linda Brassington, the Festival aims to illuminate contemporary practice and open minds to the ways in which textiles enrich lives.

Textiles Surface and Structure is a display of work, designed and made on the BA Hons Textiles course at UCA Farnham. Led by artist and designer Sharon Ting, the course forms part of the only School of Crafts and Design in the UK and aims to fuse traditional skills with innovative materials-based textile design. The display in the Fashion Studio features work by Ting as well as that of final year students and recent graduates including Joanne Hayward, Janice Webb, Louise Anderson, Charlotte Stewart, Alice Howard-Graham, Christine Teeling, Ceri Buller, Ellie Rothero and Claire Hunsinger.

Chemistry for Couture features the practice-based research of metal horticulturalist Jo Horton. The electro-chemically grown stitch and embellishment techniques developed by Horton are informed by the history of bespoke, handmade, metallic textiles for fashion since the 16th century. At the centre of the display will be two outfits showing electro-formed embellishment created as part of Horton’s post graduate research at De Montfort University.

Gesture in Cloth is an installation of works selected to represent a breadth of approach as taken by seven professionals. Curated by Linda Brassington, it reflects her current doctoral research exploring craft and the notion of making in textiles as an intervention with materials – a subtle balance between the artist’s hand and material properties. Featuring work by Louise Renae Anderson, Sally Greaves-Lord, Diana Harrison, Robert Moon, Ann Richards, Mary Restieaux and Brassington herself, visitors can observe the varying ways in which each artist has developed a growing personal language in fibre, thread and cloth, chemicals, dyes and pigments. In their different ways, each piece demonstrates a transformation of textile substance. Together, they form a collection of ideas in the making: gesture in cloth.

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