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The Secret Life of Scissors – Tales of the unexpected…

Join collector and curator Teresa Collenette and explore the fascinating world of scissors through a patchwork of images and tales.

Do you know where your scissors are? Humble everyday objects that are frequently overlooked, scissors are often more noticeable by their absence than their presence. Silently they lie, forgotten, dormant at the back of a cluttered drawer or the bottom of an overflowing sewing basket until their services are required. As two individual blades scissors are unremarkable but when they are joined together, they become a technological tour de force with a double life simultaneously creative and destructive.

A universal and democratic tool that empowers us all to perform an array of tasks from the ordinary to the extraordinary, scissors are also objects surrounded by superstition, symbolism and myth. Enter the world of scissors and tumble down a fascinating rabbit hole where you will discover that scissors are so much more than a functional inanimate object. Referencing her personal collection of scissors and related objects, Teresa Collenette will share snippets and tales that will ensure you never see scissors in the same light again.

Teresa Collenette is a design historian. A graduate of the Royal College of Art / Victoria and Albert Museum History of Design Masters programme, she is part of the curatorial team at the Fashion and Textile museum and has contributed to many exhibitions including Swinging London, Zandra Rhodes: 50 Years of Fabulous and the upcoming Beautiful People.

Tickets: £5

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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.

Annie Phillips: Modern Batik

Join batik artist Annie Phillips as she discusses her artistic practice and career through this online in conversation event.

Annie Phillips creates bold, vivid works of art using batik, an ancient form of wax-resist dyeing that can be traced back to ancient Egypt and variations of which can be found across the world. Join Phillips as she shares her experiences of studying with craftsman in Indonesia and Ghana, and her passion for this incredible and versatile craft.

Ahead of the opening of her display Annie Phillips: Ancient Technique and Contemporary Art, hear how she approaches her work with an infectious creativity and aims to share her love of this craft, making it accessible to as many people as possible. Find out how she adapts her artworks to produce a range of products through her brand Annie Phillips Art for living and her many collaborations with designers and architects.

Annie’s display Annie Phillips: Ancient Technique and Contemporary Art is located in the museums Fashion Studio and is included with tickets to 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.

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.

Chinelo Bally in Conversation

Join author and sewing expert Chinelo Bally in conversation as she celebrates the publication of her new book Sew Chinelo: How to transform your wardrobe with sustainable style.

Chinelo began sewing ten years ago when she bought her first sewing machine. Shortly after, she shot to fame through competing in BBC’s ‘The Great British Sewing Bee’ – where she finished second – and her professional sewing career took off. As part of this online conversation hear how her own sewing journey started with upcycling existing garments so they would fit her better and how she became known for her signature freehand cutting techniques.

Take this opportunity to delve into Chinelo’s sustainable approach to making clothing, minimising waste, maximising creativity and get inspired. Hear some of her top tips for re-inventing your existing wardrobe, creating stunning garments that are the perfect antidote to fast fashion.

Chinelo Bally is a Nigerian-born Brit who appeared on the BBC’s ‘Great British Sewing Bee’, where she wowed judges with her freehand cutting method and distinctive use of fabrics. Chinelo is the author of Freehand Fashion and is an expert on BBC2’s upcoming show ‘Saved and Remade’.

Chinelo’s new book, Sew Chinelo, is published by Collins & Brown 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.

Designing Women: Post-War British Textiles

Britain was at the forefront of international textile design in the 1950s and 1960s. The art of textile design radically changed after the Second World War and three women artists working in England in the 1950s were pivotal in this artistic revolution. Join Head of Exhibitions Dennis Nothdruft as he explores how the drab days of the War were transformed by the fresh, progressive designs of Lucienne Day (1917–2010), Jacqueline Groag (1903–86) and Marian Mahler (1911– 83).

Through this online talk, Dennis will reflect upon the exhibition Designing Women: Post-war British textiles which was originally held at the museum in 2012. He will discuss the artists bold abstract patterns, as well as the use of saturated colour, and talk about how these designs marked a dramatic departure from conventional furnishing fabrics. Hear how this new wave of bold textile designs, helped to bring the influences of the art world and largely abstract forms, into the contemporary home.

Dennis Nothdruft  is Head of Exhibitions at the Fashion and Textile Museum. He has led the exhibitions team at the Museum since it was founded by Zandra in 2003 and previously spent many years working as a design assistant in Zandra Rhodes studios in both San Diego and London.

Ticket: £5.00

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 1pm 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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