Thursday 17 March / 6–8pm
Discuss why textiles are the most ubiquitous, diverse and consistently creative art form on the planet.
Join curator Mary Schoeser, along with textile experts from higher education, museums and conservation, for a celebration of the spectacular and enduring appeal of textiles across time and cultures. In this engaging talk, world textile expert Mary Schoeser explores not only the beauty, subtlety and complexity of textiles, but also the fundamental role they have played throughout all human civilization. Drawing together knowledge developed over a lifetime of immersion in textile design, art and history, Schoeser underscores the importance of context for appreciating the exquisite detail of fabric and cloth. The talk also touches on exciting developments, from dye technology to screen-printing, during the 1960s and 70s which are explored in the exhibition Art Textiles.
Juxtaposing historical and contemporary examples, the talk highlights the skill and imagination of textile designers throughout history, and their remarkable range of achievements. You will leave with a profound belief in why textiles deserve to be at the heart of the curriculum.
Mary Schoeser is a writer and curator, who is internationally recognised as one of the leading scholars in the field of wallpaper, design and textile history. She is the author of TEXTILES The Art of Mankind.
The event starts at 6pm with a drinks reception and an opportunity to view the exhibition Art Textiles; the talk follows at 6.15pm for 6.30pm in the Fashion Studio and lasts for approximately one hour including the chance to ask questions at the end.
Price: £15 / £12 students
Includes entry to Art Textiles: Marian Clayden exhibition plus a drinks reception and teaching materials.
Image (Left): TEXTILES Art of Mankind Book cover. By Mary Schoeser. Image (Right): Marian Clayden, Joyful Noise, 1971. Silk yardage: folded, multistage stitch-resist-dyed, discharged. Photo © Roger ClaydenFrequently Asked Questions