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Curator Talk: Chintz Cotton in Bloom

Friday 9 April | 1pm – 2:30pm | £7.50 | Online Event

Meet the curators behind the upcoming exhibition Chintz: Cotton in Bloom in this illustrated panel discussion chaired by Head of Exhibitions Dennis Nothdruft. Join us as we take an exclusive fist look at images from the exhibition showing some of the 150 examples of this treasured textile, originating from all around the world; from mittens to wall hangings and from extravagant 18th-century sun hats to stylish mourning dresses.

On the panel will be Gieneke Arnolli, former curator of Fashion and textiles, Fries Museum Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. As curator of Chintz: Cotton in Bloom Gieneke will discuss the collection and conception of this beautiful exhibition and share some of the history surrounding chintz. Also joining the panel will be internationally respected textile expert and author Mary Schoeser, curator of the display Victorian Chintz and its Legacy. Mary will offer her illuminating perspective on English Chintz, its development and place in textile history today.

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Panel:

Gieneke Arnolli trained as a teacher of visual Arts, Aesthetic Education, Art and Costume History in Groningen. She worked as a teacher in textiles from 1977-1995.  From 1980 until 2018 she was curator of fashion, textiles and folk art at the Fries Museum in Leeuwarden. A Provincial Museum with a rich and fascinating textile collection: traditional costumes and fashion, samplers, Indian chintzes and many types of quilts and quilting. She has curated major exhibitions on textiles, undertaking the research and publishing: “Chintz exotic textiles in Friesland” (1990), “The Great Show on Lace” (about ‘Holland’ bobbin lace, 2003), “Letter by letter”(about Frisian samplers, 2004) and “Quilts, Art with a capital Q” (2009). Her most recent exhibitions are “Knitting” (2015) and “Chintz, cotton in bloom” which is now on show in London. Nowadays she is engaged with textile friends campaigning for the use of local wool in the project “Pleed”, www.pleed.nl.

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 Chintz: Cotton In Bloom exhibition.

Chair: 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.

The exhibition Chintz: Cotton in Bloom is due to open on the 18 May (restrictions permitting), to visit in person book your tickets here.

Exhibition Organised by the Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. www.friesmuseum.nl

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.

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