FABRIC: The Hidden History of the Material World

Thursday 9 December | 6pm – 7:30pm | £5 | ONLINE EVENT

Join bestselling author Victoria Finlay as she unwinds history through the medium of clothStories of our relationship with cloth are woven in with questions of how and why people through the ages have made it, worn it, invented itmade symbols out of it, and sometimes why they have fought for it. 

Finlay goes in search of these stories, finding herself beating the inner bark of trees into cloth in Papua New Guinea, failing to hand spin cotton in Guatemala, visiting tweed weavers at their homes in Harris, and having lessons in patchwork-making in Gee’s Bend, Alabama  where in the 1930s, deprived of almost everything they owned, a community of women turned quilting into an art form. 

Her research began just after the deaths of both her parents, making the book as much about her journey through grief and recovery as it is about the hidden history of fabric. By delving into the past, Finlay was able to find peace and comfort with the difficulties she faced in the present.

Victoria Finlay is the critically acclaimed author of Colour – Travels Through the Paintbox and the former arts editor of the South China Morning Post. She studied social anthropology and has travelled around the world in search of stories about her subjects, from colour to jewels and fabric. As well as writing, she has worked in international development. She can be found on Twitter @victoriafinlay.

Price: £5

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 1.5 hours, followed by a Q&A session at the end.  

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