The Skill of Constructed Sculptural Textiles

Thursday 14 October | 6 - 7:30pm | £5 | ONLINE EVENT

Hostile Landscape - detail - Ann Goddard

The 62 Group of Textile Artists presents The Skill of Constructed Sculptural Textiles, the fourth talk in their popular annual lecture series at the Fashion and Textile Museum. This online lecture will introduce 62 Group members Lucy Brown and Ann Goddard and their respective practices.

Lucy Browns’ art is driven by her interests in personal and collective experiences, embodiment, femaleness, craft-labour and nostalgia. She works with a mixed palette of old unwanted clothing and hair - domestic and personal artefacts as raw material. These raw materials manifest into woven installations, anti-form sculptures, site-specific interventions and individual pieces.

At this online event, Lucy will present the lecture ‘Building it up and cutting it down’, giving an insight into her textile art practice and its wider context, while considering textile terms relating to sculptural textiles and the overlay of its so-called categories. Lucy will explore some of these terms in context with selected artworks in recent Latvia and Poland Textile Triennials.

Ann Goddard is a mixed media textile artist based in Cheshire. She has an MA in Fine Art, having previously studied creative embroidery, constructed textiles, and ceramics. Ann creates three-dimensional textile and mixed media constructions, assemblages and small installations comprising multiple units.

Ann’s talk will give an insight into her practice and show how research into human impact on nature influences the choice of materials, processes, techniques and construction of her work. Ann will highlight three pieces of work which are part of an ongoing project, exploring local and global ecological issues: ‘On the Brink’, an award-winning work consisting of 100 small pupa forms made from burnt and dyed bark cloth, ‘Extinction’ an installation of 40 small sculptures alluding to the loss of biodiversity and ‘Hostile Landscape’, a floor-based installation consisting of nine units suggestive of paving slabs.

Throughout this online event, both artists will explore the roles of constructed and sculptural textiles within their own practice, discussing their inspirations, successes and visions for on-going bodies of work.

Price: £5


Lucy Brown is based in Brighton, UK and is a graduate of a Goldsmiths Textile Art degree in 1995. Since then, Lucy has continued to make work for exhibitions, commissions and contributed to art education. Her work is represented in several public art collections including The Lodz Central Museum of Textiles, Poland, The textWhitworth, Manchester, UK and Nottingham City Museums & Galleries, UK. Professor Catherine Harpers essay about Browns’ textile art practice titled “Domestic Spaces: The Uncanny Lucy Brown’ was published in spring 2019 of the USA edition of Surface Design Journal.

Ann Goddard is a mixed media, textile artist based in Cheshire. She has an MA in Fine Art, having previously studied creative embroidery, constructed textiles, and ceramics. Her work has won awards and prizes, the most recent being the prestigious Vlieseline Fine Art Textile Award 2019. She has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally and has been a member of the 62 Group of Textile Artists since 2005.

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.  

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. 

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