Select Festival 2017 is a celebration of visual arts on from 29th to April 28th May at various venues in Gloucestershire with over 150 artists taking part. There are exhibitions, workshops, events, talks and a one day symposium plus Select Trail Open Studios in the Stroud Valleys
DIS/rupting Tradition: New Textile Languages. Select Festival 2017 presents a symposium linked to the lead exhibition DIS/rupt.
One Day Symposium – Co-ordinated by Dr Melanie Miller
Date: Sat 6th May 2017.
Times: 11am – 4pm
Dr Melanie Miller has convened a thought-provoking symposium to run alongside the Textile Study Group’s exhibition DIS/rupt. Focussing on the theme of disrupting tradition, the symposium will address issues around ‘new textile languages’.
Speakers: Dr Melanie Miller; Alice Kettle; June Hills and Michelle Stephens.
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Weaving Futures is an exhibition at London Transport Museum highlighting the importance of woven textile design to the London Transport system. The exhibition explores the process and making of digital woven textiles, as part of the Museums’, Designology season. Weaving Futures is curated by Philippa Brock and Samuel Plant Dempsey.
Each week, visitors will can see invited designers/artists in residence in the Designology studio, who will be working on a project brief and interacting with a weaver in their residency dates. The weavers will be interpreting the residents work live into digital woven textile prototypes and final works on a state-of-the-art TC2 digital jacquard loom.
Week 10 & 11 features: Collaboration with Dr. Priti Veja, Samuel Plant Dempsey & Philippa Brock
Residency dates: 23rd – 28th, 30 & 31st Jan 2017
Activity days: 25th / 26th & 30th Jan 2017
Researchers & Design consultants Philippa Brock, Samuel Plant Dempsey & Dr. Priti Veja will be coming together in Weaving Futures to work collaboratively on concept issues based design for transport, combining their expertise in design thinking, 3D digital woven jacquard/haptics, product design/3D printing and woven E-textiles.
Samuel Plant Dempsey
Samuel Dempsey is a Product Designer at Transport for London (TfL) designing more effective solutions for transport in London across all modes, from walking to trains. Collaborating with experts, from electrical engineers to textile weavers to create innovative designs through rigorous research that are both highly effective and aesthetically engaging. Currently he is working extensively on improving the both the ambience of underground train interiors and usability for passengers with reduced mobility and vision.
Previously he studied at the RCA exploring how design can provoke critical public engagement through the creation of products as actors, translating estrangement techniques from Epic Theatre into both critical and pragmatic design solutions. Sam previously worked for Nokia and Microsoft as a 3D Printing Specialist and Industrial Designer. Continue reading →
Textile Institute – London South East England Section
The Bristol Weaving Mill: Britain’s first all female weaving mill and the relevance of hand weaving in modern textile manufacturing
In 2009, designers Juliet Bailey and Franki Brewer combined their hand-weaving and industrial experience to form Dash & Miller, a studio specialising in the design and development of woven fabrics for fashion and interiors.
Six years later in 2015, such was their success, the design duo opened their own industrial production facility – The Bristol Weaving Mill – the first cloth weaving mill to operate in Bristol for 90 years, where they weave bespoke cloth for a variety of end-uses.
Juliet and Franki will talk about how they got to this point – how their studio work had quickly developed providing woven textile design and consultancy across the UK, Europe, USA, and Asia, working with such companies as Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, and Louis Vuitton, as well as producing custom woven fabrics in collaboration with Stephen Walters & Sons, the oldest surviving silk mill in Britain – and how they were able to set up their own mill, and the relevance of hand weaving in modern textile manufacturing.
Date: Wednesday 5 October 2016
Time: 6.30pm for 7pm until 8.30pm
London College of Fashion – Room G05
272 High Holborn
Entrance: Members and Students Free
Non Members £5
To book contact Bill Bohm: E: email@example.com
Image: The Bristol Weaving Mill
Textiles Taking Shape
Alison Ellen, Ann Richards, Deirdre Wood
Dates: Saturday 30 April – Sunday 22 May
Museum in the Park Stratford park Stroud GL5 4AF
Times: Tuesday – Friday 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday and Sunday 11 am – 5 pm
Open Bank Holidays
Soft Engineering brings together, for the first time, the work of three inspiring textile designer makers. Having pursued separate careers in knitting and weaving, they find many common threads that have now inspired them to work together on this joint exhibition. Despite employing different techniques and structures, their approaches interconnect and cross over in intriguing and sometimes surprising ways.
Their passion for textiles shines through the original work that has been specifically created for this fascinating exhibition. Soft Engineering introduces a central theme of textiles that take shape through the interplay of raw material and structure that plays out in varied ways: repetition/displacement of simple shapes, pleating, folding, twisting and double-sided fabrics.
The exhibition will be complemented by workshops and a half day seminar.
Deirdre brings a fresh approach to the ancient technique of strip weaving, with strips that are twisted before being joined by sewing. The result is a cloth that moves into the third dimension, creating geometric pieces designed for architectural settings. Ikat-dyeing brings dynamic movement and extra definition to these abstract forms. Her most recent work breaks new ground as curving strips emerge from the contrasting properties of linen and silk.
Ann weaves fabrics that are smooth and rectangular on the loom but are transformed when soaked in water. The energy of high-twist wools and silks is released, causing yarns to spiral spontaneously, pleating the fabrics into flexible, textured scarves and clothes. Her latest work, a range of textile jewellery, combines these traditional materials with a silk/steel yarn that gives the fabric a temporary ‘memory’ for additional pleats and folds.
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Select Showcase opens in Cheltenham in the historic Cheltenham Town Hall running for 3 days: 23rd – 25th October.
Presented by SITselect the Showcase will be a 3 day festival, bringing individual maker stands plus a stimulating mix of talks, workshops, demonstrations. There is also a one day conference.
There are 78 makers’ stands, 4 Colleges of Art and Design showing graduate’s work, an area featuring World Textile stands and exhibitions of contemporary craft work. There is the chance to learn something new, buy something extraordinary, or just admire the outstanding creativity of our designers and crafts people.
A major part of the Showcase is a series of talks with speakers immersed in the world of weaving.
Rethreaded series of talks
Friday 23rd offers a series of stimulating talks around weaving journeys.
In Conversation Penny Wheeler & Maryrose Watson
Chair: Theo Wright
Penny Wheeler is a hand-loom weaver and artist who explores the complexities of the craft whilst also subverting the conventions of the discipline.
Maryrose and Penny will be in conversation with Theo Wright discussing how they work, the freedom and limitations of working within a grid and how colour informs their practice.
Jilly Edwards in conversation with Ismini Samanidou
Two tapestry greats delve into their different methods of working.
Jilly is a tapestry weaver and Ismini a weaver both hand weaving and jacquard. They have a shared language and a common understanding through threads.
Chaired by Felicity Aylieff
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Symposium: What is handwoven tapestry’s place in contemporary art?
Date: Friday 31 July 2015
Venue: The Old Library, West Dean College, West Dean, Chichester, West Sussex
Time: 11.00 – 17.00
West Dean Tapestry Studio, one of only two commercial studios in the UK, has announced a Tapestry Symposium to be held at West Dean College, internationally renowned for Creative Arts and Conservation. The symposium will explore the status of hand woven tapestry within the context of contemporary art and craft practices.
Speakers include; Professor Lesley Millar, Director of Anglo Japanese Textile Research Centre at the School of Craft and Design;
Yvonna Demczynska, Founder and curator of Flow Gallery in Notting Hill, a consultant for the Crafts Council.
“A distinct feature of art can be its immediacy,” says Alison Baxter, Head of Creative Enterprise, West Dean Tapestry Studio. “Hand weaving is a time-rich creative practice and by its very nature the making of a tapestry is a lengthy, highly skilled process. Hand weavers are producing complex and innovative pieces.”
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Threads and Codes Symposium at Goldsmiths, London, March 6th 2015
Research symposium: Threads and Codes
Venue: 137 Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths, New Cross, London SE14 6NW
Register online (by 1st March): www.is.gd/threadscodes
Price: £7 (£5 concessions), including lunch.
The Weaving Codes, Coding Weaves project explores the practices of weaving and computer programming together, considering both looms and computers as algorithmic environments for creative work with pattern.
The connection between computing and the Jacquard loom is well known, but the project researchers want to go deeper in history and philosophy, to investigate traditional work with threads for its digital nature, including the genesis of discrete mathematics in ancient looms.
This will provide an unravelling of contemporary technology, finding an alternative account of computer programming with its roots in arts and craft. On this basis this symposium will investigate contemporary theoretical points where textile and code-based crafts connect.
All interested researchers and practitioners are warmly invited to join the project for Threads and Codes, an all-day symposium which will consist of diverse talks and panels exploring the above topics, co-organised by Dr Ellen Harlizius-Klück (International co-investigator), Dr Alex McLean (principal investigator) and Prof Janis Jefferies (project partner). The results of the symposium will feed into a special issue of Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture.
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