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Looms for sale: Glasgow School of Art

Glasgow School of Art are selling the following 7 looms as they are moving to new premises. If you are interested in purchasing a loom/s please contact: Technicians – Chantal Balmer (Mon/Tues/Weds) and Heather Shields (Thurs/Fri). or
Tel: 0141 353 4603

All looms are available to view now but cannot be collected until November 22nd 2013 and must be picked up from Glasgow School of Art only.

See below for images.
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Deirdre Wood: Peter Collingwood Trust Award Winner 2013

interlocking rings_ Dierdre Wood LRUK weaver Deirdre Wood is this year’s winner of the Peter Collingwood Trust Prize for the most innovative loom based textile. Founded in memory of one of Britain’s most celebrated weavers, this national award was given in recognition of Deirdre’s unique and inventive circular weaving technique that she uses to create woven rings and discs.

Deirdre, who has lived and worked in Winchester for almost thirty years, works as a hand-weaver and dyer creating abstract architectural tapestries using silk, linen, cotton and wool. The new approach to weaving she has devised uses the contrasting properties of linen and silk to create rings and discs. Although the cloth is woven straight, it becomes dramatically curved when cut from the loom and treated by finishing processes.

Strip woven fabric has long been a fascination for Deirdre and on winning the Clothworker’s Travel Award from the Royal Society of Arts, while a student in 1996, she travelled to Mali, West Africa, to study Bogolanfini and indigo textiles produced by the Bamana and Dogon tribespeople. These cloths are strip-woven on simple back-strap looms.

Earlier this year Deirdre was one of three textile artists selected to represent the UK at the 14th Triennial of Tapestry in Poland. After her woven rings were exhibited at the Royal Society of Arts, London, they travelled to Poland where they are now displayed at the Central Museum of Textiles in Lodz, until Nov. 3rd 2013. Deidre Wood website
Deirdre Wood portrait LR

Exhibitions: Modern Makers & Model:Making – Ptolemy Mann

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Ptolemy Mann
will  be showing as part of the exhibition Modern Makers at Chatsworth House this September. Curated by Sarah Griffin and presented by Sothebys, it’s a selling exhibition of contemporary applied art across several disciplines. Exhibitors were invited to make work in direct response to the house and its collection in some shape or form. After several visits Ptolemy created an installation of nine 250 x 70cm artworks called Chromatogenous  (meaning ‘to generate colour’). Dates: 18th September – 23rd December 2013

Each artwork represents a single colour (from left to right; Ultramarine : Aquamarine : Indigo) that is in some way significant within the house and textile archive at Chatsworth.

Each piece is an exploration of deep emotive colour and will be shown in sequence on a long wall within the New Gallery. More details can be seen here.

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Juried Exhibition: Complexity 2014 – call for entries

complexity logoComplex Weavers announces its biennial international juried exhibition ‘Complexity 2014’ featuring works employing complex weave structures interlacing threads and fibers in ways beyond plain weave.

Complex weaving is defined by the cloth produced and the mind it took to create it, not by the equipment used. There is no requirement that the work must be woven on a minimum number of shafts or on a Jacquard loom. Works with historic inspiration and interpretations, as well as non-loom interlacements such as ply split braiding, kumihimo and tablet weaving are welcome.

Eligibility: All Complex Weavers members and students at accredited colleges and universities may submit entries. Non-member artists may join Complex Weavers by the submission date and submit entries. Students must provide proof of full-time current registration. Students are not required to be members of Complex Weavers. All entries will be evaluated by three jurors.

Each artist may submit three works. All work must be original, not executed under supervision and completed after July, 2012. Weight of each work must not exceed 25 lbs (11.4 kg) including hanging and display hardware per work.

Submissions must not have been previously published in any printed publication or national exhibit prior to submission. Accepted works must remain for the duration of the exhibit (August 1, 2014).

The exhibition: Complexity 2014 will travel to three locations in 2014: University of Nebraska, Lincoln NE, Hotel Murano, Tacoma WA and Brown University, Providence RI. Entry is easy via email and review fees may be paid through PayPal.
Entry deadline is November 18, 2013. Entry Form is available here
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Symposium: Textile Matters: Collections – re scheduled

4.Rossbach_AshSplintsRicePaperHeatTransfer-87-8_Wagners_Rhine_Journey11x9x9-475x540TextileMatters: Collections.

A Bath School of Art & Design, Textile Research Centre are delighted to confirm the (re-scheduled) symposium event.

• Anna Jackson, Keeper of the Asian Department, V&A
• Frances Pritchard, Curator (Textiles), Whitworth Art Gallery
• Mary Schoeser, Textile historian, curator and writer
• Christina Leitner, Creative Director, Textile Centre Haslach, Austria

For centuries, people have collected things that hold special interest, meaning or cultural significance, or merely satisfy a sense of connectivity to peoples, places or times. Formal collections, both public and private, house remarkable and unique artefacts where provenance can be rare and information scarce. Textiles are particularly precious objects in this context, with some barely surviving the passage of time, whilst others remain as fresh and alive as the day they were last stitched, woven or dyed. These artefacts often carry important meaning in the stories of how and why they got there, the historical or technical insight they provide, or purely as things of fascination to excite, inform and inspire new ideas.
This broad and stimulating day will explore the value, interpretation, celebration and display of world-class collections.

In conjunction with ChromeYellow Books, the event will include signings of titles by the speakers, as well as the chance to shop a fantastic range of textile and related titles.

Convened by Tim Parry-Williams, Senior Lecturer Textiles, Bath School of Art & Design, this is the latest event presented by the new Textile Research Centre at Bath Spa University’s Corsham Court Campus.
Date: Friday 1st November 2013, 10am – 4pm
Location: Bath Spa University, Corsham Court, Corsham, Wiltshire, SN13 OBZ

Tickets (to include light lunch and morning/afternoon refreshments):
Full rate £45
Students (NUS registered) £20

Booking (Tickets on sale from Monday 16th September – Tuesday 29th October):
Contact: Adele Milton (Bath School of Art & Design, Reception)
Tel: 01225-875533
NOTE: Early e-enquires welcomed, but bookings will be taken from Monday 16th September.

Image: Wagners Rhine Journey. Ed Rossbach 1987-8. Courtesy of Bath Spa website

Publication: Digital Jacquard Design – Julie Holyoke

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Digital Jacquard Design. For centuries, the creation of Jacquard cloth required the collaborative efforts of teams of designers and technicians working on vastly complex equipment. In the past three decades, developments in loom technology and CAD systems have made it possible for a single individual to design and produce this most challenging class of textiles.

Digital Jacquard Design presents a comprehensive introduction to the creation of weave patterning in the era of digitally piloted looms. It offers both aesthetic and technical training for students of figured weaving, covering the Jacquard medium in fantastic breadth and depth.

The book is an essential guide for all who create figured textiles with modern materials and tools, and provides the reader with a ‘digital’ key to access and employ the great textile traditions of the past.

Digital Jacquard Design examines the design process from end to end, progressing from visual analysis, sample analysis and weave-drafting methods, to figuring techniques and the selection and building of weaves. It provides a guide to converting traditional drafts to digital polychrome format, a design terminology and a weave glossary. The book concludes with a rich set of case studies to demonstrate ingenious and effective weave and design solutions.

Publication date Oct 10th 2013

Julie Holyoke  is a textile designer for hand loom and industrial production; she teaches CAD textile design in Italy at the Lisio Foundation and abroad.

Text: Bloomsbury Publishing