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Resource: The Weaving Communities of Practice Website

Fig1The Weaving Communities of Practice website, the result of an AHRC-funded project on textiles, culture and identity in the Andes, provides a great resource for anyone interested in Andean textiles and an inspiration for textile designers. The database is easily searchable around a number of themes and provides high-resolution full colour images of textiles from collections around the world.

The project is based at the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS) and the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at Birkbeck, University of London, with the Instituto de Lengua y Cultura Aymara (ILCA), in La Paz, Bolivia, in partnership with museums in the UK, Bolivia, Peru and Chile.

The principal feature of this website is a database of Andean textiles. Using the Textile Product Search, you can:

  • Search the database by key terms
  • View high-resolution images of textiles from collections around the world
  • Make thematic searches: on structure, technique, place, region, period, material and iconography
  • Make advanced searches, crossing and filtering data
  • Save text, images and searches
  • Print, export and send data

There is also a detailed guide to processes of textile manufacture, including images and video clips of techniques, instruments and structures; a glossary of textile-related terms in English, Spanish and Andean languages; an introduction to textile heritage; and bibliography.

Text and images: Weaving Communities of Practice website




Woven Textile Designer – Vanners: Vacancy filled July 2015

Laura Thomas photoVanners, Sudbury, Suffolk are looking for a woven textiles designer to be the Fashion/scarf assistant at Vanners silk weaving Mill.

The job will be based in Sudbury initially for 2-3 years but the applicant will then have the opportunity to work in the London office as the role progresses. Applicant needs to be outgoing with a strong technical knowledge, good with colour and image and also possess CAD skills, Photoshop or Illustrator for now an we can train them in Texcelle.

The role will be a combination of processing the fashion designs through the mill, working on new collections, colouring designs, working with various finishers, client meetings and liaising with London design office. There will be opportunities for travel to our various markets and trade fairs.

Must possess a keen interest in fashion and colour. This is a growing division so there is great opportunity for the role to expand. Note: Vacancy filled July 2015

Job: Lecturer of Creative Industries – Woven Textiles

Shetlandweave job imageLecturer of Creative Industries with a specialism in Woven Textiles. Shetland College

As part of the teaching team on our BA(Hons) Contemporary Textiles course and Creative Industries Department, you will deliver workshops in primarily in woven textiles. As well as teaching and supporting students, you will contribute to lesson planning, assessment and course development.

The duties of a Lecturer include:
• Teaching planned lessons and underpinning knowledge to students assigned to approved courses.
• Assessing students’ work in the classroom and in preparation time.
• Planning lessons; monitoring progress; assessing students work
• Keeping up to date with professional changes and participating in professional development.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced staff which can demonstrate the following:
• Professional background in woven textiles
• Teaching experience
• Relevant degree
• Excellent communication skills
• Flexibility, vision, energy, initiative and decisiveness

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The Humphries Weaving Company: Job

Weaveshed ImageTrainee Sales and Design Assistant 

The Humphries Weaving Company Ltd.

Humphries Weaving is a leading British manufacturer of custom Jacquard fabrics, gaining an international reputation in weaving fine furnishings.

With a varied portfolio of works they undertake client led projects for prestigious historical restorations, alongside the high end decorator market. They are looking to recruit a Trainee Sales and Design Assistant to join their team.

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British Council & Anou: Open Call for Residencies

201408_BC_Common_Thread_Project_009_jpg_940x528_q85_upscaleThe British Council and Anou are launching an open call seeking 3 UK-based design and craft practitioners for the second round of the Common Thread residencies.

The residencies will take place over a period of 3 weeks, when the residents will live in the High Atlas Mountains with artisans who are part of the Moroccan e-commerce artisan-led platform Anou. Residents and artisans will lead workshops and share their practices with each other in this exciting opportunity.

201408 BC Common Thread Project 049This residency is for UK-based practitioners. Applicants from design and craft backgrounds are preferred, though applications from other practitioners will be considered.

Residents will be given the opportunity to learn from artisans working across weaving, leather, jewellery, woodwork, ceramics and metalwork.

2015 residencies will run from approximately 10 – 31 August.

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West Dean Tapestry Symposium

Black Cat for Tracey Emin woven at West Dean Tapestry StudioSymposium: 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.

Lesley Millar Portrait2 Photo Credit - Damian ChapmanSpeakers 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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