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Exhibition: Tibor Reich


4) Tibor infront of Clifford Mill (his mill) 1950This year celebrates the centenary of pioneering designer Tibor Reich, who brought modernity into British textiles. A major retrospective at the Whitworth, Manchester opens 29th January – August 2016, accompanied by a publication ‘The Art of Colour and Texture’ available from March 2016.

His revolutionary designs for fabrics, transformed the appearance of both public buildings and domestic interiors in post-war Britain. Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1916, Reich studied architecture and textiles in Vienna before coming to Britain to study textiles at Leeds University. By the time he graduated in 1941 he was designing for London’s top couturiers including Hardy Amies and Edward Molyenux

In 1946 he set up Tibor Ltd, introducing bright new colours, unusual textures and innovative pottery into the drab interiors of post-war Britain. Based in Stratford-upon-Avon, the firm rapidly gained an international reputation, working on prestigious commissions including the 1951 Festival of Britain, the Royal Yacht Britannia (1954) and Concorde (1966).

His fabrics could also be found on post-war furniture including Ercol, Ernest Race and Gordon Russell.

17)Woven Textile Sample Cards 1950s_2

In 2015 Tibor Reich’s Grandson, Sam Reich, began the huge task of reviving his Grandfathers company, Tibor Ltd. The Weave Shed website played a vital role in this, helping Sam to establish contacts within the industry both yarn and manufacturing and in connecting with future employees.

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Weave Courses – Devon

Laura Thomas Rule BreakingTwo course are being offered by Laura Thomas and Rosalie Neilson at the Devon Weavers Workshop

Laura Thomas 2 – 4 April 2016
Rule breaking weaving

A workshop that is designed to encourage participants to break the rules of weaving, and push themselves outside of their comfort zones. The workshop will begin with a discussion and exploration of what the definition of weaving is and what the ‘rules’ are.

Participants will discuss what their preferred yarns, colour palettes and usual outcomes are. They will then be encouraged to do the opposite! As many samples as possible will be woven, many of which could then be further processed exploring finishing techniques such as devoré, discharge dyeing, melting, pleating, burning etc.

Weavers will be encouraged to explore ideas unencumbered by the restraints of functionality. Laura will bring a range of weft yarns for students to experiment with, detailed handouts, tools/materials to explore some finishing techniques, plus a portfolio of samples to look at.

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Exhibition: Malin Bobeck

IMG_0719mediumThose Who Affected Me

Gothenburg Museum of Art
Malin Bobek
Dates: December 5 2015 – February 21 2016

Those Who Affected Me is an interactive light emitting textile art installation. Suspended in mid air, over 1,5 meters tall, and 2,5 meter diameter, the four winged structure invites the audience to gently touch the textile and reacts by sending colorful ripples up and down the intricate fabric.

The custom designed jacquard textile is using optical fibers connected to about 500 individually programmable color LEDs, connected to a microcomputer. Thin, electrically conducting copper threads are woven in to create touch sensitive areas inside the fabric. The 11 meters of fabric are mounted with steel rods around a steel cylinder.

IMG_9560mediumThe sculpture is exhibited in an small room with tilted mirror walls, creating a distorted universe where the sculpture is multiplied in infinity. The project started off in winter 2015 as an idea of making an interactive fabric.

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Exhibition: Sheila Hicks | Why Not

Dates:5 March 2016 until 5 June 2016

The Tilburg TextielMuseum is pleased to announce a major retrospective of American artist and textile pioneer Sheila Hicks (1934). Internationally renowned, thanks to her participation in numerous large solo and group exhibitions, this is her first appearance in the Netherlands for many years.

Her colourful work, which ranges from monumental textile installations in buildings to metre-high sculptures and enchanting miniatures, has been making waves since the late 1950s. A varied selection of this free work is on display, alongside industrially produced materials and handmade prototypes.

08_SheilaHicksAttention is also be paid to Hicks’ special bond with the Netherlands. Photos, films, sketches, drawings and personal documents illustrate her peripatetic and productive life. Sheila Hicks | Why Not. features work spanning seven decades, on loan from (inter)national collections, and a piece made especially for this exhibition.

Hicks has been fascinated by art and textiles since she was a child. In the 1950s, she trained as a painter with former Bauhaus teacher Josef Albers. Through his wife Anni, a renowned textile designer, she was introduced to pre-Inca textiles.

After completing her thesis on the topic, she was awarded a scholarship to paint in Chile. During the period she spent in South America, she developed a particular interest in textiles. This interest took her all over the world, from Mexico and South Africa to Morocco and India. Wherever she went, she collaborated and exchanged knowledge with local artisans, artists and businesses.

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Free: large warping mill


Large vertical warping mill available for free.

Must be collected from De Montfort University in Leicester by end of June 2016 as the department is moving buildings and otherwise it will be scrapped.

Still in good working order, with a bit of wear and tear. Parts have been sanded down and one of the pegs is a bit wobbly. It is only being re-homed to make more space in the new room.

The board pictured on the top was there to store boxes on top and is not included.

It can make long warps, 20m plus, probably more and is currently dismantled.

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