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Exhibitions & Events: Dovecot Studios


Baths to Bobbins 10 years at Infirmary Street
From 29 March 2018

The Infirmary Street Baths were the first public baths in Edinburgh, built in 1885 by Robert Morham. Following the enactment in 1846 to Encourage the Establishment of Public Baths and Wash-houses, baths were built in Scotland from the 1850s to provide accessible washing facilities to improve public health. Until the 1870s women had to attend at different times from men. In the Ladies Baths space at Dovecot, we see an example of their needs being considered in the building design.

Dovecot was originally located at the site of the Corstorphine Castle, before moving in 2008 to Infirmary Street following a 2 year renovation and restoration project of the former Victorian baths building.

Celebrating 10 years of weaving in the Infirmary Street Baths, Dovecot will share some memories on the Tapestry Studio Viewing Balcony. The display titled Baths to Bobbins will explore memories of those who attended the Baths, the stories of the old Studio in Corstorphine, the saving of the Infirmary Street building and its conversion to a modern tapestry studio.

Screen for Another Focus | David Penny

25 May 2018 to 11 July 2018

As part of the 10-year anniversary of Dovecot’s new life at the old Infirmary Street Baths, Edinburgh, artist David Penny has created an exhibition of photography and video work interpreting the extraordinary craftsmanship of the weavers at Dovecot Tapestry Studio. Penny is interested in the materiality of objects and the aesthetics of technology as well as the actions of the body.

The project comprises images, which offer a focus on the forms, gestures and structures of the process of weaving and suggests parallels between the disciplines of photography and tapestry.

From footage and frames collected during a period of visits to Dovecot during 2017, this work sheds new light on the exceptional craftsmanship and making in Scotland. Continue reading →

Profile & Exhibition: Hannah Robson

Hannah Robson constructs sculptural textile pieces using combinations of weaving and lace-making, exploring how threads can escape the traditional vertical and horizontal pathways imposed by the loom.

She studied at Winchester School of Art before going on to the Royal College of Art to complete an MA in Woven Textiles. During her MA she developed methods for creating three-dimensional forms through textile construction techniques, which continue to inform her experimental practice.

She creates opportunities for threads of metal, paper and polyester to break away from woven surfaces, taking alternative routes through space and joining together in three-dimensions. She exploits the tensions between rigorously controlled constructions and free-flowing loose threads, balancing elements of structure and chaos within her work.

Robson was selected by the Crafts Council and Jay Osgerby to develop new ideas to exhibit as part of Collect Open 2018 at Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects.

Her installation Ersilia is inspired by the chapter of the same name in Italo Calinvo’s Invisible Cities, in which strings are are stretched between the inhabitants of the city, creating ‘spider-webs of intricate relationships seeking a form‘.
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Volunteer Opportunity: Warner Textile Archive

The Warner Textile Archive is seeking student volunteers to apply for The Costume Society Museum Placement Award

The Warner Textile Archive is a rich design resource documenting the successes and innovation of Warner & Sons from the late 1800s. Based in Braintree, Essex the Collection comprises stunning textiles and inspirational paper designs, as well as original printing blocks, photographs and other documentary material.

The student Volunteer would be assisting the Archivist, Hannah Auerbach George with the day to day management of the Archive Collection. Duties will include: documenting incoming donations and existing parts of the Collection, assisting with cataloguing, organising storage, answering enquiries, locating items for researchers, assisting with open days, public displays and exhibitions. They are currently seeking expressions of interest from current UK students.

The purpose of this Award is to fund a student volunteer working on a dress-related project in a public museum collection in the United Kingdom. An award of up to £1000 will be offered to the student volunteer applying jointly with an appropriate Museum. For 2018, two Awards of £1000 have been offered.

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Exhibition: Pick by Pick | Margo Selby

Margo Selby : Pick by Pick. In partnership with Rochester Art Gallery

Dates: 15 December 2017 – 24 February 2018
This exhibition in partnership with Rochester Art Gallery features internationally-renowned textile artist and designer Margo Selby. They are showcasing her  hand-woven framed textiles, including new pieces made especially for this show, along with an archive of her design work which reveals the creative process.

The artworks use a technique called Lampas, a historic woven structure that was developed in the 17th century by Huguenot weavers to create decorative brocade fabrics. Margo is now using these weave structures in a new way to create  geometric framed works with a modernist feel.

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Exhibition | Woven: Unwoven

Peter Collingwood | Woven:Unwoven

Venue: Crafts Study Centre,University for the Creative Arts, Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DS
Dates:Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm

In 1950 the young Dr Peter Collingwood decided to abandon his medical career and dedicate himself instead to becoming a weaver.

Collingwood developed a technical mastery over his weaving equipment, and tailored his creative output to what the loom would permit him to do, mindful of weaving at economic speed, with the future ‘repeat’ potential and marketability of a design ever in mind.

He gained a reputation as a teacher, making many teaching visits to America, and produced four important books on the techniques and art of weaving.

Collingwood’s first purchases of woven materials were made in his years as a recently qualified doctor, posted with the Red Cross, to help with refugees in Jordan, and he added to these throughout his life.

This broad ‘Ethnographic Collection’ displaying both completed historic and contemporary objects and samples, from Indonesia to South America, Arizona to Africa, now resides at the Crafts Study Centre.

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Tapestry Course: Morley College

Study the art of tapestry weaving though the interpretation of the artist’s mark.

Learn to design, make cartoons and use colour recognition through flat weave techniques of blending, hatching and half passes. All levels including beginners.

Six Saturdays starting February 17 from 11am–4.30pm.
Course code: VTX006A.
Full fee: £250, concessions available.
Tutor: Caron Penney www.weftfaced.com
Tel: 020 7450 1889
Email: enquiries@morleycollege.ac.uk
Morley College London, 61 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7HT