Alke Schmidt has received Arts Council funding for her project, which explores the history of the Bradford wool industry through time and how it affected and connected people from around the world. »
A previously unpublished thesis by eminent textile historian Natalie Rothstein is now available to download. The topic of the thesis is ‘The silk industry in London, 1702-1766’. »
Call for papers - West Dean Tapestry Symposium
Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers to be presented at this bi-annual symposium. The subject is ‘Artists Meet Their Makers’. Presentations that engage with the relationship between art and craft, as well as questioning the role of making and the maker in contemporary practice. Deadline January 31st 2017
The Association of Dress Historians (ADH) has issued a call for papers for the annual conference on 27th October 2017, in London, on the theme INTERWOVEN: Dress that Crosses Borders and Challenges Boundaries.
Deadline for submissions January 15th 2017. »
Bath Fashion Museum has acquired a man’s jumper by Kenzo for the Fashion Museum collection. Designed for the autumn/winter 2013 menswear collection, it is made of light blue boiled wool with black and white sleeves. The cocoon shaped jumper was donated by Shaun Harris, a young designer currently studying at the Royal College of Art, who confided that one of his goals in life has always been to donate something to the Fashion Museum. »
The Association of Dress Historians have issued a call for papers for their international conference INTERWOVEN: Dress that Crosses Borders and Challenges Boundaries.
The conference takes place on October 27th 2017 at the Art Worker's Guild London. The deadline for submissions is January 20th 2017. »
The Pasold Research Fund has issued a call for papers for its conference, Colour in Cloth, which takes place in Glasgow, 10th-11th April 2017.
This international conference will explore the relationships between colour and textiles.
Deadline for submissions, 15th January 2017 »
The Heritage Crafts Association is calling for applications for a suite of awards and bursaries recognising people working in traditional skills. Each award is worth £1000 and the bursary is worth £5000.
The deadline for applications is 30th November 2016. »
The Framework Knitters Museum in Nottingham has plans to transform the museum over the next few years. To keep people up to date with the developments and to help with their fundraising efforts, they have launched an email newsletter which anyone can subscribe to. »
ULITA website Upgrade
Following on from the enhanced website for ULITA - an Archive of International Textiles (based in St Wilfred's Chapel, Maurice Keyworth Building), their online image catalogue has now been upgraded to include a new collections page, better search options and larger images. New subject categories include the current exhibition and a recent donation of West African textiles.
DATS website re-launch
The costume and textile curators' group DATS (Dress and Textile Specialists) have revamped their website. There's a collections map and a great resources toolkit as well basic info on what DATS is and how to join.
The John Horrocks Collection at Lancashire Archives and Glasgow School of Art Archives share the Textile Society's Audrey Archive Award, was given in in memory of Audrey Duck, who died in 2013. Audrey was, for many years, archivist at G, P and J Baker and the award reflects her professional interest in archives »
Rozanna Mai Walecki of the RCA and Suzanna Kate James from Winchester School of Art are this year's winners of the Textile Society's student bursaries, awarded at the Manchester Antique Textile Fair on March 1st. Leeds College of Art and the Royal School of Needlework also saw success with runners up. »