Following the release of the cabinet papers into the public domain on the 8th May, it is clear that Herefordshire Council no longer wishes to provide or pay for Cultural Services for the public of Herefordshire.
The Textile Scoiety of America has issued a call for papers for its 2014 conference in LA, New Directions: Examining the Past, Creating the Future. The theme is exploring change and innovation in textiles in the past while looking at the state of the field of textiles, textile study, production and creativity, today and for the future.
Deadline October 1st 2013. »
Craft + Design, an open access, peer-reviewed ejournal that provides the opportunity to read and to publish on contemporary craft and design, has issued two calls for submmissions for the open section and for papers realting to Craft.Material.Memory for the themed section, .
Deadline 30th June 2013 »
CAMAC Design and the Warner Textile Archive, Braintree have joined forces to launch the first Student Textile Design Challenge. Winning and shortlisted entries from the competition will be showcased at Braintree Museum from 11 May-15 June 2013 alongside contributions from guest established and emerging designers. »
Dr Ben Marsh has won a prize of £1000 for his paper ‘One man might bring it to perfection’; Rev Ezra Stiles and the Quest for New England Silk. The award was presented at the Silk Symposium which took place at the Wellcome Institute, London on 15th March 2013. Both the symposium and the award were in memory of Natalie Rothstein, and funded by her family. »
The NESAT XII symposium will be organized by the Natural History Museum, Vienna on 21st till 24th of May 2014 in Hallstatt, Austria. Papers and posters on the theme on prehistoric and historic textile finds, focused on contextual analysis of finds, new methods are welcomed.
Deadline for submissions - May 31st, 2013 »
New Approaches to Textile History: Proposals for 20-minute papers/presentations from historians, practitioners, writers and scholars in any discipline and concerned with any period or region. Creative interpretation of the overall conference theme is encouraged. Proposals from postgraduate students are warmly welcomed. Deadline June 7th 2013 »
The Museum of London is looking for an experiecned Textile Conservator to join their collections care team.
Closing date March 29th 2013
Curatorial vacancies at National Museums Scotland
The National Museums of Scotland are looking for one permanent and two temporary assistant curator posts in Art and Design. A knowledge and interest in costume and textiles is required.
Deadline March 12th 2013.
Emma Sheldon, from the RCA and Hannah Rampley from Leeds College of Art have won the top prizes of £1000 each in the Society's annual Student Bursary awards. The prizes were announced at the Manchester Antique Textile Fair on March 3rd. Runner up prizes were awarded to Emma Charlotte Blackburn, Chloe Hamill, Miriam Griffiths and Emily Ong. »
The Mercer Art Gallery in Harrogate is seeking a full time freelance curatorial person to research the costume collections to improve knowledge and access.
Subject to a successful Arts Council aplication.
Deadline March 22nd 2013 »
The Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) in Exeter seeks a costume and textiles consultant to review, assess and grade the significance of approximately 135 shawls and stoles of European and Indian manufacture.
Deadline March 8th »
Monmouthshire Museums Service Seeks a Textile/ Fashion Historian to conduct significance Assessment and in depth documentation of Monmouthshire Museums Services’ Textile Collection
Macclesfield Silk Museum have issued a call for exhibitors at their Makers Macc Craft Days in April and November. »
The annual conference of Histories of Women Religious in Britian and Ireland at IHR London, 5th-7th Septemeber 2013. Papers are welcomed from a diverse range of disciplines offering fresh perspectives on the ways in which women religious in Britain and Ireland created and were formed by material histories. Deadline, 15th Feb
Surface Design Association (SDA) invites apparel and fashion designers to submit their outrageous, innovative, one-of-a-kind wearables to 'Interface: Fabricate', the juried Members Fashion Show to be staged during the upcoming biennial 2013 International Surface Design
Association Conference* in Texas, June 2013. »
CHORD are looking for papers for a workshop onEmbellished Textiles: Interpretation and Care of Fine Needlework in Museums and Historic Houses, on 12th June 2013 at Wolverhampton University.
Deadline March 1st »
New Fashion Research Award
Academic fashion blog, Worn Through, has announced a new research award of $250 for research into fashion related research projects. More information can be found on their website:
The application deadline is 15th February.
The Textile Society of America is pleased to solicit nominations for the R. L. Shep Ethnic Textile Book Award for books published in 2012. Given annually, the award is meant to encourage the study and understanding of ethnic textile traditions by recognizing exceptional scholarship in the field.
Deadline March 1st 2013 »
The David Evans collection consists of silk samples, pattern books, printing blocks, printing screens, dying paraphernalia and other associated souvenirs that were salvaged when the factory closed in 2001.
They are looking for volunteers to help catalogue the collection. »
Three British artists will be exhibitting work at the 14th International Triennial of Tapestry at the Central Museum of Textiles, Poland in 2013. »
The 2013 annual Symposium for the Costume and Textile Association of New Zealand (CTANZ) will be held in Auckland on 22nd - 23rd March 2013. The theme suggests both the act of coming together and the practice of assembling. Interested presenters are invited to submit an abstract on this theme. »
A proposal is being considered by the Trustees of National Museums Scotland to close the National Museum of Costume Scotland (formally Shambellie House) at the end of this season, 31 October 2012. The decision could be taken by mid Novemeber. »
The Textile Society of America has awarded the R. L. Shep Ethnic Textiles Book Award 2011 to Splendor and Pageantry: Textile Treasures from the Armenian Orthodox
Churches of Istanbul by Ronald Marchese, Marlene Breu
and the Armenian Patriarchate of Istanbul. The award was presented at the recent TSA symposium in Washington. »
TSA's 2012 Founding Presidents’ Award for the best paper at the symposium was selected from the five nominated papers. The Award was given jointly to Miriam Ali-de Unzaga for her paper “Embroidered Politics” and Kristy Robertson for her paper, “Felt Space: Responsive Textiles, Fabric Dwellings and Precarious Housing.”
The Fashion Museum is inviting expressions of interest from museum professionals and volunteers for a series of Packing Fortnights to be run at the Fashion Museum in Bath from Autumn 2012 to Summer 2013.
A practicing artist and a practicing designer have won the Textile Society's Professional Development Awards. Ist prize has been awarded to designer Patricia Belford to support her project working with paper designs from the Turnbull design archives. Jane Price has won the runner up prize to support her artist in residence posting at High Cross House, Dartington. »
Chedham's Yard heritage site in Wellesbourne, Warwickshire is looking for somebody who can deliver a textile based workshop for all ages on the 15th September.
The Bluecoat in Liverpool is seeking volunteers with skills in lace making to participate in their Hand on Crafts project. Hand on Crafts is a national inter-generational programme. »
The trustees of Whitchurch Silk Mill, an historic mill near Winchester which has weaved silk for nearly 200 years have halted production to save it from closing entirely, according to local newspaper, the Gazette.
The Textile society is pleased to announce that Sian O'Doherty has been awarded the 2012 Lucienne Day Award for innovative interior textiles. Sian is graduating from BA (Hons) Contemporary Textiles at Carmarthenshire College.
The Quilt Museum and Gallery in York is travelling to Birmingham this year to host a mini exhibition of quilts made from Turkey Red fabric. The exhibition celebrates a fascinating period of Scotland’s textile history when the Vale of Leven in Scotland was once the centre of a flourishing textile industry.
Congratulations to Leeds College of Art for their success at the Bradford Textile Society Competition, with the textiles department gaining the British Textile Designers Guild Design Award for outstanding achievement.
The Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre for Textile Research (CTR) and the Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen invite applications for a three-year PhD scholarship.
The Pasold Research Fund wishes to appoint a Book Reviews Editor to join the editorial team of its journal, Textile History, published twice a year by Maney. »
The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair at Spinningfields, Manchester on October 4th-7th is issuing a call for entries, open from 1st-30th April 2012.
160 of the most innovative and influential designer-makers in the UK will be selected to showcase and sell their work directly to the public and trade.
The Textile Societey student bursaries were awarded as part of the student showcase at the Society's Antique Textile Fair in Manchester on March 4th 2012. Hannah Leighton-Boyce of Manchester Met won the MA Award and Alison Stewart from the University of Chichester was the winner of the BA award. There were 4 runners up. »
Duck Journal for Research in Textiles and Textile Design
is now issuing a call for papers on the theme of textiles as agent for wellbeing and how textile research might be a positive factor enabling and facilitating social and personal contexts.
Deadline 30 May 2012 »
Pasold Conference - Stockholm 2012 'Innovation before the Modern: Cloth and Clothing in the Early Modern World
A conference exploring technical developemnts in textile production before 1800.
Surface Design Association 2013 Conference, Texas.
The 17th International Surface Design Association conference will be held June 6–9, 2013, in San Antonio, Texas, USA. The Southwest School of Art will host events preceding and during the conference. Pre-conference workshops will be held June 1–5 and post-conference workshops will be June 10–14, 2013. »
The Value of Authenticity and Replication for Investigation and Conservation, a conference at the University of Glasgow, Dec. 6th-7th 2012.
We invite contributions for a conference exploring issues of authenticity with reference to textile conservation, dress and textile history or technical art history. The Research Network is funded by The Getty Foundation. »
The University of Wolverhampton invites proposals for papers that explore the collection, display, conservation and all other uses of dress and textiles in heritage settings, including museums and historic houses, in Britain and beyond.
Deadline 15 February 2012.
Call For Papers - Australian Wool Innovation
Australian Wool Innovation Limited (AWI) has announced its annual ‘Call for Proposals’ for organisations interested in on-farm R&D and off-farm R&D projects with AWI.
The deadline for proposals is 12 noon 1st February 2012.
Submissions are now invited for presenetations at the 3rd In the Loop conference. New and recent research in the form of short abstracts is welcome from practitioners, knitters, historians, conservators, theorists, educators, curators, technologists and the industry.
Deadline: March 1st 2012
The Textile Society of America is pleased to solicit nominations for the R. L. Shep Ethnic Textile Book Award for books published in 2011. Given annually, the award is meant to encourage the study and understanding of ethnic textile traditions by recognizing exceptional scholarship in the field. »
The Textile Society is pleased to announce the winners of its Professional Development Awards. £1000 has been presented Daniel C. Harris for his London Cloth Mill project. Runner up prizes of £500 were awarded to Tabitha Moses for Threshold and Leanne Tonkin Presenting a research poster at Symposium in Canada. »
An exciting new project will redisplay one of the world’s finest collections of William Morris artefacts.
The William Morris Gallery is the only public gallery devoted to Morris’s life, work and influence. Housed in Morris’s early home in Walthamstow, it holds an internationally significant collection of textiles, designs, wallpapers, furniture, ceramics and books associated with Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement.
The Textile Society is delighted to announce this special award and symposium, both of which are dedicated to the memory of Natalie Rothstein. The Society has received donations in Natalie’s memory to generously fund these two activities. »
The Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston has just launched a website, partly funded by the Textile Society. The website is an important aspect of the 'Global Threads' project at the Harris which includes a fashion exhibition based on the 18 volume set of historic samples from across South Asia.
Scotland's Textile Trail Website launched
A new website promoting Scotland's textile attractions has been launched. Members of the Scottish Textile Industry Association are listed. They offer mill tours and similar activities.
At New Designers this year, Kate Webster was selected as the winner of the Lucienne Day Award. Kate works with indigo-dyed, recycled knitwear which she often felts to create interesting textures and tones. »
The University of Glasgow is launching a new taught one-year masters programme in Dress and Textile Histories which I thought might be of interest to your members as it will incorporate textiles as well as dress.
The Textile Society is pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 Museum Award. There are two awards: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery will receive £3000 towards Lost in Lace: Concealed & Revealed, an exhibition of lace; the William Morris Gallery has been granted a £2000 award for the Battye Embroidered Hanging: redisplaying the work of May Morris. »
The magnificent Unicorn tapestries commissioned for the Queen’s Inner Hall of the Palace at Stirling Castle are now almost complete and can be seen by visitors. They have been woven by hand, using techniques dating back to the 1400s.
The Textile Society of America announces the resignation of President Ruth Scheuing.Ruth, served as Vice President (2008-2010) and as President since October, 2010.TSA would like to thank Ruth for her years of service and invaluable leadership to the organization.
After the success of the first Three Shires Textile Festival in 2009, the organisers are busy promoting the Textile Triangle for 2011 and gearing up for another fantastic festival in 2013.
They are looking for businesses and organisations that would like to be involved in 2013
This offer is available to members of the Textile Society Collectors Group only. »
The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair at Spinnngfields Oct 20th- 23rd is a high profile, high quality selected event that showcases the finest contemporary craft coming out of the North and gives makers from other parts of the country an opportunity to establish a northern client base.
HARDMAN BOULEVARD, SPINNINGFIELDS, MANCHESTER, M3 3AQ
Deadline for applications 29th of April 2011
The winners of the 2011 Textile Society student bursaries were announced at the ATF on March 6th.
For the first time six finalists were invited to showcase their work on at the fair in Manchester.
Wessex Film and Sound Archive launch a new online resource. A searchable online and films can be viewed in the search room at WFSA or Hampshire Record Office. Film is an excellent resource when looking at the clothes of real people.
Call for Abstractss - ITB, CCA and Ars Textrina, Indonesia
An invitation has gone out to submit an abstract for consideration as a presentation at the forthcoming ITB, CCA and Ars Textrina International Textiles and Costume Congress. The theme is Heritage Textiles and Costume. The event will be hosted by ITB (in Bandung, Indonesia). Deadline April 1st.
BBC TWO's primetime quiz, Antiques Master, is back and
they are on the hunt to find the next amateur antiques expert worthy of the title.
In 2012, to celebrate the reopening of the newly presented palace, Kensington Palace will be holding a conference exploring the theme of monarchy and its relationship to the modern world.
One strand will look at royal dress and material culture.
Deadline for proposals is 30 November 2010. »
The winners of this year's Textile Society student bursary awards were announced at the Society's new London Antique Textile Fair on Sunday 26th September. Jennifer Sturrock fromn the London College of Fashion was the winner of the 'Undergraduate Student Bursary, whilst Julie James-Turner from University of Central Lancashire took home the Postgraduate Student Bursary.
Following the closure of the Textile Conservation Centre in October 2009 by the University of Southampton , The Textile Conservation Centre Foundation and the University of Glasgow agreed to found a new teaching and research facility, The Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History, the only resource of its kind in the UK . »
The Textile Society has announced the latest winners and finalists of its various awards and bursaries. »
Innovation and Creativity in Europe, 1500-1800
The V&A Museum is offering a 2.5 years full-time to a Research Fellow, who will focus on gathering, analysing and presenting data on creativity and innovation in French fashion, 1500-1800 and on its transmission from one location to another. »
James Hare add to their collections of distinctive fabrics in preparation for the Decorex exhibition held in London this year. The leading silk specialists will be offering designers an innovative and moving colour palette along with new enticing textures and patterns. »
Shaftesbury Abbey Museum is researching the history of a once important craft industry. They hope to revive Dorset Button making by forming a local co-operative for the benefit of the local area, and develop the opportunity for a social enterprise based on the local heritage of the Dorset Button industry. »
Emily Brennan is working on a project with Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew researching the lace-bark tree of Jamaica and the textile material that comes from the bark of this amazing tree.
She is seeking examples of this textile in collections in Britain. »
Wearable Art: A Walking Picture Book is the title of a forthcoming project by Kelly Allen. Kelly Allen is a Senior Lecturer at Textile Society Member the Arts University College, Bournemouth. She has been awarded a Research Fellowship at AUCB to start in September 2010. »
The plans for the William Morris Gallery Development Project are progressing and they plan to submit a round two bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund by June 2010. Public consultations have gone well and have had a positive response to the plans for the development. »
Cheshire East Council has found funding to keep open the Park Lane site of Macclesfield Museum. The building was facing closure from May 1st.
Fabricating the Body:
Textiles and human health in historical perspective
Pasold Research Fund Conference
Centre for Medical History, University of Exeter
6 – 8 April, 2011
Nathalie Rothstein, one of the founder members of the Textile Society, has died, aged 80.
This obituary was written by Audrey Duck »
Lucienne Day, the eminent textile designer and the first president of the Textile Society, has died, at the age of 93.
The following obituary was written by the current president, Mary Schoeser. »
The Textile Conservation Centre has at last found a new home at the University of Glasgow. The full press release, issued on March 24th 2010, is available here. »
Redbridge Museum is looking for items to support its planned autumn exhibition, looking at the area's strong links to the East India Company during the late 17th - 19th centuries.
Knitting: origins and evolution
A four day international conference in Lerwick, Shetland, 1-4 September 2010. This is a collaborative event between Shetland Museum and Archives and the University of Southampton Library. The joint organisers are Dr. Carol Christiansen and Linda Newington. »
Duck - Journal for Research in Textiles and Textile Design
An open access peer reviewed online journal for research in textiles and textile design, published by Loughborough University. »
The United Nations International has dedicated 2009 to natural fibres. It seeks to focus world attention on the role that natural fibres play in contributing to food security and poverty alleviation.
Caroline Allison has been awarded this year's prestigeous Textile Society Award. The awarad was selected from exhibitors at New Designers in London. »
The Royal School of Needlework (RSN) is among the many British crafts companies commissioned by English Heritage to create an extraordinary array of period furniture, wall hangings, textiles and artefacts for Dover Castle to evoke the appearance and atmosphere of the keep, or the Great Tower, on the occasion of a royal visit around 1184.
Bonnie Corwin has announced the launch of Textiles Asia Newsletter. The new publication seeks to keep people interested in Asian textiles connected.
The Shape of Things has announced the award of eight bursaries for the production of new work using craft media. The makers include textile artists Alinah Azadeh, Seiko Kinoshita (whose Gentle Rain is shown), Tanvi Kant and Maggie Scott. The artist-makers will work in partnership with a venue to produce new work for an exhibition or installation. »
Silver Studio collection receives designation.
Great news: the Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture (MoDA) has been granted 'Designated Collection' status from the Museum, Library and Archives Council (MLA) for its Silver Studio collection. The collection of 5,000 textile samples, 5,000 wallpaper samples and over 40,000 original designs on paper forms an archive of one of Britain's leading commercial design studios active between 1880 and 1963.