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Amy George, bursary finalist

Manchester Antique Textile Fair

Sun 3rd March 2013

Armitage Centre,
Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 6HE


Our perennial spring fair is a firm favourite for enthusiasts interested in buying antique and vintage costumes and textiles to collect, wear or discover. The selection is vast with 130 stands selling Oriental & Eastern European costumes & textiles; English costumes & textiles, fans, lace and linens as well as plenty of vintage clothes & textiles.

In celebration of the 21st fair we are also hosting a weekend of special events and behind the scenes visits.

• Book signing and meet the author.
• Textile & Fashion book stand.
• Guilds and Societies with demonstrations.
• Museums and Textile practitioners, including the 62 Group.
• Announcement of the 2013 bursary winners and a graduate showcase of past bursary winners.

Behind the scenes visits including a look at wallpaper design with curator Christine Woods at the Whitworth Art Gallery.

Programme Details

11am Georgina von Etzdorf in conversation with Mary Schoeser.

In the tradition of the Arts & Crafts movement, GvE is a flexible, innovative & entirely hands on design
enterprise that has made a lasting contribution to developments in international textiles and fashion. Their
silk scarves are famous, their velvet dressing gowns are sumptuous and their clients range from rock star to

Mary Schoeser is a leading authority in the field of textiles and is Honorary President of the Textile Society. She has written extensively and her books include World Textiles: A Concise History, Silk, Sanderson, and more recently Textiles The Art of Mankind. Mary will be signing copies of her latest book at the Fair. Mary will talk to Georgina about her textile practice and philosophy

1pm Professional Development award winner, Patricia Bedford 'Shadow tissues’: FAMILIAR PATTERN DIFFERENT LANGUAGE'

While working on the Leverhulme grant application ‘Experimental archaeology meets textile design: the rediscovery of shadow tissues’, Trish discovered some beautiful paper designs in the Lancashire archive of Turnbull Design Ltd. The paper textile patterns originating from the 1960s were crying out to be regenerated in new ways and reprocessed with a ‘Belford’ touch. This talk will demonstrate how, by working with different techniques, the same set of screens can be utilized to work in many varying ways from warp printed fabric to velvet concrete. Trish will refer to work printed for Georgina von Etzdorf as a start point to the thinking behind ‘familiar pattern different language’

2pm Jacqui Hyman, ‘What did the Egyptian’s ever do for Bolton?’

Jacqui will discuss how the cotton industry in Bolton and Manchester needed a steady supply of raw cotton during the cotton embargo caused by the American Civil War of 1860. Mill owners from Bolton visited Egypt and were amazed at the excavations that were taking place and became fascinated with the artefacts found, especially the textiles. As a result, Bolton Museum has one of the best collections of Coptic and earlier Egyptian textiles in this country. This collection is almost unknown to many textile enthusiasts.

2:45 Question time - Student Bursary showcase with Lyn Broster and Graduate bursary winners

The day is concluded with a focus on Student Bursaries; supporting education and conservation is the main thrust for the Textile Society Antique Textile Fairs, and this session will feature a Question Time forum with student bursary winners hosted by Lyn Broster. Lyn is a design historian and former senior lecturer at UCLAN and vice chair of Textile Society. She has organized the bursary and award schemes over the past 3 years and answers questions and advises applicants when applying for a bursary. The forum is an opportunity for you to come along and ask your questions on the bursaries and meet past winners.

All talks will be held in Studio B on the Ground Floor

Share Your Memories and Help Us Celebrate

The ATF is coming of age! The 2013 fair will be the 21st.
We would like you to help us celebrate this very special milestone in the history of the Manchester Fair. Some of you may have been a part of the Fair from the very beginning, a number of you have supported the Fair for a large part of the 21 years.

Do you have specific memories of the first fair, or the early days? Are there any significant moments or talks that you remember and would like to share? We are in the process of compiling a short anthology of the Fair, and would love you to share your memories and images. Many thanks in advance for your support.

Please send your stories and/or images to Debra Roberts.

Watch the Video

Not sure what the fair is like? Take a look at a video of last year's fair:

ATF video

Meet the author! Mary Schoeser will be signing copies of her latest book, ‘Textiles – the Art of Mankind’ in the main hall Between 1pm and 3pm.