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Jewllery from SumatraStudent Ayaka Sukari

Manchester Antique Textile Fair

Sun 2nd March 2014
10am to 4:30pm, Trade from 8:30am

Armitage Centre,
Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 6HE

Admission is £6 (Trade is £10) Concessions £4
Payment is by cash only


Traders brought goods from all corners of the globe and spanning at least 3 centuries. There was clothing and ornament for every part of the body, from head to toe, plus patterns, textiles, trimmings, buttons and more. Whilst for the studious, there were books, archives and illustrations.

Upstairs, the students short-listed for the bursary prizes showed their work, alongside displays from various guilds and museums.

With nearly 900 through the doors, it was a slightly smaller crowd than usual, but that meant there was more room to browse and traders still did well.

Student Showcase

Every year the students shortlisted for our bursary awards are invited to exhibit at the fair, and the awards are announced on the day. This year Tara Osborough won the MA first prize, and Bonnie Craig and Lida Marinkova were runners up. The undergraduate award was shared between Nina Hartell, Claire Hunsinger and Ayaka Sakurai.

Showing at the fair is a valubale experience for the students: Bonnie Craig commented 'Exhibiting at the Antique Textile Fair in Manchester was a great experience - getting genuine feedback from the public and talking through my ideas with the judges and other students gave me a real confidence boost. The chance to connect with the wider textile community was really valuable and gave me lots of ideas for future projects.'

Nina Hartell added 'I found the Manchester Antique Textiles fair to be really friendly and it was a great opportunity to get feedback on my work from industry professionals, the general public and other textile enthusiasts.'

A Farewell to a Very special Friend

For 22 years the fair was developed and suported by our dear friend Audrey Duck. But Audrey died last year and this was the first fair without her. We celebrated her life by dedicating the theme of the talks programme to Audrey and her particualr passion: Russian and Eastern European Textiles.

Linda Brassington: Blueprint and the future of 'folk art'.
As a Churchill Fellow, Linda Brassington researched hand block printed and resist dyed textiles in former Czechoslovakia. A series of extensive field study visits to Moravia and Slovakia resulted in the first major exhibition of 'blueprint' in the UK. Her current research is considering the legacy of folk art and its relevance in contemporary textile practice.

Angela Thompson: Russian Embroidery and Textiles – an Odyssey in praise of Audrey Duck

Angela Thompson had the pleasure of joining Audrey on several of her Textile Society foreign tours. The trip to Russia was one of the best, taking in architecture and country crafts as well as the prestigious museum textile collections. We will follow her Russian journey through Angela's photographs and happy memories.

Pamela Smith: Ivanovo - the Russian Manchester, & the story of printed textiles in Russia

Before the 1917 Revolution Russia had a thriving textile industry, exporting vast quantities of printed cotton throughout the Russian empire and beyond. In the city of Ivanovo alone nearly thirty thousand textile workers were employed. Distinctive red prints became an important element of folk dress, and in the 1920s and ‘30s designs promoted the philosophy of the new Soviet state. Pamela’s talk explores the colourful history of the industry.

Photo tribute

Pamela Smith has put together a photo tribute to Audrey, which you can view online. Pamela took all the photos on trips with Audrey to Poland, Russia and Romania between 2001 and 20122.

photo tribute