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Manchester Antique & Vintage Textile Fair 2018

Sun 15th April 2018
10.00 am - 4.30 pm

Armitage Centre, Fallowfield, Manchester M14 6HE



Visit the fair for a fantastic range of vintage fashion, antique textiles and costume sourced from around the world.

You’ll find textiles from the 18th century right up to the swinging 1960’s and 70’s! Furnishings including pre-1950s rugs and unique fashion accessories.

Tables and tables of colour and cloth.Whether you are a student looking for design inspiration, a collector looking for a unique addition,or just want to browse beautiful materials and objects, this is a fair you can not miss.

In addition to the fair, the first floor offers an insight into textile practices, supported by guilds, museums, archives and a fabulous graduate showcase of student bursary winners.

There are free talks throughout the day, discussing textile and design topics, ideal for researchers or if you just want to know a little more about fabrics, textile design, its history and future.

Refreshments including traditional cakes and light lunches will be available throughout the day.

The venue will be AA signposted and there is free parking. Buses from Piccadilly Gardens Bus Station (5 mins from Piccadilly Train Station) or Oxford Road. Take bus numbers 40-43, or 142 or 143 to Fallowfield, get off at the stop just after Owens Park (student residence) before Mosley Road. Turn left onto Mosley Road and the Armitage Centre is left at the lights.

Admission: £6 / Concessions: £4
Trade: from 7.30am £20 / from 8.30am £10

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Dominique Heyse-Moore, Senior Curator Textiles, The Whitworth, Manchester

‘Four Corners of One Cloth: Textiles from the Islamic World in the Whitworth’s Collection’

Alison Welch, Head of Fashion Research, MMU

‘Handwoven textiles: co-creating clothes in India and Thailand’

Rachel Moaby, Curator, Sunnybank Mill, Leeds

‘Stories from the Archive. Sunny Bank Mills, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire’

Looking at the buildings, the Mill owners and the people who worked here. Focusing on the research of the collection to date in the Archive, also sharing exciting projects the Archive and volunteers are working on.

Jane Callender Indigo Shibori Artist and Educator

‘How can you resist! – indigo and shibori’

This talk includes a user friendly animation showing the acquisition of natural indigo from plants and a brief look at shibori and indigo’s place in history. Jane focuses on various shibori resist techniques from a personal perspective, the distinctive marks they create, the advantages of multiple vats, pattern and its hidden geometry.

The Victorian Society’s exhibition 'Saving a Century' was curated by the noted architectural historian, the late Gavin Stamp and tells the extraordinary story of the battles that have shaped our towns and cities. Without these campaigns, many of our most famous places would look very different today. The exhibition is a testament to the energy and vision of the early members of the Victorian Society as well as a sobering reminder of the way that public opinion and tastes change.

Using archive photographs and material from over fifty years of the Victorian Society’s fight to save historic buildings, the exhibition charts the successes and defeats of the organisation that has done so much to change public attitudes towards the nineteenth century’s best architecture.
The Victorian Society is the national charity campaigning for the Victorian and Edwardian historic environment.