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‘Inspired by…’

Sat 3rd November 2018

Wellcome Collection
183 Euston Road
London NW1 2BE



10.00 am - AGM

10.45 am - Conference registration

11.15 am - Conference begins

5.30 pm - Conference ends

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This year’s Textile Society annual conference will be held on Saturday 3rd November at the Wellcome Trust, London and will be exploring the theme of ‘Inspired by…’

We have a stellar cast of speakers to inspire you, all of which are highly regarded and between them, cover many different aspects of the broad textile sector, which the Textile Society represents.

The wide range of topics they will cover as authors, practitioners, and curators, give us a fascinating vision of their personal inspirations, as well as an insight into the Irish linen industry, silk in its many forms, fashion archives and contemporary art practice; providing something for everyone.

We are delighted to announce the following confirmed speakers:

Trish Belford, Practitioner and Senior Research Fellow, Belfast School of Art, Ulster University. Trish’s paper, ‘SHUTTLES AND SHAFTS: Reflecting back to look forward: The William Liddell Heritage Lottery funded project’, discusses research by a team from the University of Ulster, led by print designer Trish Belford and supported by weave designer Professor Barbara Dass.

Caren Garfen, an artist researching women’s issues in the 21st century and specialising in hand stitched textiles and recent winner of the Textile Society’s Professional Development Award. Caren has been researching and creating artworks surrounding eating disorders for the past three years. Her paper, ‘Inspired by…’, will discuss where her inspiration for this difficult subject matter originated and will present the many pieces that she has constructed over this time.

Lubaina Himid MBE, a British contemporary artist, curator and Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire. During the past 30 years she has exhibited widely, both in Britain and Internationally, with solo shows that include Tate St Ives, Transmission Glasgow, Chisenhale London, Peg Alston New York and St Jorgens Museum in Bergen.

Lubaina won the prestigious Turner Prize for 2017. In doing so, she has made history by being the first black female artist to ever win this coveted prize as well as being the eldest, since the Tate recently removed the age limit.

Dr Robert Knifton, Senior Researcher on the Helen Story* project, University Academic Fellow in Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage, School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds.

Robert’s paper Life on the Outskirts: Innovation and Inspiration in the Helen Storey Foundation Archive’ draws upon new research from ‘Life on the Outskirts: Making Sense of a Creative Life’, a collaborative AHRC-funded project between the University of Leeds, Manchester Metropolitan University and the Helen Storey Foundation (HSF).

*Helen Storey began her career as a fashion designer, but from 1997 moved into collaborations between science, art and design. As the custodian of her work, HSF promotes practices and collaborations with some kind of societal impact. In most HSF outputs, textiles are produced and/or used as a Trojan horse for broader messages. Life on the Outskirts uses the HSF archive as a case study to consider creative archives as routes through creative processes and as inspiration for new creative practices.

Prof. Lesley Miller, Senior Curator of Textiles and Fashion, V&A/Professor of Dress and Textile History, University of Glasgow. Lesley’s paper, ‘From Remnant Shops To Archives: Adventures In Textile History’, looks back at the people and places, textiles and texts that have inspired and informed her research progress from university to museum, from Glasgow to London via Madrid, Paris and Lyon, from the 17th to the mid-20th centuries.

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If you have any queries, please contact email conferences@textilesociety.org.uk

Photo credit: Caren Garfen's 'Room for Improvement', 2018 (Photo courtesy of Caren Garfen).