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Print Pattern Archive with Cheryl O’Mearah

10 December 2020

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£15

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The Joy of Print, with Cath Kidston

25 March 2021

An in conversation event with visionary designer (and one of our newest members) Cath Kidston.

During this 40 minute informal conversation with Cath we will discuss print design, her inspiration and response to trends. We will gain an insight into the inner workings of an independent creative studio and what makes a successful design collaboration.

£10 • Members £5

Weavers Factory and Joan Charnley

22 April 2021

Join us online with Nigel Durkan, co-founder of The Weavers Factory for a talk on award-winning textile designer Joan Charnley.

For 50-years the Weavers Factory was home to award-winning textile designer Joan Charnley. Located in Uppermill on the outskirts of Manchester, the gallery was built in 1808 and used as a weavers factory before being abandoned when the Industrial Revolution made small-scale weaving untenable. Joan bequeathed the house and studio to her dear friends and neighbours, Nigel Durkan and Julian Bovis, who discovered an “unbelievable” hoard of textiles going back to the 40s, 50s and 60s.

Nigel Durkan talks about the legacy of an incredible designer whose textile designs spanned the mid-century and longer. She took part in the Festival of Britain and her design Beachcomber is now in the V&A.

£10 • Members £5

The Red Dress Embroidery Project

20 May 2021

Join us for an ‘In conversation’ with textile artist, Kirstie Macleod, for a fascinating insight into The Red Dress Embroidery, her award winning project that took 11 years from inception through to completion and travelled the globe in the process.

The collaborative art work is covered in millions of stitches, and at 6.2 kg, is weighted as much by the individual stories and collective voices of the embroiderers waiting to be heard, as by the threads and beads that adorn it.

Students from the Royal School of Needlework in London, survivors of civil war in Kosovo, a classical violinist in Sweden, and individuals from Japan, Australia, Paris and Peru are among the diversity of contributors to the Red Dress Embroidery.

£15