Profile Category: Committee

Greta Garatti

Greta Garatti

Student Representative
students@textilesociety.org.uk

Greta has specialised in Journalistic Media Studies at City, University of London spanning print, radio, podcast and TV. Her particular interests lie in sustainable fashion.

"How sustainable is your wardrobe? The debate on natural and synthetic fabrics has been going on for years. Both materials have qualities and downsides, but every small change in our way of choosing and buying materials can make a difference for humans and the environment."

Janie Lightfoot

Janie Lightfoot

London Antique and Vintage Textile Fair
atflondon@textilesociety.org.uk

Janie has over 40 years’ experience in textile conservation and restoration. She has worked extensively in the public and private sector, both nationally and internationally, in museums, heritage and ecclesiastical textiles.

"Being a Textile Conservator I work with textiles on a daily basis, taking on a wide spectrum of projects from three-dimensional textiles to fine intricate items. As a mentor I establish long-standing relationships with textile students and local schools.

Gwyn Higginson

Gwyn Higginson

Co-opted member
Manchester Antique and Vintage Textile Fair

Jane Rylands

Jane Rylands

Committee Member
Manchester Antique and Vintage Textile Fair

Jane is a practising artist specialising in textiles and paper. Her work has taken her to Japan through residencies and international exhibition. Now her time is primarily dedicated to teaching Art and Textiles in secondary and further education while researching and developing her practice.

Debra Roberts

Debra Roberts

Vice Chair
Manchester Antique and Vintage Textile Fair
atf@textilesociety.org.uk

Debra has developed an extensive teaching career in Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design at BA and MA level. A firm believer in the beautiful and the useful, her current interests are in recycling and repurposing antique and vintage furniture and accessories.

"It is the sensory and haptic qualities of process that overwhelm the senses. My passion lies within the history of textiles and the making, both past and present, the joy to see but also to do."

Meg Andrews

Meg Andrews

Events
events@textilesociety.org.uk

Having established the Costume and Textile Department at an international auction house, Meg works as a dress and textile consultant and valuer for museums, archives and manufacturers. She runs her own business dealing in rare and unusual items.

"As a specialist in antique dress and textiles, I am passionate about sharing my broad knowledge, and lecturing and writing on a variety of little known designers and early twentieth century craft businesses."

Holly Walker

Holly Walker

Publicity Officer
publicity@textilesociety.org.uk

Following a degree in Printed Textiles, Holly worked in TV production and video content in textile art and craft, before project managing store design in international fashion and homeware for ten years.

"My interest is in homespun and domestic textiles; the intimate narratives they embody and the wider political insights they can give. The ‘craft’ aesthetic as an art form, and the influence of context has always intrigued me."

Desiree Jeans

Desiree Jeans

Website Editor
webmaster@textilesociety.org.uk

Desiree’s experience lies in business development and events programming to encourage engagement with museum collections and exhibitions. Her current interests lie in podcasts, and the crossover between public speaking, social media and online content.

"My creative practice focuses on sculptural hand knitting. The process used to create is crucial, with the act of handcrafting being key. Future aspirations include doctoral research in the use of hand knitting as a grief management tool."

Imogen Caitling

Imogen Caitling

Co-opted member
Text Reviews Editor
text-reviews@textilesociety.org.uk