Profile Category: Committee

Suzanne Smith

Suzanne Smith

Museum, Archive and Conservation Award
museumaward@textilesociety.org.uk

Suzanne has over 20 years’ experience of working in the museum and heritage sector. She is a recognised expert in storage and care of textile-based collections having managed the national collection for eight years. She is now working in a consultative role.

"I remain dedicated to opening up textile and fashion collections to as wide and as diverse an audience as possible, and believe wholeheartedly that ‘all of this belongs to you’!"

Lyn Broster

Lyn Broster

Bursaries and Awards
bursaries@textilesociety.org.uk

Lyn’s background is in Design History as a lecturer, researcher and exhibition curator for 15 years. Her particular interest is in museum studies and design collections, and she is keen to create a partnership between past and present to create new audiences.

"I have always been passionate about helping students follow their career paths, and supporting people who are working in textiles and the arts."

Sally Laker

Sally Laker

Membership Secretary
membership@textilesociety.org.uk

Sally’s background is in accountancy and business. She has 35 years of experience in industry, where she extended her skills in internal controls and procedures. Later she developed a career in teaching, specialising in adult literacy and mathematics for students and sixth formers.

"After 11 years in the teaching profession I remember why I took the opportunity to change career: to concentrate on education."

John Fisher

John Fisher

Treasurer
treasurer@textilesociety.org.uk

John’s career in Physics and hydrocarbon exploration in the Middle East, Africa and Asia has developed his interest and appreciation of world textiles.

"Textiles have a story to tell: why and how they were made, with what fibre, dyestuff and technique. Textiles are at a social crossroads, craft transforming into art or met by mass production. What will be the impact of digital technology on knowledge, expertise and core skills?"

Jacqueline Ramsey

Jacqueline Ramsey

Secretary
info@textilesociety.org.uk

Jacqueline’s needlework skills developed into textile conservation and restoration. Later she established her career in broadcast journalism spanning radio, television and print with particular experience in fashion journalism.

"Though my interest in textiles is very broad, it is the world of fashion and its history that holds the biggest draw for me. What you wear says more about you than you may realise!

Linda Brassington

Linda Brassington

Chair
chair@textilesociety.org.uk

Linda has taught Printed and Woven Textiles for three decades, and her work has spanned international residencies and design projects. Her research explores new meaning in resist dyeing, and the relevance of intangible cultural heritage in contemporary practice.

"When I came to study art and design, the world made sense through textiles. From colour in the dye room to the global culture of cloth, textiles crosses boundaries and disciplines."

Brenda King

Brenda King

Editor at Large
Conference Organiser and Research Symposium Convenor

We are saddened to report that Dr Brenda King died suddenly on 4 July 2021. We are indebted to Brenda for her work and dedication to the Textile Society for more than 30 years.

Mary Schoeser

Mary Schoeser

Honorary President

Mary studied design and weave before embarking on a career as an archivist, historian and researcher in Textiles. Her 250 publications capture the extent of her work – as an advisor on historic collections to a writer on artist-designed textiles.

"I exchanged my shuttle for a role as curator. My research ranges from the broad overview to specialist topics, but centres on the role of Western manufacturers and designers since the 1660s, and what I call ‘the location of innovation’."

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