On September 28th, 2016 Jessica Edney wrote on the subject of Selvedge.
For the generation that grew up during the Second World War and rationing, the concept of reusing and repurposing textiles would hardly be a novelty. In the 1940s it was common practice for brides to fashion wedding dresses from parachute silk. Rather than throw worn-out socks away and buy new ones, women would darn them. […]View Post »
Annie Garnett (1864 – 1942) was a formidable local designer and entrepreneur whose textiles influenced the revival of hand spinning and weaving in the Lake District. She had a keen sense of colour inspired by the flowers in her garden and landscape of the Lake District. A talented designer and keen businesswoman, Annie established and […]View Post »
Guest Blog Post by Alice Kettle. Images from the Gawthorpe Textiles Collection. Alice Kettle is Professor of Textile Art at Manchester School of Art and exhibiting in ‘Significance’. This exhibition shows contemporary works by staff and students at Manchester School of Art made in response to the Gawthorpe Textiles Collection. Gawthorpe’s Textile Collection includes 30,000 pieces, collected by […]View Post »
Guest Blog Post by Alison Woodley The New Ashgate Gallery has held a winter exhibition of contemporary textiles for the last 6 years, profiling the wide variety of techniques and mediums that can be placed within this broad category. Each year makers are chosen for their ability to combine techniques, often traditional, with new ideas […]View Post »
It’s reassuring when a designer practises what they preach. A minimalist designer shouldn’t live surrounded by clutter and conversely we wouldn’t expect an interior guru who extols the virtues of vintage and country house charm to retreat to a bare loft conversion at the end of the day. So it feels like ‘all’s right with […]View Post »