Exhibition: Embroidered Bodies – Garments, Stitches and Stories from the Ashmolean Museum

Exhibition dates: 5 May – 10 September 2017

Clothing tells a multitude of human stories, with each embroidered stitch contributing to the tale. This exhibition introduces the Ashmolean’s diverse textile collections through a selection of exquisite, crafted garments, expressing themes of personal identity, local tradition and international trade.

The exhibition, curated by the OATG’s own chairperson, Aimée Payton, includes a selection of garments drawn from the Eastern and Western textile collections of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Objects on view include a diverse range of garments from hats to shoes, stomachers to collars, dating from as far back as the 1400s right up to the twentieth century.

The OATG is organising two events in connection with this exhibition: one on Tuesday 13 June 2.45 pm at the Ashmolean Museum, and another on Saturday 15 July at 2.30 pm at the Broadway Museum (see the OATG events programme here).

For more information, visit the website of the Broadway Museum, Broadway, near Evesham, UK.

Event: REMINDER – OATG’s 2017 AGM followed by a Textile Show and Tell Session

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Detail, Hmong baby carrier, Guizhou, China – Pitt Rivers Museum 2000.35.1

Event date: Saturday 28 January 2017, 1–4 pm

This post is just a reminder about the OATG’s 2017 AGM, which will take place this Saturday 28 January (not Monday, as printed in AT magazine!), and will be followed by refreshments and the Members’ Show and Tell. Non-members are also welcome.

OATG members are welcome to bring up to three textiles each at 1pm for display.  There will be tables and easel space available for display purposes.

If you are not sure about the details of your textile there is a good chance that other members will know something about it, so don’t be shy and bring something if you can. We are hoping that, like last year, there will be a wide and interesting range of textiles on show, though of course you will be welcome with or without a textile!

Location: education room at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

For more information, please email one of the OATG events organisers at oatg.events@gmail.com.

Event: OATG’s 2017 AGM followed by a Textile Show and Tell Session

oatg-agm-pitt-rivers-hmong-fish-textile

Detail, Hmong baby carrier, Guizhou, China – Pitt Rivers Museum 2000.35.1

Event date: Saturday 28 January 2017, 1–4 pm

The OATG’s 2017 AGM will take place on Saturday 28 January (not Monday, as printed in AT magazine!), and will be followed by refreshments and the Members’ Show and Tell. Non-members are also welcome. We will finish by 4pm.

OATG members are welcome to bring up to three textiles each at 1pm for display.  There will be tables and easel space available for display purposes.

If you are not sure about the details of your textile there is a good chance that other members will know something about it, so don’t be shy and bring something if you can. We are hoping that, like last year, there will be a wide and interesting range of textiles on show, though of course you will be welcome with or without a textile!

Location: education room at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

 

For more information, please email one of the OATG events organisers at oatg.events@gmail.com.

Event: Talismanic Textiles from the Islamic World – A Talk by Dr Francesca Leoni

Event date: Friday 9 December 2016, 2.30 pm 

Dr Francesca Leoni is the Yousef Jameel Curator of Islamic Art and a Research Associate at the Khalili Research Centre, University of Oxford. She is the curator of the exhibition Power and Protection, Islamic Art and the Supernatural currently on display at the Ashmolean (showing until 15 January 2017). In her talk for the OATG, Dr Leoni will focus on the talismanic textiles included in the exhibition.

Location: Ashmolean Museum Education Centre, Oxford.

Admission is free for members, £3 for non-members. Registration is essential.

For more information, and to book your place at this event, please RSVP on the Eventbrite page, or contact the OATG events organisers (oatg.events@gmail.com).

The exhibition Power and Protection can be visited afterwards until 5 pm. Find more information on the exhibition here.

Event: REMINDER – Clare Pollard Talks about Ornamental Meiji Textiles at the National Museum of Ireland

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Japanese fukusa wrapping cloth; silk embroidered with gold and coloured silk, c. 1878, National Museum of Ireland, 1879.204. © National Museum of Ireland.

Event date: Wednesday 28 September 2016, 4.15 – 5pm (viewing), 5.15pm (presentation)

This is just a reminder about the OATG event taking place next Wednesday, comprising a viewing of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century decorative Japanese textiles from the Ashmolean Museum’s collection, followed by a presentation by Dr Clare Pollard on discoveries made during a recent visit to Dublin.

Dr Clare Pollard is Curator of Japanese Art at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford. She has previously worked as Curator of the East Asian Collections at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin.

Location: Ashmolean Museum, Jameel Centre Study Room 1 (for the viewing) and Ashmolean Museum Education Centre (for the presentation).

Admission is free for members, £3 for non-members. Registration is essential.

For more information, and to book your place at this event, please contact the OATG events organisers (oatg.events@gmail.com).

Event: Clare Pollard Talks about Ornamental Meiji Textiles at the National Museum of Ireland

OATG - Clare Pollard Talks about Meiji Textiles

Japanese fukusa wrapping cloth; silk embroidered with gold and coloured silk, c. 1878, National Museum of Ireland, 1879.204. © National Museum of Ireland.

Event date: Wednesday 28 September 2016, 4.15 – 5pm (viewing), 5.15pm (presentation)

The OATG has organised a viewing later this month of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century decorative Japanese textiles from the Ashmolean Museum’s collection, followed by a presentation by Dr Clare Pollard on discoveries made during a recent visit to Dublin.

Dr Clare Pollard is Curator of Japanese Art at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford. She has previously worked as Curator of the East Asian Collections at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin.

Location: Ashmolean Museum, Jameel Centre Study Room 1 (for the viewing) and Ashmolean Museum Education Centre (for the presentation).

Admission is free for members, £3 for non-members. Registration is essential.

For more information, and to book your place at this event, please contact the OATG events organisers (oatg.events@gmail.com).

Exhibition: Pure Land – Images of Immortals in Chinese Art

Ashmolean - Pure Land

Exhibition dates: 1 March – 2 October 2016

Pure Land is the name for the realm of the Buddha and other deities depicted in paintings since the Tang dynasty (AD 618–907).

Pure Land Buddhism is particularly associated with the cave temples at Dunhuang in northwest China, near the eastern end of the Silk Route.

During China’s war with Japan in the 1940s, many artists took refuge in Sichuan province, and from there some journeyed to Dunhuang and painted copies of the famous cave temple murals. This display shows rare examples of their work alongside other images of popular deities, particularly Guanyin, in paintings, textiles and porcelain.

For more information about the exhibition, visit the website of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK.

To read a fascinating and detailed blog post about the exhibition, visit the blog of the Eastern Art department at the Ashmolean Museum.

Exhibition: Scenes of Last Tokyo – Japanese Creative Prints from 1945

Ashmolean Museum - Scenes of Last Tokyo

Exhibition dates: 2 February – 5 June 2016

In the early twentieth century a new artistic movement emerged in Japan: the Sosaku Hanga (Creative Print) movement. Breaking away from traditional printing methods, which involved a division of labour in publishers’ studios, Creative Print artists designed, cut and printed their own work. The Scenes of Last Tokyo series, a collaboration between nine of the leading print artists of the time, was published in 1945, shortly after the end of the Second World War. The series shows nostalgic views of fifteen famous places in Tokyo as they were before wartime air raids destroyed much of the city.

Although not explicitly textile-related, the prints inevitably form a record of contemporary Japanese fashions, and will appeal to anyone with an interest in Japanese design across all media.

For more information, visit the website of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

Event: OATG’s 2016 AGM followed by a Textile Show and Tell Session

Ashmolean Museum - OATG AGM - Child's tunic with flowers, North India

Event date: Saturday 30 January 2016, 1–4pm

The OATG’s 2016 AGM will begin at 1.30pm and will be followed by refreshments and the Members Show and Tell. Non-members are welcome. We will finish by 4pm.

OATG members are welcome to bring up to three textiles each at 1pm for display.  There will be tables and easel space available for display purposes.

If you are not sure of the details about your textile there is a good chance that other members will know something about it, so don’t be shy and bring something if you can. We are hoping that like last year there will be a wide and interesting range of textiles on show, though of course you will be welcome with or without a textile!

There will also be a trail of textiles that have recently been put on display in the Ashmolean Museum. Members can collect this print-out from the Ashmolean Welcome Desk at any time on the day.

This event will be held in the Education Rooms of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

We look forward to seeing lots of you there on the day!

Event: A Life in Boxes – Discovering the May Beattie Carpet Archive

Kathy Clough - Beattie Archive talk

Event date: Saturday 21 November 2015, 12 pm and 2 pm

Kathy Clough was the Beattie Archive Assistant at the Ashmolean Museum from April to October 2015. Her task was to rehouse and foliate some 30,000 documents, and along the way she came to know and love May Beattie. Kathy’s posts about her discoveries here on the OATG blog and published in the OATG’s magazine Asian Textiles show how diverse the material is, sometimes incomprehensibly technical and at other times revealing May’s quirky sense of humour. Kathy will be talking about the Beattie Archive, and there will be a range of objects on view, which help tell May’s story.

The event will be held at the Eastern Art Study Room, Floor 1, Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2PH.

OATG members free, non-members £3.

For more information, please visit the OATG website.