Event date: Saturday 9 April 2016, 2pm
Frances Pritchard, curator of textiles, will introduce a limited number of participants to the collection of historic silk textiles belonging to the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. The event will take place in the Studio and will last an hour and half. Meet in the foyer of the Whitworth Art Gallery no later than 1.55pm.
Please note that this is a MEDATS (Medieval Dress and Textiles Society) event, but it is open to non-members. The cost is £5 per person for members and £8 for non-members.
To reserve a place please pay online via Paypal at www.medats.org.uk. (N.B. if you are interested in attending this event, I would advise reserving a place promptly, as the cut-off date for sending cheques by post was 1 March 2016.)
Allocation will be on a first come, first served, basis, but in the event of large numbers it may be possible to arrange a second tour of the silks at 3.30pm. Participants are asked to please bring their own magnifiers.
For more information, please visit the MEDATS (Medieval Dress and Textiles Society) website.
Event date: Saturday 5 March 2016, 9:15am – 6:30pm
The Courtauld Institute is running a day-long conference next month on eighteenth-century textile design. Although not strictly within the remit of ‘Asian textiles’, there is no doubt that European textile design in the eighteenth century owes a lot to oriental influences, and so I expect this will appeal to a number of OATG members. This conference is organised by Lesley Miller of the V&A Museum, and speakers include Giorgio Riello (Warwick University) and Maximilien Durand (Director of the Musée des tissus et des arts décoratifs de Lyon).
Joubert de la Hiberderie’s Le Dessinateur d’étoffes d’or, d’argent, et de soie (1765) was the first book to be published on textile design in Europe. In preparation for the publication of an English translation and critical edition of the text, this one-day conference will analyse, critique and contextualise Le dessinateur in the light of its themes: production, design, technology, education, botany and art. Joubert’s manual argues for both a liberal and a technological education for the ideal designer. Such a person must, he argues, have detailed knowledge of the materials, technologies and traditions of patterned silk in order successfully to propose new designs; he or she must also have taste and an eye for beauty, which call, he says, for travel in order to see both the beauties of nature and those of art gathered in the gardens and galleries of Paris and the île de France.
For more information, visit the website of the Courtauld Institute, London.