Translations of Traditions

UK-based contemporary textiles collective Kalopsia has a new exhibition coming up in August – Translations of Traditions, where the creators involved take contemporary and innovative angles in exploring a traditional subject.

The exhibition will be held at The Colour Room, Stockbridge, Edinburgh, 13 – 18 August, and features guest artist Craig Coulthard.

The creators have focused on the traditional Scottish theme of Tartan and have produced new and exciting ways of looking at it.

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Kalopsia Collective
The Colour Room

Worldwide Wool

Wool House: The world’s largest showcase of wool: 13 – 24 March 2013

The UK is will see the biggest ever celebration of wool when The Campaign for Wool launches Wool House next week. Wool House, staged in the West Wing of Somerset House in central London, presents a vision for wool as a modern, versatile, lifestyle fibre. It will feature a showcase of interiors, fashion and the world of artisan and craft making, plus a hi-tech educational suite.

Wool House curator Arabella McNie has over twenty years’ experience of working as a stylist and designer in the world of interiors. She says:

I am determined to show wool as a modern fibre and visitors will see a broad spectrum from ultra-modern and hi-tech to highly luxurious and more traditional. There are some amazing fabrics and flooring and Wool House will showcase some stunning room sets which will really show the difference that wool can make and inspire greater use of the fibre.

Wool House has invited leading interior designers to offer their vision and seven individual rooms will show how the design community uses the fibre extensively within their work. Exclusive room sets from Donna Wilson and Kit Kemp will feature alongside a huge wool art installation commissioned from the acclaimed Dutch tapestry artist, Claudy Jongstra. Other woollen delights include a Roger Oates runner and a Pantone style rug representing international carpet manufacturers. An artisan in residence will work on location throughout the period showing the heritage of industry skills to the public.

There will be three rooms dedicated to fashion, including a space showcasing fine woven fabrics and live tailoring while two others will celebrate the importance of wool in the fashion industry.

Look out for a series of wool-led designer talks, events and a programme of activities with interactive workshops during the course of the event. A special educational room will feature tablets that cover everything from sheep to manufacturing and all types of products. Plenty to discover for school children from around the UK and people of all ages.

It is the most expansive venture the Campaign has seen to date as it looks at all the key uses of wool under one roof and shows the amazing versatility of the fibre and its potential to be both stunningly beautiful in use and yet incredibly practical too. We want to make the most of this wonderful opportunity within the fabulous location that Somerset House offers and we will truly shine the spotlight on wool. There really will be a plenty to see and do at many different levels.

Bridgette Kelly, The Campaign for Wool’s project director

Wool House, Worldwide Wool will be open to the public from 13th to 24th March 2013 and entry is free.

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The Campaign for Wool, whose Patron is HRH The Prince of Wales, is funded by the British Wool Marketing Board, the Woolmark Company, Wool Council of New Zealand and other wool organisations across the world including those in South Africa, South America, Norway and the USA.

Fine Cell Work Winter Sale extended

Looking for ideas for Valentine’s Day? Fine Cell Work are extending their online Winter Sale until Sunday 17th February 2013, giving you time to get your Valentine a beautiful hand embroidered cushion and at the same time support a fantastic organisation working with UK prisoners.

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Their range of love-inspired products includes the Love Eagle, available in pink and grey, the elegant LOVE cushion, Mr & Mrs cushions and their classic Heart and Birds cushion, which you can have personalised with your names.

Visit the Fine Cell Work shop for these and other lovely gifts.

Fine Cell Work is "a social enterprise that trains prisoners in paid, skilled, creative needlework undertaken in the long hours spent in their cells to foster hope, discipline and self-esteem". Visit their web site to learn more about them and the people they work with.

Be inspired

Exciting textile holiday retreats in 2013

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Inspire Quilting and Creative Textile holiday retreats are offering a fresh and revitalised approach to learning breaks in the UK. You can browse the booking site www.quilting-retreats.co.uk to enter one of their three UK events during 2013. Do bear in mind that you can Pick’n’Mix the nights you stay at the 4-star hotel venues, as well as the workshops and talks you attend to match your interests, available time and budget. It’s also possible to browse and pay for sessions and accommodation online as well as rent a machine: Janome, our event sponsors, have made machines available for each venue rather than have to bring your own.

There are many world renowned tutors to choose from whether you’re a beginner or wanting to extend your existing skills. The retreats have an amazing selection of the best tutors, which presently includes:

  • Sheena Norquay
  • Dawn Cameron Dick
  • Anja Townrow
  • Gail Lawther
  • Jennie Rayment
  • Annette Morgan
  • Ferret
  • Helen Deighan
  • Frieda Anderson (USA)
  • Barbara Weeks
  • Patricia Archibald
  • Susan Brubaker Knapp (USA)
  • Gillian Travis
  • Isobel Hall
  • Sue Rangeley
  • Alicia Merrett

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………..so that you will be spoilt for choice about who to take a workshop or talk with!

There are lots of extras planned for those who stay at the venue hotels, but if you live locally there is the option to just attend the workshops or talks.

Evening talks with dinner are available (great for groups!) and there will be vendor stands and lots of other entertainment throughout. You can meet other quilters and textile enthusiasts – it will be a wonderful place to make friends and swap ideas. There are some Early Bird discounts listed on their site at the moment, which are definitely worth checking out!

Event Dates

  • Midlands 10th-14th April 2013
  • Northern 26th-30th June 2013
  • Southern 11th-15th Sept 2013

To view the events and book, go to www.quilting-retreats.co.uk. Or phone 0845 4752170.

Volunteer with VSO in Ethiopia

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Are you an expert in textiles and garment technology?

Volunteer with VSO in Ethiopia and share your skills and change yours and someone else’s future.

There is a serious shortage of trained educators in textile and garment technology in Ethiopia. VSO is urgently looking for 2 textile and garment technology experts. Volunteer with VSO and help fill the gap.

Background

VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. VSO’s high-impact approach involves bringing people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action and change lives to make the world a fairer place for all.

These are voluntary placements and we’ll ask you to commit to 12-24 months in order to make a sustainable change and impact to development. In return VSO makes sure our volunteers are supported and our volunteer financial package includes a local living allowance, return flights, accommodation, medical and travel insurance cover, national insurance contributions, visas and work permits and guaranteed holidays.

Professor for textile technology (textile testing and finishing), Bahir Dar, 24 months

You’ll be based at the Bahir Dar Institute of Technology and the Institute of Textile, Garment and Fashion Design working with institute staff to contribute to the improvement of the education system and university-industry partnerships. You will work with staff to develop a new curriculum and all aspects of the teaching programme for the MSc, conduct research and write funding proposals. You will also do staff training to build capacity and support the change process. You’ll have a masters or equivalent in textile technology as well as experience of teaching and training. You’ll have experience of conducting research and ideally will have professional industry experience. You’ll need to be an excellent communicator and have a flexible and proactive attitude towards work. (Job ref: ETH0534/0003/0001).

Professor of garment technology, Bahir Dar, 24 months

You’ll be based at the Bahir Dar Institute of Technology and the Institute of Textile, Garment and Fashion Design working with Institute staff to contribute to the improvement of the education system and university-industry partnerships. You will work with staff to develop a new curriculum and all aspects of the teaching programme for the MSc, conduct research and write funding proposals. You will also do staff training to build capacity and support the change process. You’ll have a masters or equivalent in garment technology as well as experience of teaching and training. You’ll have experience of conducting research and ideally will have professional industry experience. You’ll need to be an excellent communicator and have a flexible and proactive attitude towards work. (Job ref: ETH0534/0002/0001).

Interested?

Please go online to www.vsointernational.org/volunteer/find-out-more.asp and apply through the VSO website
relevant to your location.

Please put the relevant job reference on your application form.

Fiona Wilson – Embroiderers’ Guild Scholar

Fiona Wilson, a graduate from Bradford School of Arts and Media with a degree in Contemporary Surface Design and Textiles is the Over 30’s Embroiderers’ Guild Scholar for 2010. This award provides Fiona with £1000 towards setting up her studio in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, as well as a stand at the Knitting and Stitching Shows in London, Harrogate and Dublin.

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Fiona’s work is based on a study of aerial photography and a collection of antique maps. Drawn to patterns and colour found from photographs of rural and urban subject matters, such as scrap yards, industrial landscapes, ploughed fields and housing estates, she creates printed and embroidered panels.

textile "I always intended to concentrate on embroidery in my final year, but found a lack of suitable fabric colours gave me a passion for mixing my own dyes and printing my own designs to create some interesting materials as a base for my stitching. I like to experiment with layering techniques such as devoré, screen printing and paper laminating onto cottons and sheers, which I then embellish with hand and machine stitch. The edges of my fabrics are quite often deliberately frayed by hand or with an embellisher and then joined back together with stitches."

After graduating Fiona exhibited her work at New Designers where she was selected to be part of the Graduate Showcase at the Festival of Quilts last year and was also featured in Embroidery Magazine. Having now won the Embroiderers’ Guild Scholarship she is busy creating new works for the Knitting and Stitching Shows and promoting her workshops that will be run from the studio in Huddersfield.

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For more information about Fiona’s work, visit her website on www.wix.com/fionawilson/fionawilson or follow her blog on www.fiona-wilson.blogspot.com

Special silks from James Hare

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James Hare add to their collections of distinctive fabrics in preparation for the Decorex exhibition held in London this year. The leading silk specialists will be offering designers an innovative and moving colour palette along with new enticing textures and patterns.

Decorex International displays everything from floor coverings to high fashion fabrics, highlighting the latest collections from renowned suppliers from all around the world. The exhibition brings together a mix of professionals, including designers, retailers and architects all looking to absorb new creations and inspirational talent. The artistic prints and designer fabrics displayed at the exhibition are sure to impress and encourage creative thinking.

The show takes place at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, UK, and runs between the 26th and 29th of September 2010.

James Hare provide an array of designer and fashion silks that have been artistically created to express unique style and sophistication. Bright colours and unusual textures are amongst some of the most beautiful pieces of fabric, perfect for the most eye catching fashion creations. Embroidery and embellishment is prominent within the collection of fashion fabrics available from the range.

James Hare has developed ‘Savoy’, a heavyweight silk satin with a unique curl-free finish that has been created in 33 colours, from simple neutrals to energetic shades. Simila Silks are linen look matka silks in various neutral shades. This year’s range includes stripes and embroidery in nine different colour-ways.

James Hare is based in Leeds, UK. Visit the James Hare web site to see more and find stockists worldwide.

Elsewhere Collaborative residencies

2010 residencies for artists, curators, scholars, designers and creatives of
all kinds

Elsewhere Collaborative, a living museum and experimental production
environment in downtown Greensboro, NC, is now accepting applications from
artists, curators, writers, musicians, designers, gardeners, makers,
builders, scholars, producers, and creatives across media for residencies in
2010.

Elsewhere is set within a three-storey former thrift store, boarding
house, and warehouse containing one woman’s enormous 58-year collection of
American surplus, thrift, and antiques. Elsewhere residencies invites
experimental creators to join our collaborating community in utilising this
immense collection of objects, no longer for sale and instead circulating
internally, as material or inspiration for site-specific projects that
become part of an endlessly transforming environment of objects and works.
Artists live and work within interactive installations that provide evolving
frameworks for investigating collaborations, community structures, and
creative processes.

Residency fellowship funding for travel, room and
board, are now available in exchange for hosting an educational workshop
during the residency. Deadlines are rolling every other month; the deadline
for fellowships is 31 January 2010.

Read more and download a brochure at
www.elsewhereelsewhere.org/programs/residencies

Stitch in Time

Stitch in Time is a Heritage Lottery Funded Young Roots project focusing on creative art and fashion to engage young people in traditional heritage textiles and contemporary customised fashion.

The exhibition showcases the results of workshops, gallery visits and consideration of current fashion issues including body image, identity, eco fashion and photographic styling.

All of the work has been produced by disadvantaged young people from Coventry in conjunction with Groundwork West Midlands and fashion/textile artist Claire Harris.

The exhibition is showing at Community Gallery, Avenue Road, Leamington Spa CV31 3PP, and the opening times are:

Saturday 31 October 2009: 10 am – 4pm
Every Wednesday and Thursday in November: 1pm – 4pm
Saturday 28 November 10am – 4 pm

Textile Holiday Tours is launched in the UK

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Textile Holiday Tours is an exciting new business – "the first company in the UK to offer fully escorted, small group textile breaks around the UK".

The tours aim to delight and inspire participants with the rich variety of textiles, both traditional and contemporary, in stately homes, churches, cathedrals, castles, cottages and studios. They include talks from local experts, creative (and fun) workshops, and a relaxing stay in a quality, independent hotel. Lorraine Traer-Clark, owner of Textile Holiday Tours, who escorts the tours personally, expertly chooses and arranges the varied itineraries. More information and booking details on the Textile Holiday Tours web site or call 01621 869089.