6 August 2012
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.
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).
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.
8 December 2009
2010 residencies for artists, curators, scholars, designers and creatives of
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
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
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
27 October 2009
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
6 January 2009
Job opportunities for textile artists – get involved with the River and Cloth project in the London Borough of Merton. Foir more information see the Embroiderers’ Guild web site.
Deadline 12th January 2009
20 June 2008
The British Sari Story 2008 competition is offering a £250 top prize for a design for a British Bridal Sari. Do you have a vision of a sari showing the hopes, dreams and experience of a British Asian bride? Traditionally bridal saris have fantastic beading and embroidery from south Asia.
Detail of a Gharcholu sari, worn by brides in Gujarat,
Credit: Flexeflix/Bridging Arts
"But we’re looking for something new – British beading, embroidery and
embellishment, reflecting British Asian experience in the UK . We hope you
will be as imaginative as possible with your entry. We could see a tweed
sari with a heather embroidered motif – or a Welsh sari with leeks and
daffodils! Entrants are free to use whatever they like in their embroidery -
buttons instead of sequins… The possibilities are endless…"
Finalists’ work will become part of the British Sari Story touring
exhibition, celebrating British Asian life today. This exhibition is
currently at the Harley Gallery, Worksop. Winners will be announced when the exhibition opens at the Charnwood Museum, Loughborough, in October 2008.
Entry is free and is open to all. Closing date 31 August 2008.
More information from the Bridging Arts web site, where an application form can be downloaded; or email
, tel 020 8749 9010.
Nilesh Mistry, a Mumbai-born illustrator now based in north-west
London, won the top prize in the 2007 competition with his Sari for Harrow. The five metres of silk
show Harrow’s coat of arms and the famous public school but also the "real"
Harrow – an exquisite border of its citizens including a Somali woman in a
Burka, a hoodie with a mobile phone, a Gujarati housewife, a Polish builder
and Afro Caribbean woman and a mullah.
10 May 2008
Call For Entries
The Textile Directory has announced their Spellbinding Textiles Competition, open to anybody with an interest in any area of textiles, including fashion, interiors, textile art and design and 3D work.
The theme of the competition is magic and entrants are asked to produce an item based on their interpretation of this theme.
The overall winner of the competition will receive £1000 to spend on Pfaff products and there will be an exhibition of the 30 best entries at
The Forge Mill Needle Museum in Redditch in February 2009.
The closing date of the competition is 31 October 2008. Anybody wishing to
enter the competition will need to submit 3 – 4 images of their finished piece plus a short artist’s statement by this date to
or you can post a CD of your images to
The Textile Directory, 8 King Charles Court, Evesham, Worcestershire WR11 4RF
A gallery of entries will also be included on The Textile Directory website.
More information at Spellbinding Textiles Competition.
4 February 2008
Bags2Riches 2008 is the 3rd annual handbag competition to prevent homelessness.
The brief is to create an original handbag to be eligible to win the "The Most Original Handbag Award" with Grand Prize Package. The deadline for entries is August 20, 2008.
The judges will select 10 finalists, with selection criteria including originality, unique design elements, and quality of workmanship. The finalists will be highlighted in a fashion show at the Artsgarden in downtown Indianapolis on Wednesday, October 8 2008, between 11am and 2pm.
The Grand Prize winner will be determined by the most purchased votes, and each of the ten final handbags will go home with a lucky voter.
Bags not chosen to be a finalist will be sold or auctioned, with the proceeds benefiting Trusted Partners’ efforts to prevent homelessness in Indianapolis. Trusted Partners is an organisation that matches volunteer mentors with families and individuals in homeless prevention programmes to increase the number of people who remain housed.
For an entry form and more information, go to www.bags2richesindy.org.
18 October 2007
Textile artists (individuals and groups) are invited to submit a piece of work for Tactile Textiles, an exhibition at The Red House Museum, in Christchurch, Dorset, from 5 July to 25 August 2008.
The exhibition will provide a stimulating and exciting experience, enabling visitors to touch the exhibits. When we are working with textiles, we are constantly handling them, yet in exhibitions the urge to touch is usually restrained by "Please do not touch" signs. This deliberately tactile exhibition will dispense with this barrier and create a display that can be touched, experienced and enjoyed by all, and especially by children and visually impaired people.
There will be various prizes including cash awards from CADArts and an Xpression Embellisher machine from Janome. In addition Workshop on the Web, the online embroidery magazine, have donated a cash prize of £50 and there are embroidery supplies from Coats Crafts UK, Fibrecrafts, Jennifer Gail Threads and Gillsew.
Organised by CADArts, (Christchurch & District Arts), the competition is open to anyone and you can enter by post if you pay the return postage. The event is being supported by the Culture, Learning and Lifestyle Action Group of the Christchurch Community Partnership.
For further details please visit the Tactile Textiles page on the CADArts web site.
10 September 2007
Susan Sorrell has recently created the Fiber Arts/Mixed Media network on the social networking site Ning. It’s free to join and members can post information about classes, artwork, techniques, shows, and web resources, share their work, seek advice, and build community. The more people who participate the more wide-ranging this resource will become, so do check it out…
22 July 2007
Exhibition of Contemporary Textile Art
August 4th to 12th 2007 ~ Venue 10, Pittenweem Arts Festival 2007
Edge – Textile Artists Scotland have been invited to exhibit at the Pittenweem Arts Festival 2007.
The Pittenweem Arts Festival is an extremely popular major summer event and is now the highlight of the annual life of this pretty East Neuk village in Fife. The festival, which is in its 24th year, features well over seventy exhibitions, plus musical, theatrical and other events. Come along – it really is an inspiring event!
There will be a wide range of innovative and exciting textile work on display and for sale e.g. framed and unframed artworks, 3D items, bags, hats, scarves, cushions, textile jewellery, etc.
For further information please contact: D. Walker: Chairperson, 01382 776249;
P Hann: Exhibitions Convenor, 01382 542749; or J Pitts: Publicity Secretary, 01738 444933.