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Announcement: Collectives Fair

SITselect in partnership with Polly Lyster of Dyeworks is launching a new event.

Collectives Fair will open on 20-21 May 2017 as part of the SITselect festival.

Two days of textiles and crafted artefacts with talks from leading innovators.

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Contemporary Printmakers Exhibition at Wetpaint Gallery

Date: 1st -31st July 2016
Opening Times: Thursday – Saturday 10am – 5pm
Venue: Hallidays Mill, London Road,Chalford, Stroud GL6 8NR, UK
Entry: Free

This exhibition celebrates the art of printmaking and will feature an exclusive selection of contemporary printmakers from all over the country. Included in the exhibition will be linocuts by Melvyn Evans and Lucy Farley.

Ceramics by Rowan Whimster – Papier mache by Gill Hackett

Further artists to be announced. On show will be a range of techniques including screen prints, linocuts, etchings and wood engravings. Further artists to be announced and all works will be for sale.

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Material Developments – Lecture and Seminar Session

How have textiles developed and evolved since the Industrial Revolution? How have they shaped lives? How has technology changed the production of textiles? Can textiles be used as a tool for reading social history? Do all cultures interact with textiles in the same way?

This textile history course will analyse modern textile outcomes, focusing on technological, social and cultural developments. We will explore modern material developments from the Industrial Revolution to the present day. The course will analyse at a broad selection of textile pieces and practices from a variety of disciplines, including: fashion; interiors; craft; and architecture. If you would like to explore modern material developments, join us Tuesday evenings at SGS College, Stroud.

Location: SGS College, Stroud

Date: Tuesday (10 weeks from 14th April)

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Experimental Textiles Workshop

Fancy creating innovative, mixed-media textiles? On the Experimental Textiles course at SGS college, Stroud, we will be combining traditional textile techniques with modern materials. Join us in the great material experiment!

During the five-week course we will be applying traditional textile techniques, like appliqué, embroidery and cutwork to a variety of modern materials, from plastics and non-wovens to rubbers and metals. You will learn how to create modern multi-media textile designs for fashion or interiors. All projects will be original thanks to your material and technique selections.

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Godfried Donkor: The Currency of Ntoma

Godfried Donkor is a Ghanaian visual artist living and working in London. His artistic practice straddles continents and cultures as well as sociological, and historical spheres. The film project, The currency of Ntoma (2012) is a brilliant example of his transcultural artistic approach.

The currency of Ntoma presents Donkor’s own mother as a collector of valuable objects – Dutch wax prints. The project is made up of two films (one audio+visual, one visual) streamed simultaneously on opposing walls in a gallery space. For the purpose of the Cultural Threads symposium, the two films were streamed side by side.

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Cultural Threads Symposium, Feb 2015

Over the next week, the SITselect blog will look at the projects discussed in the Cultural Threads symposium held at Central Saint Martins, London.

The Cultural Threads symposium marked the launch of the book, Cultural Threads: transnational textiles today (Hemmings, 2015). The publication draws on a wealth of contemporary art and design to address issues concerning cross-cultural encounter.

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TIRAZ: Widad Kawar Home for Arab Dress

TIRAZ is the newly designed centre in Jordan for Widad Kamel Kawar’s collection of Arab dress. This is the most extensive collection of Arab textiles from the 19th and 20th century.

Created over the course of a lifetime the collection includes more than 2000 traditional garments, including those for celebration, everyday and religious use. The variety of styles, colours, and patterns reflects 19th and 20th century Arab cultural affiliations and social structures, offering an insight into the cross-fertilisation between Jordanian, Syrian, Bedouin and other Arab cultures.

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LYDIA WOOLDRIDGE: New Blogger for SITselect

Lydia studied Textile Design at Loughborough University; this included a year studying Communication Design at Hochschule RheinMain in Germany (2009-2013). Since then she has completed an MA in Modern Languages at the University of Bristol (Visual Culture pathway). Lydia’s research explores the use of textiles to express transcultural encounter. Her MA dissertation, Appropriations of the Oriental Carpet in Contemporary Art, analysed artwork that adopts the oriental carpet as its subject matter to engage with transcultural issues.

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