Due to bank holidays and the Living Crafts show there is a bit of a long wait for our next meeting on Saturday 18th May. But it is an all-day event with Back to Basics in the morning and an afternoon speaker.
For Back to Basics we will be invited to join in with a new Branch Project – just bring a pencil and all will be revealed! Remember to bring your packed lunch too.
In the afternoon I suspect that the subject”The Art of the Doily” will be more surprising than the title might imply! Sally Richardson’s intricate drawings of doilies aim to both celebrate and critique vintage textile pieces. During her talk Sally explores doilies as symbols of respectability and femininity which have since become redundant, now more likely to be viewed as out of date and a sign of old age. She examines their social and gendered nature as well as the role of repetition and precise instructions in undermining creativity and artistic intervention. You might think twice about giving those antimacassars to a charity shop after this.
Living Crafts Hatfield House, Saturday 9th to Sunday 12th May
The Future of Craft Oxo tower, London, 9th to 12th May 2019
The Great Exhibition Road Festival South Kensington, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June 2019 – register now for free tickets
See also Bits and Bobs
Swinging London – A Lifestyle Revolution Fashion and Textile Museum, London, until 2nd June 2019
Mary Quant Victoria and Albert Museum until February 2020
Ctrl/Shift: New Directions In Textile Art The 62 Group – National Centre for Craft & Design, Sleaford, from 2nd Feb to 22nd Apr 2019
Dressed For Best – Chertsey Museum, Chertsey, Surrey, until 1st September 2019
The Embroidered Home – Royal School of Needlework, until August 2019
Embroidered Stories – Edinburgh, until April 21st 2019
…. and see these sites for more: