East meets West : Indian embroidery techniques

Thursday 19 October 2006
10.00am - 4.00pm
20, Tel: 0161 235 8888 to book.

A seminar on the relationship between Indian craft skills and the Western fashion market.

What is the workshop?

The workshop is intended to introduce participants to the range of traditional embroidery techniques practised in India, past and present.

There will be an introductory talk, handling sessions and a practical workshop. The handling sessions will include Indian textiles from the collections held at the Gallery of Costume at Platt Hall and images and textiles collected by Professor Anne Morrell in India. The traditional textiles will be compared with embroidered and assembled textiles designed by British designer Georgina von Etzdorf and produced in India today. Delegates will also have the opportunity to visit the exhibition Georgina von Etzdorf: 25 years of sensuous textiles over lunch. In the afternoon there will be a practical workshop when participants will have the opportunity to practice the techniques

Who is teaching the course?

The course is led by Professor Anne Morrell, Colette Gilmartin, textile artist and supported by Dr Miles Lambert, Acting Principal Curator of Textiles at the Gallery of Costume.

Professor Anne Morrell was formerly at Manchester Metropolitan University Department of Textiles/Fashion, which has the only embroidery degree course in the UK. Professor Morrell has an international reputation as a contemporary textile artist/embroiderer. She has had a long association with India and has researched, documented and written on Indian embroidered textiles over many years. She is currently consultant to the Ahmedabad Calico Museum where she has been systematically recording and documenting traditional textile techniques. Professor Morrell will be supported by Dr Miles Lambert, Acting Principal Curator of Textiles at the Gallery of Costume.

Colette Gilmartin is a north west based textile artist. She merges skills from textiles and embroidery, millinery and hairdressing to produce bags and headpieces.


Who is it for?

The workshop is ideal for people who have some textile experience but this is not essential. It will provide an ideal opportunity to explore traditional techniques and to examine how they might be used in contemporary creative work.

What do I need to bring?

Nothing. All materials will be provided.

What about lunch?

There will be a one hour lunch break. Lunch will not be provided, however there will be hot drinks available. You can bring your own lunch and eat it in our education studios. Or you can try our delicious café. There are other places to eat in the nearby area.

What if I find out I can’t come?

Places are limited and there may be people who are on a waiting list for a place. If you can’t come for any reason please notify the gallery as soon as possible. We may be able to refund your money, if the cancellation is made a week before.

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