Sunday, February 03, 2008

21st Century Textiles--One Day Symposium

21st Century Textiles
One Day Symposium
May 10 2008

Five shining stars in the world of contemporary textiles, each at the peak of their career and at the forefront of contemporary textiles, will be presenting at a one day symposium, which will explore new directions and new thinking, and encourage lots of debate and discussion, during this year's Stroudwater International Textile Festival.

Participating Speakers are:

Marie O'Mahony
Marie is an independent consultant specialising in advanced textiles and technology. Writer, curator, lecturer. Co writer 'Techno Textiles 2: Revolutionary Fabrics for Fashion & Design'
Presentation: Collaboration – the Future of Textiles

Sarah E Braddock Clarke
Writer, curator & lecturer. Co-author of 'Techno Textiles 2: Revolutionary Fabrics for Fashion & Design' with Marie O'Mahony. Sarah will be focusing on new materials and their applications to fashion and art.
Presentation: 'The New Flexibles' materials and techniques will be discussed & samples brought to experience their handle and construction

Rebecca Earley
Designer and Reader of Textiles Environment Design (TED) at Chelsea College of Art & Design. Curator Crafts Council's 'Well Fashioned: Eco Style in the UK'
Presentation: Textiles and the Environment, and the role and responsibility of the textile designer in the future

Sally Freshwater
Principal Lecturer at School of Art & Design, University of Hertfordshire and Programme Leader on MA Art Practices. She uses textiles in large site-specific structures, working with architects and architect practices.
Presentation: 'Development of site specific work – working with architecture'

Jennifer Shellard
London College of Fashion. Programme Leader Surface Textiles
BA Hons fashion, Design & technology. Research into light responsive materials; woven textiles.
Presentation: 'LIGHT CLOTH' is a body of work which explores interactions of colour between hand woven textiles and projected, manipulated light.

The day will be chaired by Dr. Polly Binns Research Professor in Visual Culture at Buckinghamshire New University. Writer, tutor, lecturer, arts advisor. Polly has also exhibited worldwide.

The Symposium Day is to take place at the Stroud College in Gloucestershire, on May 10th 2008.

21st Century Textiles is part of an exciting 21 days of exhibitions, events, talks, workshops that celebrate the diversity of textiles in the annual Stroudwater International Textile Festival.

The festival is offering reduced ticket prices for students and the first 5 STT members to contact the office:

Fee: £65.00 includes refreshments and lunch
Concessions: Students : £50.00 includes refreshments and lunch
Venue: Stroud College, Stratford Road, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 4AH

To get a free copy of the festival brochure, will be available in March. Please contact the Festival Office +44 (0)1453 808076

The Symposium has been supported by the Idlewild Trust and Stroud Town Council

Visit the website for complete details: