Archives par mot-clé : Textile

‘Sourcing the Archive: new approaches to materialising textile history’, Goldsmiths, University of London, Pasold, Textile History, 7 juin 2013

‘Sourcing the Archive: new approaches to materialising textile history’
     Satoru Aoyama
7-8 NOVEMBER 2013
Keynote Speakers:
Professor Carolyn Steedman, University of Warwick
Dr Solveigh Goett, Textile Artist and Researcher
Textiles attract through their sensory appeal – their texture and weight, smell, malleability, sound, retention of owners’ and makers’ bodily traces – factors only fully appreciable through physical engagement with them.  Yet many, especially modern, historians have relied – often of necessity – on documentary or visual sources to research textile history. The 2013 Pasold Conference, jointly organised by Goldsmiths Department of History and the Goldsmiths Textile Collection will explore how tacit knowledge of material and affective relationships  can be traced through the words we think with (Lakoff & Johnson 1999, 2003) with a view to asking: how can  our engagement with textile sources extend our knowledge of the past?  What can textiles communicate that other sources cannot? Building on a range of recent events which encourage engagement with the materiality of textiles, textile archives and/or the relationship between textiles and other historical sources the Conference will seek to identify textiles’ unique contribution to the advancement of historical understanding and practices.
We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers/presentations from historians, practitioners, writers and scholars in any discipline and concerned with any period or region. Proposals from postgraduate students are warmly welcome. Themes for papers may include, but are not limited to the following and we encourage creative interpretation of the overall conference theme:
·         The unique value of textiles as historical sources.
·         The relationship between physical and other (documentary, visual, digital) textile sources.
·         The nature and purpose of physical textile archives in a digital age.
·         The extent to which the value of physical engagement with textiles can be recovered when the textiles no longer exist.
·         The challenges of, and solutions to, disseminating research findings which demand physical engagement with textile sources.
·         The value of the materiality of textiles for cross-cultural/disciplinary interactions and writing about history.
Proposals, c. 250 words (and enquiries) should be sent to: by June 7 2013
Goldsmiths’ acclaimed history of innovative work in the textile arts will be celebrated during the Conference with a special exhibition of material from the Goldsmiths’ Textile Collection, ‘an eclectic, international treasure trove of textiles’.  There will also be an optional afternoon of object handling in the Collection to generate discussion around new ways of writing history.

Embellished Textiles: Interpretation and Care of Fine Needlework in Museums and Historic Houses, University of Wolverhampton, deadline 1er mars 2013

CHORD Workshop and Call for Papers

Embellished Textiles:

Interpretation and Care of Fine Needlework in Museums and Historic Houses


 Wednesday 12 June 2013


University of Wolverhampton


Embellished textiles such as embroidery, lace, netting, fringing and tassels have long been used to add beauty and value to clothing and household furnishings. Great skill and time were required, and the work often included expensive materials such as pearls, sequins, silver and gold. Textile items are particularly prone to the effects of time and embellished items rarely survive in a pristine state that verifies their original status and value. This workshop seeks to explore the interpretation, care and conservation of such artefacts in museums and historic houses. Possible topics might include:


  • The material culture and history of embellished textiles in museums and historic houses
  • Delicate textiles on open display
  • Interpreting needlework skills
  • Gendered production and use
  • The relationship between embellished textiles and the heritage setting
  • Presentation of degraded and fragmentary artefacts

·        Preventative conservation

To submit a proposal, please send title and abstract of c.300/400 words to Laura Ugolini at and Margaret Ponsonby at by 1 March 2013

The workshop will be held in Millennium City Building, located on the University of Wolverhampton’s City campus, just 10 minutes’ walk from Wolverhampton’s bus and train stations.


Exposition Futurotextiles, Cité des sciences et de l’industrie, Paris

Les textiles innovants, entre art et science

Venez découvrir les dernières innovations et les grands enjeux des recherches actuelles en matière de textile : véritable panorama des textiles de demain et de leurs multiples domaines d’application (sport, transport, habillement, santé, design, installations artistiques et même architecture et environnement), l’exposition Futurotextiles vous invite à un voyage artistique, ludique et poétique à travers le thème de l’ultra légèreté, où se croisent fibres insolites, tissus révolutionnaires et réalisations des plus grands créateurs contemporains. Une occasion unique de vous familiariser avec les qualités souvent étonnantes de ces textiles innovants et d’entrevoir l’imagination et l’ingéniosité des chercheurs et des entreprises.

Du 5 février au 14 juillet 2013.
Exposition en français et en anglais