|Dr Jessica Hemmings. Photo: Kathryn Campbell Dodd.|
The day begin with Jessica's introduction, highlighting some wonderful examples of practice within the art textiles sphere which is woven, or references the process of weaving. My absolute favourite example was the 'Wind up: Walking the Warp' project by Anne Wilson. I thought the below image was so powerful - a real visual spectacle which to a non-weaver must seem utterly bizarre. It's also a profound comment on the passing of time, the nature of craftsmanship, and the power of process. You can read more about this intriguing project here: http://www.annewilsonartist.com/windup-chicago-walking.html
Anne Wilson, “Wind-Up: Walking the Warp,” 2008
Photo: Surabhi Ghosh
|Professor Lesley Millar. Photo: Kathryn Campbell Dodd.|
We then had a presentation from Dr Wayne Forster, Head of the Welsh School of Architecture, which recounted much of the dialogue between Wayne and myself exploring the common ground between the architectural and textile disciplines. You may remember I blogged last year about the Architextiles series of workshops I ran with Wayne at the School of Architecture. Wayne presented many of the examples of cross disciplinary works in both textiles and architecture we'd come across in our research and how this fed into the workshops we ran for the first and second year architecture students.
|Dr Wayne Forster. Photo: Kathryn Campbell Dodd|
|Andy Ross. Photo: Kathryn Campbell Dodd|
To conclude Ruth Greany, a textile trend researcher for WGSN talked about her former career as a woven fashion textile designer for Woven Studio and her work now at WGSN, exploring how trends are researched, identified, synthesised and presented to clients.
|Ruth Greany. Photo: Kathryn Campbell Dodd|
As a result of spending two days at the symposium and the various exhibition openings talking to a veritable 'who's who' in the world of weaving, I've been mulling over how to continue the momentum of interest and energy thats seems to have started. Ideas are already forming, and I'll tell you about them once they start to become reality. One thing I have decided to start now is a new blog which will record all the interesting weave related items I find happening in art design, craft, science, industry and academia. I spend a little too much time researching online and it would be wonderful to be able to share the suprising, curious, intrguing, beautiful weave related images and links I find with you. It will also review exhibitions I go to, books I read, and any other curious snippets of relevant info. I hope it will in time become a valuable resource for students, researchers and curators who are exploring weave in all its guises, but also the general art/design/craft enthusiast. There's not much posted yet (only just started!) but please subscribe and tell your friends and colleagues about it too: http://www.thewarpandweftblog.blogspot.com/