Goldsmiths, University of London, School of Art Diploma in Art and Design, Fashion and Textiles, Specializing in Embroidery Class of 1968
In 1968 a class of “embroidery” students, all female, graduated from Goldsmiths College School of Art, with a Fine Art degree. Embroidery was not new to Goldsmiths, there had been a department for some years, but a degree level Diploma in Art and Design, Fashion and Textiles, Specializing in Embroidery was and this was the first class with this designation.
It was the idea of Constance Howard, CBE, also known as Mrs. Parker, noted for her dedication to and skill in embroidery. She wanted to change what embroidery was, to take it away from embellishment and let it become the art form itself. Fourteen students were selected (many of whom had not applied to do embroidery) from several pre-diploma courses and under her careful eye and often insistent direction these students met the requirements of an honours degree and completed three years of comprehensive art studies.
For these pioneering students it was early days of acceptance for a medium that was both gender and craft stereotyped. Now fifty years on a retrospective exhibit titled Threading Our Way shows snippets of their lives and work.
Threading Our Way is supported by The Constance Howard Gallery and Goldsmiths Textile Collection.
A simultaneous exhibit, 'The New Embroidery Group - 50 Years On!' will be taking place.
9 November -13 December 2018
Monday - Friday 11am to 5pm
The Constance Howard Gallery
Goldsmiths University of London
London SE14 6NW
Tel: 020 7717 2210
Image credit is Constance Howard (photography Philip Wallis)
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