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Parasol from the Goldsmiths Textile Collection

Christine Checinska, Ruby Hoette

Each session, academics or practitioners from different disciplines will discuss how they would approach research into an object from Goldsmiths Special Collections & Archives or Textile Collection. This session: Parasol from the Goldsmiths Textile Collection

Wed, 18 Mar 15 0

Home-sewing patterns from the Goldsmiths Textile Collection

Vivienne Richmond, Sue Dray, Emma Tarlo

Each session, academics or practitioners from different disciplines will discuss how they would approach research into an object from Goldsmiths Special Collections & Archives or Textile Collection. This session: Home-sewing patterns from the Goldsmiths Textile Collection

Tue, 10 Feb 15 0

Femininity: the Feminine and the Feminist as critical terms in Rozsika Parker’s Textile/Textual Imaginary

Griselda Pollock

Keynote paper during the session: The Feminine Stitch to The Feminist Stitch

Mon, 27 Jan 14 0

An Exemplary Embroidery of the Magdalene: how should curators understand women’s historic textiles?

Roisin Inglesby

In 2006 conservators at the V&A discovered an extraordinary 17th - century embroidery of Mary Magdalene. This paper investigates why the maker depicted the Magdalene in this seemingly unique way, and how a curator should interpret and explain textiles produced by anonymous women. I argue that many approaches focus on embroidering as an act or as behaviour, and embroideries only secondarily as physical manifestations of ideas, thus undermining the wider social impact of anonymous women’s work. However, liberated from the expectations of biography, anonymous textiles have the capacity to subvert traditional historical narratives, producing a more inclusive understanding of the past.

Mon, 27 Jan 14 0

Emblems of Childbirth in the Embroideries of Mary Queen of Scots

Michael Bath

The surviving Oxburgh embroideries of Mary Queen of Scots include a damaged panel showing “A Shee Dolphin” which copies Conrad Gessner’s illustration showing “a female dolphin” in the very act of parturition. Mary’s motives for copying this particular illustration almost certainly include political and personal issues which are at play in many of her other embroideries, notably her success as a female sovereign in producing a legitimate male heir, unlike her “virgin” cousin, Elizabeth of England. Issues of sovereignty and gender can thus be shown to be of particular importance in these most significant of historical textiles

Mon, 27 Jan 14 0