Academic Session 31: Loughborough 2017

43rd Annual Conference & Art Book Fair
Loughborough University
6th to 8th April 2017
Textile, Art & Design: Reciprocity and development


Alice Kettle, Manchester Metropolitan University,
Uthra Rajgopal, The Whitworth, University of Manchester,

The reciprocity and division of textiles and the fine arts are in continual negotiation. This session examines the nexus between the fine and decorative arts, craft making and commercial production. Many artists of the 20th century such as Abakanowicz, Dali, Delaunay, Matisse, Moore, Parker, Picasso, Paolozzi and Warhol (to name but a few) have been celebrated for their collaborations in sculpture and/or pattern making but this approach presents one avenue of the artist’s intervention in textiles. This session will consider a wider view, asking how contributions of textile designers and artists working across a spectrum of geographical and historical periods, such as those working in Spitalfields, Lyon, Japan or India for example, or designers such as Dora Batty, Marian Clayden, Marion Dorn, Bernat Klein or John Piper influenced and collaborated with artists, fashion designers and art movements or contributed to the synergy of these practices.

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Victoria Brown (University of Chichester) Bonnard, Brâncu?i Scully and me – how painters and sculptors have informed my practice as a feltmaker in the exhibited work for Place at the Table, Pallant House 2014

Hannah de Corte (Artist and Research Fellow (Brussells)) The Visibility of Textile as a Painting Support. Cloth at the forefront of the painted picture in the second half of the 20th century

Susan Campbell (University of Dublin, Trinity College) ‘Unpicking the Weave: Line, Textile and the Art of Richard Tuttle’

Allison Joan Martino (University of Michigan) Cloth, Calabash, and Canvas:?The Cultural Evolution of Akan Adinkra Symbols from Textiles to Fine Art