Warp & Weft symposium

Warp & Weft Symposium September 11, 2010

11:00 – 11:50 introduction
Jessica Hemmings, Head of Context, Edinburgh College of Art
“In Ersilia, to establish the relationships that sustain the city’s life, the inhabitants stretch strings from the corners of the houses, white or black or gray or black-and-white… spider-webs of intricate relationships seeking form.” Italo Calvino

11:50 – 12:40 curation & narration
Lesley Millar, Professor of Textile Culture
Director Anglo Japanese Textile Research Centre
University for the Creative Arts
Constructed narratives/narrative constructs (the weaver’s tale)
“Chaotic networks of green, red, and white become explosions in a field, then finally become ordered vertical lines…(finding their) way to calm mastery, shimmering, exemplifying heart-held virtues with grace and perfection… moments I remembered, I might have again and pass on to you, my Youth, through this weaving.” Richard Tuttle

12:40 – 1:30 architecture
Wayne Forster, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University
Line to Construction: explorations in textile and architecture
“Art and architecture first intersected when man learned to fasten textile to a post.”

1:30 – 2:30 lunch

2:30 – 3:20 music
Andy Ross, Creative Director of ASF Shetland
Weave, music and community: a Shetland tale
“When I was a bachelor, I lived all alone, and worked at the weaver's trade.” English folksong.

3:20 – 3:40 film & tea
Matt Hulse’s Light Work: many hands & (7 minutes)
Anne Wilson’s Wind Up: Walking the Warp (7.09 minutes)

3:40 – 4:30 trends
Ruth Greany, Textile Trend Researcher, Materials WGSN
Trending Textiles: from concept to commercial
“WGSN identify and analyse future and current trends; creating original, actionable on-line tools to power our customers’ commercial success.”

4:30 – 5:00 closing comments Jessica Hemmings