Textile Course. Four Fibres: Many Stories

We are delighted to announce that this autumn/winter Jennifer Wearden from the V&A will give a series of study days on the history of textiles.

A history of textiles can be told by looking at the four major natural fibres used in their construction: wool, linen, silk and cotton. Their story touches on ancient Egyptian burial rites, medieval church vestments, early aeronautics, the fashions set by the wealthiest elite and the effect of the American Civil War on the textile industries of Iran. This series of talks will include silks and velvets, knitted wool, printed cotton, the finest lace and immense tapestries and carpets. It will explore the most intimate of the decorative arts. We wear textiles, we furnish our homes with them, but how much do we really know about their history?

The course comprises of six days each containing two talks, 11.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 2.30pm.

COMPLETED: Monday 24th September 2018 11.30 – 12.30 & 1.30 – 2.30:
Wool: from Owling to Donkey Jackets
Knitted Things

COMPLETED: Monday 15th October 2018 11.30 – 12.30 & 1.30 – 2.30:
The Agony of Flax: Linen in Ancient Egypt
Linen Underpinning Europe

Monday 19th November 2018 11.30 – 12.30 & 1.30 – 2.30:
The Secret of Silk
Renaissance Silks and Velvets

Monday 18th February 2019 11.30 – 12.30 & 1.30 – 2.30:
King Cotton
Muslin

Monday 18th March 2019 11.30 – 12.30 & 1.30 – 2.30:
Tapestries and Carpets
Lace: the linen noose

Monday 15th April 2019 11.30 – 12.30 & 1.30 – 2.30:
Spitalfields Silks
Technicolour Printed Cottons

£30 per day (both talks)

For further information ‘phone Corynna on 07771713023 or email info@thechapelarts.com

To book your tickets click here BOOK NOW!

Jennifer Wearden was Senior Curator (Textiles) in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London leaving that post at the end of 2004, after 28 years, to become a Research Fellow. She is now a Year Course Director in the Learning Department and devises and delivers popular courses on aspects of textile history. She is the author and co-author of several V&A publications.

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