Goldsmiths Textile Collection Workshop Two: What Can Textiles Teach Us?

Andrews, Jorella G.; Watson, Grant and Cameron, Jane. 2023. 'Goldsmiths Textile Collection Workshop Two: What Can Textiles Teach Us?'. In: Goldsmiths Textile Collection Workshop Two: What Can Textiles Teach Us?. Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom 22 June 2023. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Organised with textile curator Grant Watson and GTC curator Jane Cameron.

The Goldsmiths Textile Collection was set up as a teaching collection, hence the question - what can textiles teach us? This workshop addressed textiles as pedagogic tools, conceptual prompts and as the repository of information about technology, culture, labour, trade, craft and aesthetics, or as ‘orphaned matter’ where the information is missing. It pursued this question through the examination and group discussion of specific textiles from the collection, selected by participants who came from a wide range of different textile backgrounds.

Works chosen online in advance were brought out of storage. The Goldsmiths Textile Collection is a ‘touching’ collection so being able to handle the materials was key. Participants discussed their textile choice in whatever terms they wished, and as this was an informal opportunity to get to know the collection, no extensive preparation is needed. The collection curator then related additional information known about each selected piece. Participants were also encouraged to bring a textual reference in relation to their textile, which could then be added to the collections’ interpretative materials. The workshop was recorded and documented, providing raw data for futher analysis.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Other)

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Library > Special Collections
Visual Cultures
Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre for Textiles


22 June 2023Completed

Event Location:

Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom

Date range:

22 June 2023

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04 Jan 2024 16:47

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04 Jan 2024 17:01


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