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2022/23 EVENTS

Welcome to the School of Textiles, where practitioners and specialists offer the opportunity for students to experience different techniques and expand their knowledge of individual subjects.
At Christ Church Upper Hall, 26 Stoneham Street, Coggeshall CO6 1UH
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Annual Guest Lecture 2022: Thursday 28th April 2022, 2:00-4:30pm, including handling session and tea
Sanderson Past and Present – Dr Keren Protheroe, Archivist at Sanderson Design Group

"Eaton Rural: Sanderson Textiles 1919 to 1935" Find out about Sanderson’s first adventure into textile production for the newly built English suburbs. In 1919, the renowned wallpaper manufacturer Arthur Sanderson & Sons, purchased land on the River Frey at Uxbridge, so beginning a new chapter for the business. By 1921 a fully-functioning textile factory was producing Sanderson’s Eton Rural range. Brightly coloured and boldly styled, these captured an English interwar modernity in designs that were as optimistic as they were innovative.

Caption: Eaton Rural – Sanderson Textiles 1919 to 1935.

This is a rare opportunity to join in as Sanderson continues to celebrate its 160th birthday. Original Eaton Rural examples will be on show, together with Sanderson’s One Sixty collection, revisiting its archive of textile prints and wallpapers, and Water Garden, the latest collection of Spring 2022. Both collections feature updated designs from Sanderson’s early Eton Rural collections. In between the lecture and handling session, there will be a short break for afternoon tea.

£20 to book.

Book Launch: Thursday 16th June 2022, 2:00-4:30pm, including handling session and tea
The Art of Wallpaper: Morris & Co. in Context (ACC Art Books) – Mary Schoeser

This book places William Morris in context, beginning with French and English papers of the sort that were rejected by Morris. Among these is a Zuber scenic printed in 1834, the year of his birth. Also introducing the Reform Movement, it (unusually) next explores the impact of Japanese influences, highlighting the work of Christopher Dresser and showing both imported ‘kinkarakawakami’, and the Morris & Co. response to these. Log books and papers by Jeffrey & Co. – who undertook the Morris printing - adjoin the central presentation of Morris & Co. papers dating from 1864 to 1927.

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We’ll follow the trail of influence from William Morris himself to the impact of the Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society and the Arts & Crafts Movement. See how Morris’s block-printed ‘Daisy’ (c.1864) transforms into a similar John Line roller-printed sanitary paper of c.1918, thus bringing the Morris vision into the popular domain. Handling samples and copies of the book will be available. In between the lecture and handling session, there will be a short break for afternoon tea.

£20.00 TO BOOK.

At The School of Textiles, 33 Church Street, Coggeshall CO6 1TX

We specialise in gatherings for small groups (maximum 12), so that everyone can join in and have stimulating encounters during the handling sessions that follow each talk. Refreshments included.

Caption: Recycled sari yarn scarf 2006.

Recycled sari yarn scarf 2006.

Colour and Imagination:

Monday, 12th September, 2:00-4:15pm £20

This afternoon offers the chance to look closely at colours, with an introduction to the history of colourants enhanced through comparison of synthetic-dyed textiles with hand-dyed yarns and fabrics housed in the School’s collection. These include cloth samples from Ethel Mairet’s influential workshop, Gospels (c.1919-52) and yarn samples dyed by Ella McLeod, who founded the textile course at Farnham College of Art, 1949.

Caption: Norah Stocker Workshop.
Norah Stocker Workshop

Postponed for happy reasons until 2023 - £45 to include fabrics and threads; contact Norah re booking, payment and further details.

Norah is well known for her paintings, prints, photos, textiles and teaching. An intuitive artist using a variety of media and substrates, her work explores the cycle of life and the natural world. Join her for a day of creativity, producing your own eco-dyed and stitched fabrics.

Caption: Rachel knit c.1970.

Rachel knit c.1970.

Missoni Style: making “total knitwear”:

Monday, 31st October, 2:00-4:15pm £20

In 1973, twenty years after Ottavio and Rosita Missoni had married and set up a small knitwear workshop in Gallarete, Italy, they received the prestigious Neiman Marcus Fashion Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion, regarded as the Oscar of the fashion world. Joining the likes of Schiaparelli, Chanel and Doir, find out how and why Missoni is now regarded as the most important name in total knitwear dressing.

EXHIBITION
Inspired by Wool: Open from Wednesday 25th March to Autumn 2022

This exhibition showcases work by members of the Cambridgeshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, who took inspiration from a weaver’s sample book held in the School of Textiles in Coggeshall. The sample book is part of the School’s Keith H. Robson Collection and contains his 1960s’ designs for George Roberts & Company (1838-1967) of Selkirk, Scotland. 

Caption: Sue Wallis’s weave sample inspired by Robson’s book, courtesy Sue Wallis.

Cambridgeshire Guild of Weavers Spinners & Dyers workshop, courtesy the Guild.

Caption: Cambridgeshire Guild of Weavers Spinners & Dyers workshop, courtesy the Guild.

Keith Robson’s 1960s’ weave draft and sample book.

For the the Cambridgeshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers schedule and further information click ‘What’s On’ below.

Caption: Cambridgeshire Guild of Weavers Spinners & Dyers workshop, courtesy the Guild.

Sue Wallis’s weave sample inspired by Robson’s book, courtesy Sue Wallis.

Inspired by Wool is on show in Paycocke’s House - home of a Tudor merchant when “Coggeshall Whites” were famously known as a kind of baize of superior fineness - what connects these geographically disperse entities is an understanding of the unique characteristics of wool.

Exhibition entry is included in the house admission ticket, free to members of the National Trust. Prebooking through the National Trust website is advised to avoid disappointment.

Paycocke's House & Garden

25 West Street, Coggeshall, Essex CO6 1NS

COMING: In 2023
Annual Guest Lecture and Workshop
Caption: May Morris: Art and Life - New Perspectives (Friends of the William Morris Gallery: 2017), ed. Dr. Lynn Hulse.
Colour and Imagination:

Thursday 11th May 2:00-4:30pm.

Lynn edited May Morris: Art & Life (Friends of the William Morris Gallery: 2017).
This is a special chance to hear about the life and work of May Morris, who was influential both in her own right and as the guardian of the work of her father, William Morris.


£20.00 TO BOOK.

Study with Dr Lynn Hulse, an authority on May Morris and former Archivist at the Royal School of Needlework. This eminent teacher of historic hand stitch is also founder with Nicola Jarvis of Ornamental Embroidery

Caption: May Morris ‘Olive and Rose’ firescreen detail, private collection.

May Morris ‘Olive and Rose’ firescreen detail, private collection.

Caption: May Morris: Art and Life - New Perspectives (Friends of the William Morris Gallery: 2017), ed. Dr. Lynn Hulse.
Workshop

Thursday 11th and Friday 12th May.

A constant theme throughout the work of the Arts and Crafts designer May Morris (1862-1938) is her love of meadow plants and cottage garden flowers. Working in silk threads on a tussah silk ground, join specialist Lynn Hulse to learn to embroider a small picture panel or cushion cover (30cm square) in the style of May Morris, inspired by one of her botanical patterns. Suitable for beginner/intermediate level.

Price including materials, needles, an instruction booklet, refreshments and entry to the lecture by Lynn on the 12th. Please bring a pair of embroidery scissors and a 10-inch (25 cm) ring frame.

£150 TO BOOK:

Banner image: Sophie Pattinson screen printed and stitched shawl made in Bangladesh 2011, and vintage embroidery from Hazare Valley, Pakistan, photo Joe Mackay.
All images unless otherwise attributed are courtesy of and copyright the School of Textiles.

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