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Textiles have a history of political use as emblems within campaigns and causes, whether trade union banners, uniforms or signature quilts. As the USA slides into the final furlong of the presidential election, The Textile Museum presents Your Next President! which presents rare campaign flags and patriotic textiles from the Mark and Rosalind Shenkman Collection, which explore how presidential campaigning developed in the 19th century.
Reflecting on his ambition for the Regent Street store he opened in 1875, Arthur Lasenby Liberty said: `I was determined not to follow existing fashion but to create new ones.’ Mission accomplished – Liberty celebrates its 140th anniversary last year and its oriental inspired and floral prints have remained desirable throughout its history, confounding the rules of the fashion.
As part of British Library’s epic exhibition celebrating eight centuries of Magna Carta, a new embroidered artwork by Cornelia Parker was unveiled in May. A landmark in constitutional history and a foundation of the concept of the rule of law, Magna Carta is one of the most famous documents ever written. What began life in the13th centuryas apeace treaty between King John and his barons has come to be viewed as the great charter of civil liberties and retains enormous symbolic power as an ancient defence of individual rights and freedoms.
At the beginning of May in Textile Museum of Canada in Toronto was opened an excellent exhibition Artist Textiles: From Picasso to Warhol. This major international exhibition offering a fascinating overview of 20th-century textile designs from some of the the world’s most renowned artists. Through pattern design and industrially manufactured textiles made for the mass market, artists found ways to make their work less elitist and more accessible to broader audiences. Before arrived in Toronto, the textiles were exhibited in London (UK), Tilburg (The Netherlands) and Lowell (USA).
Craftivist Collective current project is in support of War on Want’s Love Fashion Hate Sweatshops campaign, in the lead up to London Fashion Week (Sept 2013). The project makes a stand against sweatshops and other human rights abuses in the fashion industry using mini cross stitch protest banners.
The Renegade Craft Fair (RCF) is a large scale marketplace event, showcasing the work of contemporary indie-craft artists. Featuring hundreds of artists at a time, vendors travel from all over to sell their handmade goods and original artwork. RCF is held in urban epicenters of creative indie-entrepreneurship throughout the US and abroad – including Brooklyn, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, and London (UK). Join the London RCF on September 15th and 16th 2012 from 11am-6pm both days at the Old Truman Brewery for the very best in indie crafts from the UK
There is no better time than the time spent with your family and kids. Especially when your children are small and in need to discover and learn new things, it is the best way to occupy them with some creative projects. So you can look for ways to keep craft time with your children simple and fun. Here are some suggestions that may help you to create an interesting crafting project for your children and you.
Calon Yarns is certainly more than a wool shop. Established in 2011 by brother and sister team Lynne and Jon Seymour, this centre of crafty goodness based in Cardiff prides itself on not only stocking wonderful yarns, notions and patterns but also on running high quality, fun and inspirational workshops in all sorts of techniques from knitting and crochet sessions to dressmaking, felt making, quilting, spinning, embroidery… the list goes on!
3rd Ward is the home for creativity. It’s a special place where you can experiment, practice and polish your craft, and a place to explore the possibilities.
Whether you’re looking to dabble in your creativity or whether you want to seriously turn your passion into your daily living, they are here to help you make it happen. 3rd Ward offers the classes, tools, and space you need to be inspired, share ideas, and express your creativity—all in a fun and supportive environment with people striving to do the same thing as you.
Now is its ninth year, the London Design Festival, which runs from 17th-25th September 2011, has become a key event on the international design calendar. Although a central office provides umbrella branding as well as organising a host of talks and installations around the London, the event has always relied on a patchwork quilt of partners – from large corporations to independant designer-makers.