We’re throwing a jam-packed studio party on Friday 23rd November at 6.30pm on two floors of fun at Textiles Hub London where there’ll be lots of pop-up textile events exclusive to Textiles Hub London! Meet our artists and designers, hear all the Show & Tells about all our textiles work, sample our textile-themed cocktails and be the first to get your hands on our first Textiles Hub London book – a gorgeous new publication that illustrates all our amazing talent! You can present your work too for instant feedback from our London community!
We’re always thrilled to see our textile designers and members win all their accolades and awards. We have the highest national rating for nurturing the best talent in a British textiles studio environment and we’re in central London, so why miss out, just ask how we can help!
Join us for our first Pussy Hat Project Knit In inspired by the Pussy Hat Project USA that supports and highlights the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements through the eponymous kitty-eared, naturally-dyed pink hat. You can dye your wool with us in the studio beforehand – we show you how! All ticket sale profits will go to the Pussy Hat Project USA: “The Pussyhat is a symbol of support and solidarity for women’s rights and political resistance. Make a hat! Give a hat! Wear your hat! Share a hat!”
There’ll be lots of other amazing textile craft activities taking place at our studio party, so please join us from 6.30pm on Friday 23rd November at Textiles Hub London.
We’re always thrilled to see the crowds gather for our digital textile and traditional textile craft events. If you’re looking for an unique experience to enhance your special event then we promise to deliver the best hands-on craft event possible, at any scale. Browse some of our events here from Crafts Council to the Victoria & Albert Museum!
Women always appear on the front cover of glossy magazines, right? In the art world, not so much. So, we were delighted when we saw the latest Tate Etc magazine (Autumn 2018) cover image of a woman. Not only is this Anni Albers, the iconic twentieth century modernist artist, but Albers is actively working and creating a tapestry that combines her innovative modernist theory and semiotics with European history and Aztec formal traditions. You can read about these in our book, The Geometrics: Volume Two.
Thanks must surely go to Maria Balshaw, the first female director of the Tate, for doing this as we are near certain that it is her presence that has brought this Tate Etc first to life.
We’re delighted to welcome our new resident modern folk embroiderer, Alex Anne Goodwin, who specializes in textured and narrative embroidery. A modern folk artist, Goodwin’s work communicates joy, tactility and story-telling and is ideal for commissions and hands-on workshops.
The mix ‘n’ match patchwork theme that we saw at Tsumori Chisato continues apace at Christian Dior Fall 2018. The detail is finer and there’s stitch added to hold it all together and embroidered text too to get key Peace and Love messages across.
Creative Director, Maria Grazia Chiuri, gives us another culturally-attuned show with women’s empowerment centre stage.
She attributes her inspiration to the sixties’ Youthquake and rising social emancipation encapsulated around the May 1968 Paris riots. We would go a step further and say that elements of this show convey the complexity of women’s freedom in 2018. For instance, the detailed patchwork fabrics (pictured) that cover dresses, trousers, bags and boots convey a metaphoric fragmentation of Self ‘worn on the sleeve.’
In these dark days of abuser deflection and projection in the highest cultural and historic institutions, victims of denied sexual abuse and harassment are having to ‘pull together’ their shattered selves and re-integrate the very fabric of themselves. This is the symbolic power of fashion and the cultural message that intellectual designers such as Maria Grazia Chiuri are able to expose, consciously or not, through their collections, soundtracks and mise-en-scenes: the metaphoric, material expressions of contemporary culture with a distinctly female authorship.
Join us in reflecting on this further, whilst creating your own textile banner at Textiles Hub London, in one of our workshops that famously integrate the practical, sustainable, material and immaterial:
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We’re loving all the colour at Novis, New York. We spotted this stunning A-line skirt with four bold colour sections and think it’s a great idea for using some old fabrics that you might have stashed somewhere or might pick up from a local thrift store or textile recycler.
Bold brights are a must for a fresh, sunny look, right?
We’re loving all the mix ‘n’ match print and denim inspiration at Tsumori Chisato Pre-Fall 18, Japan, this week. If you haven’t ‘patched up’ yet you could start with a giant-sized denim pocket on an old skirt that has been hanging in the wardrobe for awhile. We all agree that contrasting shades of indigo make for a surprisingly modern look.