Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Talking about The Troubles,Textiles and Northern Ireland

The March 26 2015 Clothes, Cloth & Culture Group meeting here at Stuart Hall Library proved so interesting to our audience that we had trouble persuading them to leave on time. If you missed the event, audio recordings of the talks are available to stream: see below.

Dr Karen Nickell talked about her doctoral research 'Embroidery in the Expanded Field: Textile
Narratives in Irish Art Post-1968’ with a response from Professor Catherine Harper.

Karen talked about how textiles are embedded in Irish social, cultural and political life. Her research examines textile practices by individual artists and communities in response to the conflict in Northern Ireland known as the Troubles. Read more about the research and presenters.

The evening started on an informal note; following the group's custom, the presenters showed the audience textile artefacts as 'conversationals'. Karen and Catherine brought with them carefully chosen textile pieces invested with both personal meaning and with cultural significance.

Hand-knitted dishcloth: conversational
 brought by Catherine Harper
Irish crochet: conversational
brought by Karen Nickell

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