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Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology to Host Passion & Legacy Exhibition

From 3 – 12 December 2015 GMIT will host an exhibition of Textile work as part of international education & design project Passion & Legacy.

Work on display will include designs from GMIT students, and from students, practitioners and stitchers from other parts of Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and the UK, including Dr Lynn Hulse’s Ornamental Embroidery group.

For details about the Private View on Thursday 3 December at 5.30 – 7pm email info@redstranddesign.com

Here’s a selection of work in progress from GMIT students.

GMIT Year 4 student's critique

GMIT Year 4 critique

GMIT Year 3 work

GMIT Year 3 work

GMIT Year 3

GMIT Year 3

GMIT Year 3 & 4

GMIT Year 3 & 4

GMIT Year 3 & 4

GMIT Year 3 & 4

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Symposium Celebrating 125 Years of Irish Design

Become a part of the Passion & Legacy community in January 2106 at this important Symposium celebrating 125 Years of Irish Design. Historians, designers, artists, contemporary makers and writers will gather at the University of Belfast  to discuss the impact of Irish textiles and design  since the later 1800s, and the extraordinary way it continues to inspire students and practitioners around the world today.

You’ll also have the chance to join two private museum tours and special events at the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum and the Irish Folk & Transport Museum.

Speakers at the Symposium on Friday 22 January include Professor Nicola Gordon Bowe, Dr Lynn Hulse, Bruce Clark, Dr Helen McAllister, Dr Nigel Cheney, Catherine O’Hara, Pamela Hardesty, Dr Karen Nickell, Hazel Bruce and Alex Ward.

The private tour and opening reception will be held at the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum on Thursday 21 January, and the tour to the Irish Folk Museum will take place on Saturday 22 January.

 

More details here

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Now Available – Limited Edition Pure Linen Swedish Embroidery Threads

We are delighted to announce that on 1 October 2015 McBurney and Black will launch four Limited Edition Passion & Legacy packs of vintage linen threads – Dante, Jacobean, Castleboro and Jacobean 2.

They are created from McBurney and Black’s recent discovery of a collection of pure linen Swedish embroidery threads which have remained untouched since they were spun in the 1960s.

Dante

Dante

Jacobean 1

Jacobean 1

Jacobean 2

Jacobean 2

Castleboro

Castleboro

 

Each one contains 6 skeins in colours selected by Dr Lynn Hulse and inspired by the work of the Lethbridge sisters. There are just 60 packs of each group available and can be purchased at www.mcburneyandblack.com


Winners of the 3rd Textile Challenge announced

Design by Ashleigh Hudswell

Design by Ashleigh Hudswell

Winners of the 3rd Textile Challenge were announced by Caroline McNamara, Vice Chair of Texere and Founder of Red Strand Design during the ETN (European Textile Network) conference in Leiden, The Netherlands, on 17 May.

Read about background to The Textile Challenge here.

The 3rd Textile Challenge asked participants to drawn inspiration from designers working during the 2nd half of the 19th century – Owen Jones, William Morris, Christopher Dresser…. It was a time when the ‘Reform’, ‘Arts & Crafts’ and ‘Aesthetic’ movements questioned the value of design and introduced patterns from many other cultures.

Over 80 entries were submitted from the colleges and stitch groups in Europe, Australia and India – from West Country Embroiderers, CIT Cork, Kinsale College of Further Education, NID India, Bath Spa University, RMIT Melbourne, and the University of East London.

Historian and writer Mary Schoeser, judging on behalf of the Warner Textile Archive, remarked that the overall standard of entries this year has been the highest to date. Using a non-woven substrate for their challenge base the technical responses received demonstrated a wide skill set. The students from RMIT Melbourne were particularly congratulated for their outstanding and inspirational work.

In all, 21 students were Shortlisted, 14 Highly Commended and 6 Winners announced.

Winners

Ashleigh Hudswell, RMIT Melbourne

Komal Shree, National Institute of Design, India

Lynn Edwards, West Country Embroiderers

Jo Cass, University of East London

Sharon Murphy, Kinsale College of Cork

Sarah Treffkorn, CIT Cork

Sharon Murpy

Sharon Murpy

Lynn Edwards

Lynn Edwards

Sarah Treffkorn

Sarah Treffkorn

Highly Commended

University of East London – Ruby Amwar

Bath Spa University – Harriet Perkins

RMIT Melbourne – Abby Craig, Sharelle Ernst, Patricia McCarthy-Henry, Natalie Ryan

NID India – Yashi Bahuguna, Anahita Ginwaza

Kinsale College, Cork – Jacinta Darragh

CIT, Cork – Anne Collins, Anne Kearns, Mary O’Brien

WCE – Elly Holmes, Adam Halls, Valerie Williams

 

Names are in no particular order.


Announcing Passion & Legacy international design project

Passion & Legacy is Red Strand Design’s first major international design project and celebrates the legacy of the Irish Arts & Crafts Movement (1886 – 1925) and two of the era’s leading needlework women, The Lethbridge sisters (Julia Baroness Carew (1863-1922) and Lady Jane Cory (1865-1947). The project is inspired by Dr Lynn Hulse’s research and forthcoming book, The Embroidered Furnishings of the Lethbridge Sisters (Ornamental Embroidery, London, 2015).

The project is open to art schools & universities – tutors & students – and mixed media practitioners & stitchers.  Red Strand offers participants the choice from two archival references – Julia Baroness Carew’s Tree of Life panels at Girton College, Cambridge and Lady Jane Cory’s three embroideries held in the Collections of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

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During their lifetime, the Lethbridge sisters, Julia Baroness Carew (1863-1922) and Lady Jane Cory (1865-1947), were famed throughout society for their needlework skills and for the scale of the embroideries they produced for their Irish and London homes. Julia’s passion was for antique work, crewel embroidery in the Jacobean style (tree of life motif), designs of the Italian Renaissance and Chinese willow pattern, while Jane preferred figurative compositions, including the work of contemporary artists and designers like Edward Burne-Jones, Henry Holiday and Alexander Fisher. One Wexford neighbour, Edward Richards-Orpen of Monksgrange, recalled in his memoirs, ‘To see them bending over their remarkable tapestry work was clearly pre-Raphaelite at best; the astonishing industries of [the sisters] has to be seen to be believed.’

Events

  • Talk by Dr Lynn Hulse at Girton College, Cambridge on the Carew Embroideries, 6 July 2015
  • Workshop with Dr Lynn Hulse at the Flax Mill Textiles, Dungiven, Co. Derry, N. Ireland, 12 September 2015
  • Lecture by Dr Lynn Hulse on The Embroidered Furnishings of the Lethbridge Sisters on board the Queen Mary, Long Beach, San Francisco, September 2015
  • Passion & Legacy Pop-Up Exhibition at GMIT Galway, Ireland Exhibition, 3-12 December 2015
  • Symposium & International Juried Exhibition in association with the Irish Linen Museum, Belfast, NI, Friday 23 January 2016
  • London Launch of Dr Lynn Hulse’s book The Embroidered Furnishings of the Lethbridge Sisters, William Morris Gallery,  February 2016
  • Travelling Exhibition at Winterthur Museum, Delaware, USA, October 2016 at needlework conference on Art and Embroidery; and Ottawa, Canada tbc

Participants to date include:   Australia – RMIT Melbourne; New Zealand – Massey University, Wellington; Ireland – National College of Art & Design, Dublin, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, CIT, Cork, Kinsale College of FE, Cork, Limerick School of Art & Design, Cork Textile Network; UK –  Ulster University, Belfast, Winchester School of Art, Ornamental Embroidery, West Country Embroiderers;  TEXERE and Embroidery Guilds in the UK, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia, plus private professional Textile & Stitch Groups & Studios.

For further information contact cm@redstranddesign.com


Welcome to Red Strand Design

Red Strand Design is an innovative, independent creative Irish company.
Our passion is to inspire – and be inspired by partners – to push the boundaries and recognise new talent.
We devise, develop and promote cultural and educational projects inspired by our rich history and heritage for – and in collaboration with – museums and galleries, colleges and universities, and media companies around the world.
Our areas of expertise are multi-disciplinary and include R&D, project management, exhibition curation and event management, photography, book publishing, film & tv production, product development and licensing, marketing.
We have offices in Ireland and London.
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  • Textiles and Fashion
  • Architecture
  • History & Heritage
  • Photography
  • Storytelling