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Textile Resident: Sue Lawty

Sue Lawty, Textile Resident at the V&A, 2005

Sue Lawty, Textile Resident at the V&A, 2005

Our relationship between the past and the present is complex. Some artists choose to tear down the edifice of permanence and reject the burden of history in order to create a new point of reference. With Sue Lawty, however, a respect for historic and ethnographic material enables her to both assimilate and change the past. Her work provides a critical link in the chain that connects the historic with the contemporary, the traditional with the innovative.

As Artist in Residence Lawty collaborated on a significant new body of work with the V&A Textile Collection and in addition, she worked directly with the historic collection, discovering and uncovering objects which inspired a new acquisition for the contemporary textile collection.

Sue also devised The World Beach Project, in association with the V&A. It ran for 5 years, from 2007 to 2012. The Project was global in scope and open to anyone, anywhere, of any age – participants simply uploaded photographs of their own patterns made on a beach with stones.

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William Morris Textiles (Hardback)

William Morris Textiles (Hardback)

William Morris Textiles was the first comprehensive survey of the many hundreds of original, colourful textiles produced by William Morris and the two…

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What is Luxury?

25 April – 27 September 2015. What is Luxury? interrogates ideas of luxury today, addressing how luxury is made and understood in a physical, conceptual and cultural capacity.

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Event - Fashion & Textile Museum: Liberty in Fashion - Tour 1

Wed 14 October 2015 10:00–11:30

Liberty & Co has been at the cutting edge of design and the decorative arts since 1875. This exhibition explores Liberty’s impact on British fashion, from Orientalism and Aesthetic dress in the nineteenth century, through Art Nouveau and Art Deco in the early twentieth century, and the revival of these styles since the 1950s. The Liberty textile design studio takes centre stage, with a focus on fashion collaborations including Jean Muir, Cacharel and Yves Saint Laurent.

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