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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Alastair Morton and Edinburgh Weavers: Visionary Textiles and Modern Art

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Event - Fashion and Textile Museum: KNITWEAR Chanel to Westwood

Wed 07 January 2015 10:00

‘KNITWEAR: Chanel to Westwood’ presents more than 150 inspirational knitwear pieces from the incredible collection of Mark and Cleo Butterfield, on show to the public for the first time.

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