Collecting, displaying and understanding textiles in decorative arts museums
About the Project
Interwoven is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie project funded by the European Commission exploring the V&A's influence on the collecting textiles, exhibition and education in Spain.
Historically, the V&A played a critical role in the development of decorative arts and design museums worldwide. This project investigates the influence of the V&A on the Spanish Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas (MNAD) in Madrid and the collecting of textiles in Spain. Specifically, the project will examine the rationales underpinning the V&A's practices regarding the collecting, displaying and researching of textiles and the extent to which they influenced practice in its Spanish counterpart.
Focusing on the first 100 years of the V&A's existence (1852 – 1948), the project begins the process of unraveling the complexities of the historical acquisition and display of these textiles. It will do this by developing four multidisciplinary collection case studies clustered around four distinct but interconnected themes: the role of textiles in education and the creative industries; materials, techniques and technological transfer; materiality and meaning of textiles in differing social contexts; and iconography, trade and display of textiles within the museum galleries.
The project will significantly enhance public awareness and understanding of the Spanish textiles collection held at the V&A. It will shed new light on the influence of the V&A on collecting practices in major European decorative arts museums, and on the role of museum collections in education, innovation and industry.
Ana Cabrera Lafuente has been curator at the Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas in Madrid since 2002. In 2016, she was awarded a 2-year Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship at the V&A. She was Coordinator at the Spanish museum on the European project ... see more
Lesley Miller has been Senior Curator of Textiles and Fashion at the V&A since 2005 and was Lead Curator for the redevelopment of its Europe 1600 – 1815 decorative art and design galleries between 2010 and 2015. Since 2013, she has held a 0.2 professo ... see more
"Juan de la Cierva – Formación" Researcher, Instituto de Estudios Medievales, Universidad de León Francisco de Asís García García holds a PhD in History of Art from the Complutense University of Madrid (2016) and is currently a postdoctoral researche ... see more
This 2-day conference will explore collecting practices in Britain and Spain. It will discuss why, how, when and from whom Spanish decorative Arts came to be acquired by museums in Britain and examine how they influenced their Spanish counterparts.