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24 August 2011 | PR 11/102
Textiles exhibition to examine the ‘creative journey’
An example of the work that will be on display at the TRIP exhibition.
Loughborough University’s School of the Arts is hosting an exciting new exhibition focussing on its informative work in the area of textiles research.
The exhibition titled ‘TRIP: Textiles Research in Process’ has been put together by the University’s Textiles Research Group (TRG) and is currently running at The Harley Gallery in Worksop until October 16 2011.
Featuring work from 11 Loughborough artists, all the exhibits – which will be supported by the use of a digital show reel – share a common interest in the connections between craft and design within textiles.
Examples of what will be on display include:
- Research by Pennie Alfrey on textile conservation. This focuses on two projects, the first is a man’s woollen coat exhumed from an 18th Century internment at Coventry Cathedral and the second is a 19th Century needlework sampler.
- Work by Daniel Heath which demonstrates his primary interest in craftsmanship, combining contemporary Computer Aided Design (CAD) with a traditional silk screen printing process in order to work across a multitude of surfaces and materials.
- Designs by Jan Bowman explore the relationship between woven structures, artistic expression and spatial interventions. The work encompasses two main strands of research: the influences of traditional Japanese aesthetic and the rhythms of nature.
The exhibition will be followed in November by a two day TRIP Symposium at Loughborough University, which will explore the role and relevance of traditional ‘hand skills’ in contemporary textiles and the value and status of craft processes.
Speaking about the TRIP events, Dr Faith Kane, Chair of the TRG said: “TRIP demonstrates the breadth of practice-led research within the textiles area at Loughborough’s School of the Arts. This feeds into projects for industry, interdisciplinary work and enterprise, resulting in a vibrant and cutting edge environment for our students.”
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Notes for editors:
1. Images of some of the work that will be on display at the TRIP exhibition are available from the PR Office
The TRG was established in 2000 to share knowledge and progress textiles practice and research. Expertise in the group encompasses a diverse range of traditional and non-traditional approaches, and its research develops from a fundamental understanding and core knowledge of materials and specialist processes. The group is committed to encouraging dialogue and collaboration between artists using traditional and new technologies, the industrial sector, textile manufacturing and engineering and other textile and non-textile related art and design areas.
2. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.
It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.
Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.
It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.