Our 2015 Seminar was held at the Martin Luther Conference Centre in Manchester. As usual, it was very informative and also great fun. About 50 members were in attendance, making for some lively discussions.
On Friday, three groups were able to see a small portion of the textile collection at the nearby Whitworth Gallery. Frances Pritchard,curator of textiles, had selected a variety of quilted and corded items, many of great beauty. All in a building that has just had a £15 million extension and is itself, a thing of beauty. It was a treat to wander among the galleries, and, there was also the lure of the Café in the Trees.
Many of us also called in at Platt Hall, just across the way from the accommodation, and containing an excellent display of costume. The signage was clear and informative. Items ranged from mediaeval to the present day! I especially enjoyed the iconic items from the 90s, 80s. 70s and 60s...
This years research papers were excellent, and I will be looking forward to receiving my copy of Quilt Studies with the final versions. Clare Claridge gave her long-awaited paper on the quilters of the Aberdare area. Jacqueline Hyman gave a talk on two Mamluk Caps and their conservation - an interesting insight into textile care. Wills featuring beds and bedlinens were the subject of a paper by Paula Hulme. Other papers featured A Stitch in Time and The Red Work touring exhibition.
On Sunday, an excellent talk by Philip Sykas on printed cottons, nicely illustrated. Dr Michel gave a history of the cyanotype print and explained how the technique featured in her own work. Finally, a brief update on the Spennymore Research Project, which is investigating the cluster of quilters visited in Spennymoor, Co Durham by Fletcher and Rose.