Dis/rupt

“We live in an uncertain world. The only certainty now seems to be uncertainty. Life is full of disruption on personal, political, local and global scales. Whilst the effects of disruption can be problematic, disruption can have a positive outcome: it can force change, it can lead to greater understanding as well as previously un-thought of opportunities.”

Dr. Melanie Miller

The last few months have been incredibly busy for the members of the TSG but we are now in a position to announce an exciting exhibition project next year. Curated by Dr. Melanie Miller, Dis/rupt will show at Museum in the Park and Landsdown Hall in Stroud as part of the Select Festival 2017 presented by SIT select.

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Entitled Dis/rupt it is the result of a series of workshops and discussions between our members and with curators and artists such as Professor Lesley Millar, Caroline Bartlett and Dr. Melanie Miller. The group is exploring several main themes, including global conflict, with the concomitant problems of migration and the refugee crisis; climate change and ecological disruption; conflict within domestic relationships; and disruption within traditional fabric making processes. Disruption is something that affects everyone on all sorts of levels and members will produce individual responses to their selected theme through the influence of stitched textiles, but not exclusively with fabric and thread.

SIT select will be holding a symposium Disrupting Tradition: New Textile Languages linked to the Dis/rupt project and focusing on the theme of disrupting tradition. This event will feature contributions from Melanie Miller, Alice Kettle, June Hill and Michelle Stephens. The Select Festival will run from 29th April to 28th May 2017.

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A programme of linked workshops and events will provide opportunities for participation, learning and discussion. Full information about the workshops is on the Textile Study Group website and information about the symposium can be found at SIT select’s website SIT select

Over the coming months there will be more information here and through our social media platforms.

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