Tanya Harrod: The Living Texture: British Women Weavers + Modern Textiles in the 1920s and 1930s – Thursday 18 July


Thursday 18 July
Drinks from 7pm, lecture starts 7.30pm
£12 inc. entrance to the museum & a glass of wine

The British weavers Margery Kendon, Ethel Mairet, Ella McLeod, Elizabeth Peacock and Marianne Straub may be unfamiliar names. They studied pre-industrial, early industrial and vernacular techniques in order to create modern textiles, their work described by Herbert Read as ‘the living texture of cloths which respect the nature of raw materials’. This talk positions them in the context of the Bauhaus and a wider European movement.

Tanya Harrod  is the author of The Crafts in Britain in the Twentieth Century (1999). She contributes regularly to The Burlington Magazine, The Guardian, Crafts, The Spectator and The Times Literary Supplement. She is on the Advisory Panel of The Burlington Magazine and is a member of the International Association of Art Critics, of the London-based Critic’s Circle and of the Art Workers Guild. With Glenn Adamson and Edward S. Cooke she is the co-founder and co-editor of The Journal of Modern Craft. The Last Sane Man: Michael Cardew, modern pots, colonialism and the counterculture (2012) has won the 2013 James Tait Black Prize for biography. Her most recent books are The Real Thing: essays on making in the modern world (2015), Leonard Rosoman (2016) and Craft, Whitechapel Gallery 2018 (part of the series Documents of Contemporary Art).


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