Category Archives: Textiles

COTTON: Global Threads Olympic Weave Race

Curator Dr Jennifer Harris reveals details about an upcoming special event at the Whitworth Art Gallery Wednesday 18th to Saturday 21st April, 11am – 4:30pm and Sunday 22nd April, 12 -4pm    Join artist weaver Travis Meinolf in a three-way… Continue reading

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Action weaver looms large

All at the Whitworth are looking forward to seeing the results of Travis Meinolf’s specially commissioned Action Weaving sessions coming up soon for COTTON: Global Threads. The artist, hailing from San Francisco and now living in Berlin, has been in… Continue reading

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Focus on: Indian Textiles

In this audio piece we focus on Indian textiles in COTTON: Global Threads. Curator Dr Jennifer Harris discusses the large scale Tipu’s Tent, presented as part of a range of textile treasures highlighting India’s considerable contribution to the history of… Continue reading

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Focus on: Yinka Shonibare

Curator Dr Jennifer Harris discusses Yinka Shonibare‘s piece, specially commissioned for COTTON: Global Threads. Shonibare’s work is synonymous with Dutch wax print fabrics and notions of hybridity, history and identity. Harris explains how his work elegantly articulates some major themes… Continue reading

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Views of Drop Sari

A video showing an installation view of Liz Rideal‘s Drop Sari, at the Whitworth Art Gallery, as part of COTTON: Global Threads. Rideal’s work displays imagery from India and tumbling sari fabrics projected upon white cotton saris – in the… Continue reading

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Artist Interview – Aboubakar Fofana

Liza Lemsatef Cunningham chatted to artist Aboubakar Fofana about his work, its meaning, and his unique process of contemporary art-making inspired by traditional techniques and materials from Mali, West Africa, and his background as a painter and calligrapher. Fofana’s striking… Continue reading

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Tiny Dresses and Conservation Nightmares

Listen below to an interview with Ann French, conservator at Whitworth Art Gallery, explaining some of the unique challenges she and her team had to face when preparing vintage textiles and costume for display in COTTON: Global Threads.

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Moral Fibre – Read my Tshirt

In western culture the front of Tshirts have evolved into a space used for everything from jokes to political statements, to displaying allegiance to bands and fashion labels. Interestingly, in one of the display cases in the Moral Fibre section… Continue reading

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Textiles Gallery sneak peek

The vitrines in the Textiles Gallery will be taken over to become part of the COTTON exhibition spanning the entire ground floor of the Whitworth Gallery. These images show panoramic views of the gallery mid-installation – the walls are painted… Continue reading

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