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Heritage, the Now and the Future of Embroidery Conference - London

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Over the course of the day our talks will be divided into three areas: ‘Heritage’, ‘The Now’ and ‘The Future’. Each topic will be explored with the help of a panel talk, an expert guest speaker and conclude with a hosted interactive Q&A session.

Date: Thursday 13 July 2017
Time: 10.00 16.30
Duration: 6.5 hours
Location: Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4QH


Speakers include:

Director of the Textile Research Centre, Dr Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood / Artistic Director of the Embroiderers Guild, Anthea Godfrey / Principal Costume Embroiderer on Game of Thrones, Michele Carragher / Fashion Historian, Amber Butchart / Senior Curators of the Imperial War Museum, Alan Jeffreys and Martin Boswell / Embroidery Designer Justine Avril / Trend Forecaster, Geraldine Wharry

Please see below for a schedule for the day.

Times Item Speaker Subject
10:00 - 10:15 H&L Introduction H&L Chairman Alastair Macleod Welcome speech
10:15 - 11:00 Heritage Guest Speaker Dr Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood Embroidery from the tomb of Tutankhamun, the oldest surviving royal wardrobe in the world. It includes embroidered as well as appliqué forms.
11:00 - 11:30 Heritage Guest Speaker Amber Butchart Discussing the history of embroidery as communication, from naval officers to subversive women stitchers and to couture embellishment
11:30 - 12:00 Panel Talk / Q&A Host: Anthea Godfrey

Amber Butchart
Dr. Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood
Alan Jeffreys & Martin Boswell
How Military & Naval embroidery have effected/influenced fashion trends over time
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 13:55 Present Guest Speaker Michele Carragher The Embroidered Narrative: Costume Embroidery for Film and Television.
13:55 - 14:15 Q&A Host: TBC
Michele Carragher
Q&A with Michele Carragher & audience
14:15 - 14:30 Break
14:30 - 15:15 Future Guest Speaker Anthea Godfrey
15:15 - 15:45 Panel Talk / Q&A Host: H&L Staff
Anthea Godfrey
Justine Avril
Geraldine Wharry
15:45 - 16:00 Round up H&L Chairman Alastair Macleod
*The schedule and speakers may be subject to last minute changes.

Read the speaker bios here to find out more

The Conference:

At the start of the day in the ‘Heritage’ talk, attendees will learn about the nuanced history of embroidery as a means of religious and secular expression, and how the practice evolved into a means of personal fashionable expression. We will discuss the origins of the techniques still used today and how (or how little) they have changed. Finally, attendees will gain an understanding of the issues practitioners have faced in recent history and how they have overcome these issues to get to where they are now.

In the ‘Now’ section we will explore how contemporary embroidery is at once a craft, an art and tool fashion designers use to add luxury to their collections.

Our panel and guest speakers will share their experiences as working designers and embroiderers in the 21st Century and discuss what impact recent economic, technological and social changes have had on their output.

In the afternoon session our speakers will turn their attention to the ‘Future of Embroidery’ and attempt to predict the impact technology and globalisation will have on the practice of embroidery. The Q&A is your chance to voice your thoughts and ideas and have the panel share their expert opinion on how they expect the field of embroidery to evolve over the next century.

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