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Unravelling Women’s Art Talk – Fashion and Textile Museum

Thursday 25 November 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Join author PL Henderson and a collection of artists for an insightful discussion into what links female textile artists and the arts they produce, revealing a global and historic patchwork of assorted roles, identities and representations.

Henderson’s new book, Unravelling Women’s Art: Creators, Rebels, & Innovators in Textile Arts (Aurora Metro Books) offers a unique overview of female-centric textile art production including embroidery, weaving, soft sculpture and more. Including over 20 interviews with contemporary textile artists, the books invites us into their practices, themes and personal motivation.

From Sonia Delaunay and Elsa Schiaparelli, to Xao Yang Lee and Faith Ringgold, Henderson also looks examples of female textile artists throughout history and unpicks threads such as why dress design was so important for the Suffragettes, how knitting became a spying device in wartime and how women’s arts and crafts moved from the backroom to the gallery showroom.

PL Henderson is a freelance writer, presently living in Lisbon, Portugal. She regularly contributes to publications such as Resurgence & Ecologist magazine and Culture Matters on the topics of art, ecology and social justice. After gaining a BA in the subject of Art History she began a ten-year study into the area of women artists, resulting in the creation of the successful social media project @womensart1

Anne Kelly is an award-winning Canadian born, UK-based artist, author and tutor. Her multilayered and densely stitched textiles have been likened to ‘small worlds’. She is a member of the Embroiderers Guild UK, the Crafts Council Directory the Society for Embroidered Work and the European Textile Network.

Rachelle Romeo is an artist who was raised and currently lives in North London. She is inspired by her experiences, social interactions, and surroundings. Rachelle expresses her opinions and thoughts through the mediums of embroidery and other various artistic processes including print and paint.

Maryam Ashkanian is an exhibiting Iranian artist known for painting and sculpture, in addition to her fabric artworks such as her ‘Sleep Series’ which have made a global impression. Ashkanian’s works are exposed in solo and group exhibitions internationally.

Vanessa Barragão is a Portuguese artist known for her development of her wool yarn collection and tapestries created through an ecological artisanal process. She opened her own studio in 2014 and has exhibited her much celebrated work internationally

You can purchase copy of Unravelling Women’s Art: Creators, Rebels, & Innovators in Textile Arts here.


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