Working from home can have it's highs and lows. In these uncertain times the Textiles Group are hoping to add a little light to your week by pulling together a shortlist of digital events taking place. The list will be updated every Friday with suggestions for the following week. If you or your institution are hosting an event you'd like to share with us, please reach out to Hannah at firstname.lastname@example.org or @ICON_Textiles on Twitter. We want to share arts/heritage related events, especially those with a textile or conservation focus.
Monday 25th May: If you're on social media you may have seen London's Fashion Alphabet from the Museum of London. Their team has now uploaded all their object videos to their website so you can puruse from Hardy Amies right through to the Rahvis sisters (with more letters to come!). https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london/londons-fashion-alphabet
Tuesday 26th May: Looking for some bedtime (or sunny afternoon) reading? The MetPublications website hosts 100s of free to download books, including over 200 fashion and textile titles. Many can be downloaded as a PDF or flicked through on Google Scholar. https://www.metmuseum.org/art/metpublications/titles-with-full-text-online
Wednesday 27th May: The V&A has launched a series of exhibition tour videos taking you through "Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk". Join Anna Jackson, Keeper of the Asian Department, explore all five sections of the show. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLe2ihXndm5jtNACjllBkZstI0H8ts251S
Thursday 28th May: It's a double bill of royal fashion history this evening. From 7pm Lucy Worsley and Eleri Lynn discuss royal fashion through the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection. https://www.hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace/whats-on/royal-fashion-curat.... Then at 8pm (3pm EST) join The National Arts Club in New York as they hear from guest lecturer Dr Kate Strasdin discuss her work on the wardobe of Queen Alexandra. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/online-lecture-the-fashion-of-queen-alexand.... Both events are free, but are accepting donations.
Friday 29th May: June 10th is the Icon Textile Group AGM. For more information and registration please check here: https://icon.org.uk/events/textile-group-agm. Information is being added over the week so please check back on Friday for more details.
If you're a member of Icon or have considered coming to one of our "real life" events, please fill out our event survey. This will help us with ensure events are as accessible as possible for all who want to attend. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/75CT6YW. We want your input on event location, cost and lead-in time. It only takes a couple of minutes to complete the survey.
Suggestions from previous weeks can be found below...
- Check out Abigail Bainbridge's article on sewing scrubs for the NHS. Volunteers are still needed who are capable machinists with a bit of time and space. If it sounds like something you could get involved in, please reach out to the contacts at the bottom of the article. https://icon.org.uk/news/icon-member-and-bpg-chair-abigail-bainbridge-ac...
- #CreateToRelate Ditchling Museum of Arts and Crafts have a mission to get more people across the country crafting. Each day across their social media channels they hosting workshops to inspire different creative practices. @museumartcraft
- The National Trust are collecting embroidered patches for their anniversary art project. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-textile-conservation-studio/feature...
- Refresh your weaving skills with Dovecot Online teaching series. https://dovecotstudios.com/tapestry-studio/projects/weaving-from-home/
Exhibition tours and highlights
- Missed out on Dior in Paris or London? The exhibition from Paris can now be viewed online. French/English with English subtitles. https://www.vogue.fr/fashion-culture/article/christian-dior-designer-of-...
- Tour The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Design from your sofa with Met360. https://www.metmuseum.org/art/online-features/met-360-project
- Leeds Museum are offering an online tour of their FastxSlow Fashion exhibition. https://museumsandgalleries.leeds.gov.uk/virtual-visit/fast-x-slow-fashi...
- Use Google Arts and Culture to explore galleries across the world. https://artsandculture.google.com/explore?hl=en
- An online exhibition from National Museums Northern Ireland showcases the country's rich history of flax growing and linen production. Every stage of production is broken down and explored. https://www.nmni.com/story/warp-and-weft-story
- Museum highlight! Chertsey Museum in Surrey has a great fashion blog https://chertseymuseum.org/fashion_blog, but also has many of their previous exhibitions available on their website. https://chertseymuseum.org/online-exhibitions
- During their exhibition "Shoes: Pleasure and Pain" the V&A put together an interactive timeline of shoes: https://www.vam.ac.uk/articles/a-history-of-shoes. If shoes are your thing, why not also check out Bata Shoe Museum's collection of online exhibitions: http://batashoemuseum.ca/online-exhibitions/
- The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, has a beautiful 360 degree view of their fashion and design galleries online. The page also includes a short introduction by the gallery curator, Petra Slinkard. https://www.pem.org/ongoing-exhibitions-fashion-design-gallery
Online learning and CPD
- Book and Paper Group talks previously recorded can be found here: https://icon.org.uk/groups/book-paper/conservation-together-at-home-webi...
- FutureLearn offers a variety of short term online leaning courses. Our favourites are A History of Royal Fashion (HRP/University of Glasgow) and Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime (The University of Glasgow). https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/royal-fashion
- Write an abstract for the Icon Textiles Group upcoming Spring Forum, taking place in Brighton in April 2021. More information here: https://icon.org.uk/events/call-for-papers-conservation-out-in-the-open
- Join in with the Icon Discord page - see email if an Icon Member.
- Online webinars from AIC, including Hazards in Collections. https://www.connectingtocollections.org/arsenic-and-old-lace-controlling...
- Museum of London Hazards in Collections e-tool. https://hazardsincollections.org.uk/
- 6th International Mountmakers Forum, including costume mounting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPSTevvY3YE
- The Icon website has regular updates on Coronavirus and it's impact. This week we want to highlight their review of the UK Government's Skills Toolkit. The toolkit includes ways of developing your skills in areas which are becoming more necessary in conservation, such as digital literacy and social media. https://icon.org.uk/news/government-launches-the-skills-toolkit
- See what Heritage Fund is doing to support museums across the UK. Check out their Digital Skills for Heritage section and keep an eye on their upcoming free resources. https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/blogs/digital-skills-heritage-meeting-co...
- David Mills from Camberwell (UAL) has been releasing conservation science videos for any conservators who want a bit of a refresher. All free on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwIFHohz2ZoCynjoq6lpkPg
- Due the fabulous work of Textile Committee members Viola Nicastro and Terri Dewhurst we are pleased to announce that postprints from November's "Conservation in Colour" conference are live. Please see the postprint's section of the Textile Group pages. You will need your membership login to access these.
Podcasts and TV Shows
- The C Word - The Conservators Podcast. Seven seasons to work through if you're new to the show. https://thecword.show/
- Craft podcasts from The Crafts Council. https://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/articles/craft-podcasts-to-keep-you-com...
- BBC is still showing "Secrets of the Museum", behind the scenes at The V&A. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000f1xt
- BBC Arts has a section dedicated to other arts programmes. https://www.bbc.co.uk/arts
- "Museums in Quarantine" on BBC Four takes us behind the scenes of galleries and exhibitions with special guest hosts. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000hqmn
- Have a listen to the Dressed: The History of Fashion podcast https://www.iheart.com/podcast/105-dressed-the-history-of-fas-29000690/
- #TwitterTour is being used by curators to showcase some of their favourite objects and places.
- #MuseumFromHome is charting the BBC's week of Culture in Quarantine. https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/enxcd4/live/c954wh
Tell us what you're up to; let us know how it's going; share your stories and ideas.
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Title Image: Barong Tagalog made of piña cloth, https://www.flickr.com/people/44124483743@N01. Used under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.