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Conference 2017

Colour in Cloth
Pasold Research Fund Conference, 10-11th April 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS

From initial design to production and dissemination, colour is central to the manufacture and use of cloth and clothing.  This unique international conference will explore the various and multifarious relationships between colour and textiles, from dyeing and distribution, to chromatics and conservation.  Through a combination of papers and workshops, it will demonstrate new and continuing research through historical, theoretical and practical investigation, drawing on interdisciplinary expertise that includes history, archaeology, conservation, sustainable futures, design and material culture. 
 
The conference will be held over two days and in two locations: the University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art.  These two cities represent the diverse heritage of textile manufacture and design in Scotland, from the industrial scale Turkey red dyed and printed cottons, to the artisanal tapestry workshop of the Dovecot and design education. The conference will celebrate the differences of these two cities, as well as drawing on what unites them and the wider world through the history and current practice in colour and textiles.  Day One will be held in Glasgow and will consist of papers that deal with the history and theory of colour and textile design, production and use, in addition to contemporary practice within the field.  On Day Two we will hold complementary and exploratory hands-on workshops and site visits in Edinburgh, exploring the history, theory and study of textiles through practical and innovative means. 
 
The organisers particularly welcome proposals that combine a paper and complementary workshop idea, but also encourage individual papers (20 mins) or workshop proposals (expected to last 1-1.5 hours) that examine textiles and colour in theory and practice.  Working under the wider umbrella themes of the production, consumption and conservation of colour in cloth, suggested themes for paper and workshop proposals include, but are not limited to:
 
  • Scotland and the World
  • Science and Technology
  • Colour and Perception
  • Colour, Fashion, Trend
  • Colourless or the Absence of Colour
  • Learning with Colour and Textiles
 
Limited student bursaries will be available, more details to follow. 
 
Titles and abstracts (200 words) for papers and/or workshops, should be sent to Sally Tuckett Sally.Tuckett@glasgow.ac.uk and Lindy Richardson l.richardson@ed.ac.uk  by Monday 15th January 2017.  Full registration details and bursary information will be available in January 2017.