Friday, August 31, 2012

The Architecture of Cloth, Colour and Space Symposium: October 27 2012

A One Day Symposium on the theme of The Architecture of Cloth, Colour & Space

Saturday 27 October in the Chapter House Room, Gloucester Cathedral

Now, more than ever, we live in a climate where diversification and the exchange of ideas across several different disciplines is paramount; to survive creatively we have to apply our skills broadly but with finesse and personal signature.

In keeping with the exhibition title: The Architecture of Cloth, Colour and Space this symposium aims to engage you in the working practice of exceptional people across the several disciplines the title defines.

A colour theorist who engages with computer technology and paint, an artist who wraps facades with colour, an architect who circumnavigates the world through food and innovation, a weaver bridging the commercial craft divide, a textile artist creating installations for outside spaces; they all bring something different to their respective worlds and ours.
Join us in the monumental gothic space of Gloucester Cathedral for a day of creative provocation and glorious debate.
This promises to be a day of innovation, inspiration and enquiry with discussion and discovery at the heart of the conference.

We are pleased to announce that confirmed keynote speakers and contributors for the symposium are:

  • Ptolemy Mann - Chair
  • Margo Selby - international textile designer who builds fabrics on a hand loom using structure and fibre combinations that transform threads into three dimensional forms. Margo has rapidly become recognised as a pioneer within contemporary textiles winning numerous craft and design awards and being involved with high profile design projects such as Eureka with Design Nation and Hidden Art Select. She is passionate about design and has a positive approach to working alongside other designers and companies with a similar ethos.
  • Sophie Smallhorn - artist and colour consultant. Her work explores the relationships between colour, volume and proportion. She creates simple abstract sculptural pieces which act as vehicles to hold compositions of colour. More recently her work has evolved onto a larger format with architectural projects including a large colour installation for the Olympic stadium. Talking about this transition of scale in her work and how the area between an open ended art commission and the constraints that are particular to a design brief have both inspired and informed her creative process. Sophie has created a series of works for the Olympics Stadium in London - here she is in an interview.
  • Garth Lewis - designer and painter who works with colour in innovative and inspiring ways using the digital 'Chromafile' * with hands on painting and printing. Colour and Space will reference his own painting practice and supporting research with colour and computing. He will also demonstrate the uses and effect of colour, with reference to his book, '2000 Colour Combinations' 2 and the software program Virtual Colour Course, to be published in 2012.
  • Anna Glasbrook - Textile Artist
  • Alex Haw - architect and director of award winning practice atmos - a practice dedicated to rethinking and improving our spatial world across the scales, from furniture to urban design. Alex will be speaking on the metaphor and practice of weaving in architecture; on the search for sensuality and comfort and narrative trajectories; on threading meaning through spatial experience.
All have international reputations for their work and drive forward innovation in textile design, colour practice and architecture.

Tickets from Stroud International Textiles
Prices include lunch and refreshments.
There is an Early Bird discount until October 15th: book before 6 pm to take advantage of this offer.

Book online or call us on
+44 (0)1453 751056
Early Bird Booking
£45 Full/ £25 Concessions(includes students and Friends of SIT)
From 6pm October 15th
£55 Full/ £30 Concessions


A GREAT opportunity: Weave lecturer job vacancy, Chicago


The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Department of Fiber and Material Studies announces a full-time, tenured or tenure track-position, beginning August 2013. The department seeks candidates with accomplished studio practices who are proficient in both hand and machine, and analog and digital technologies as applied to textiles/fiber and material studies, preferably with experience in Jacquard weaving. S/he will lead the curricular and pedagogical direction of the weaving area. The ideal candidate should be versed in historic and critical dialogue/theory as related to the field within a broader contemporary art and cultural discourse. Rank and salary are competitive with peer institutions, and are commensurate with quality of scholarship or practice, extent of teaching experience, and current professional standing.

The Department of Fiber and Material Studies encourages an interdisciplinary approach to the investigation of relationships among concept, materiality, and process in contemporary art. Students use a broad range of media and methods with emphasis on the integration of textile, fiber and material study traditions, within an expanded contemporary art context. The department currently has five full-time faculty and up to fifteen part-time faculty. It has up to 20 dedicated MFA students, and over 750 undergraduate enrollments in 60 courses each year.

Responsibilities  The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate students in an interdisciplinary art school, advise graduate students in a tutorial environment, and maintain an active professional practice. S/he must be capable of performing administrative duties and provide vision and direction as the department chair on a rotating basis.

Qualifications  The ideal candidate has an MFA, a nationally/internationally recognized practice, a strong exhibition record and/or is accomplished within his/her field of cultural production, and a minimum of three years experience teaching at the college level or commensurate experience.

Application Procedure 
By Monday, January 7, 2013 please submit an application at <> . You will be asked to create an account, then complete the application which is a combination of fill-in fields and uploaded documents. Complete the fields for contact information, educational background, and professional references. Required files to upload include: a cover letter stating your interests and qualifications; résumé; artist statement; a statement of teaching philosophy; sample syllabi for an undergraduate studio course employing weave, print, or material construction methods; a brief description of a graduate-level seminar; and portfolio/support materials/visual documentation as appropriate.

Overview of SAIC's search process: After the submission deadline, a search committee composed of faculty reviews applications to identify up to 20 semifinalists for telephone interviews (usually by February). From this pool, a select group of three finalists are invited to campus to give a public presentation of their work, interview with the search committee, interact with students (both formally and informally), and discuss the position in detail with the Dean of Faculty (in March and April). The final candidate is typically identified by or before April. Positions begin in late August.

The School does not publish salaries, as each offer reflects the expertise, qualifications, and unique experience of the candidate. The School's search process typically concludes in the spring, and positions begin in late August.

About SAIC: A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs to 3,000 students from across the globe. Located in the heart of Chicago, the school is one of the largest private schools of art and design in the country with programs reflecting current practices in art. SAIC's educational philosophy is built upon an interdisciplinary approach to art and design that provides unparalleled opportunities for students to develop their creative and critical abilities. Renowned faculty are leading practitioners in their fields. SAIC's resources include the Art Institute of Chicago and its new Modern Wing. Numerous special collections and programming venues provide students with exceptional exhibitions, screenings, lectures, and performances. Multiple galleries on campus provide students with opportunities to exhibit their work for professional development. Extended partnerships with organizations and institutions city-wide, provide students intern- and externships across Chicago.
The School currently enrolls over 3,000 full-time, degree-seeking students in 15 studio departments and 8 academic departments. There are 150 full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty and visiting artists, and 500 adjunct and part-time faculty supported by 300 staff.
Degree tracks include the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio; BFA with Emphasis in Art Education, Art History, or Writing; BA and MA in Visual and Critical Studies; BIA (Interior Architecture); Master of Architecture; Master of Design in Designed Objects or Fashion, Body and Garment; Master of Fine Arts in Studio or Writing; Master of Arts degrees in Arts Administration and Policy; Art Education; Art History, Theory, and Criticism; Art Therapy; New Arts Journalism; Teaching; and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation.

EOE: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is committed to creating a diverse community of faculty and students, and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered on the basis of their qualifications for the position without discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender-related identity, marital status, parental status, military or former military status, and any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local law.