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


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