Exhibitions: The Eye of the Needle: Events
Introductory Exhibition talks: Wednesdays 3.30–4.15pm
Tours are free with price of admission and no booking is necessary. Gallery 34.
The Big Stitch
In partnership with the Embroiderers’ Guild
Saturday 4 October 2014
11am – 4pm
The Big Stitch returns for another year! Following the success of our 2012 event we would like to invite you to join us for a celebration of all things embroidered.
Booking is recommended for all lectures as places are limited. To book please telephone the Box Office on 01865 305 305, or follow this link to book online.
In Conversation: Elizabeth and Micheál Feller
With Dr Catherine Whistler, Keeper of Western Art, Ashmolean Museum
Tuesday 26 August, 2–3pm, Headley Lecture Theatre
The renowned Feller Collection was lovingly built up over many years, thanks to the enthusiasm, knowledge and energy of Elizabeth and Micheál Feller. Come and hear the stories that lie behind some of the beautiful objects in the exhibition from the perspective of the keen collector. Tickets £4/£3 concessions. Booking is recommended as places are limited.
Booking is recommended for all workshops as places are limited. To book please telephone the Box Office on 01865 305 305, or follow this link to book online.
'English Work’: Embroidery Short Course
With Tanya Bentham, embroiderer
Friday 19 September & Saturday 22 November 10.30am–4pm, Education Centre
This three-day course teaches 'Opus Anglicanum' or ‘English Work’, an ingenious stitch technique which was used in medieval Europe to create beautifully nuanced images using the natural lustre of silk. Tanya Bentham will show you the basic techniques so you can create a complex embroidery of your own design. Tickets £185/£180 concessions (includes materials, tea and coffee ? additional materials will also be available for purchase). Booking is essential.
The Eye of the Needle
With Dr Catherine Whistler, Keeper of Western Art, Ashmolean Museum Thursday 25 September, 10.30am–3.30pm, Headley Lecture Theatre
The exuberant and technically exacting embroideries in this exhibition were made by young girls and women in 17th-century England, a century of religious and political upheaval. In this study day, we explore the social context in which these embroideries were made, and the skills and creativity of the makers through these five lectures:
Invisible Work from Female Hands: Changing Ideas about 17th-century English Embroideries
With Dr Mary Brooks, exhibition curator and lecturer in the Department of Archaeology, University of Durham
Exploring Embroideries Up Close: Techniques and Materials
With Sue Stanton, Textiles Conservator, Ashmolean Museum
Wrought with Flowers and Leaves: Depicting Embroidery in Late 16th and Early 17th century British Portraits
With Karen Hearn, Honorary Professor, University College London
Narrative Imagery and Popular Stories in English Domestic Decoration
With Dr Tara Hamling, University of Birmingham
Women as Embroiderers During the EarlyModern Period
With Dr Lynn Hulse, Editor of Text, The Journal of the Textile Society
Tickets for the study day are £25/£20 concessions. Booking is essential. To book please telephone the Box Office on 01865 305 305, or follow this link to book online.