Fleece to Fashion Research Project, University of Glasgow

Deadline: 15 January 2022 at 23:55

The AHRC Fleece to Fashion project at the University of Glasgow invites paper, panel, and poster proposals for its conference to be held in Glasgow in 2022.

The Fleece to Fashion project is researching the history of knitted textiles in Scotland from c.1780 to the present guided by the themes of creativity, authenticity, and sustainability. Creativity in the use of design, materials, and techniques; authenticity of materials and practices; and sustainability of production methods have always been critical features of the success of Scotland’s knitters, designers, entrepreneurs, and business owners – from the lace knitters of Shetland to the global companies of the 21st century. This conference will focus on the processes and practices associated with the production of knitted textiles, from home hand and machine knitting to factory production. This conference aims to interrogate the diverse ways in which this sector has been inspired, supported, and manifested – from the home knitter to the internationally renowned designer (and everything in between) – not only in Scotland but also internationally. Proposals for individual 20 minute papers, panels of three papers and for poster presentations are invited. The following themes are indicative but not exclusive:

Design and the design process
Technology
Materials
Motifs and techniques
Local and regional design
Global influences
Teaching and learning 
Heritage and tradition
Dyes and colour
Entrepreneurship
Appropriation/Appreciation
Inspiration
Making/Production/Fabrication

We particularly welcome proposals that contribute to an inclusive and diverse understanding of the practices of knitting in all contexts and that contribute the perspectives and experiences of peoples who previously have been underrepresented in studies of those practices.

Proposals should be research or practice-based and need not be Scottish focused.

The conference will feature a hybrid format which will provide the flexibility for attendees to participate either in-person at the Sir Charles Wilson venue (University of Glasgow) or online via Zoom webinars.

Proposals should comprise: a 200 word description of the paper, panel or poster (panels require descriptions of all three papers), a one-page CV for each presenter, contact details (email/postal address) and a statement noting whether participation would be in person or online.

Proposals to be sent to arts-fleecetofashion@glasgow.ac.uk by 15 January 2022

Location: All Scotland ,England, Wales, Northern Ireland, International

For further information, please contact arts-fleecetofashion@glasgow.ac.uk (Jill McCubbin), or visit https://fleecetofashion.gla.ac.uk/conference-2022/

The deadline is Saturday 15 January 2022 at 23:55.

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