Recovering our Textile Archives

We have covered paper and are now onto our wonderful textile collection. The textile collection spans from the 16th century till present day and contains a diverse selection of works including woven samples from Donald Brothers Ltd., work by Robert Stewart, Kath Whyte, Fraser Taylor and many more. These collections suffered no direct damage from the fire, but some were exposed to water as the blaze was extinguished.

Fraser Taylor

Fraser Taylor Textile

Like any of the collections that were touched by water (or had the potential to be) the textiles were quickly removed from their original store. As would be expected all archive materials are packaged and wrapped in archival proof materials (in other words acid free packaging). In this case the textiles were wrapped in tyvec or boxed in acid free boxes that took the brunt of any water exposure.

Textiles Removed from the Mackintosh Building

Textiles Removed from the Mackintosh Building

Once removed from their original store these were then transferred to the Reid building so that the textiles could be dried, aired and re-packaged after being examined by conservators. While of course this incident was extremely unfortunate, it has afforded a unique opportunity to see all the textiles laid out at once.

Eskimo Dolls

 

Textiles being air dried

Textiles being air dried

 

Over the last couple of months these textiles have been dried using a combination of fans and dehumidifiers and were periodically examined by textile conservators. To these conservators, for the generous offer of their time and assistance we would like to thank volunteers from the:

-University of Glasgow, staff and students

-National Museum of Scotland

-and independent conservators

All of who advised on the state and repackaging of our textiles collections.

Textile conservator hard at work

Textile conservator hard at work

Through the work of such volunteers these textiles have now been repackaged and moved off site for storage.

All the textiles repackaged and labelled for off-site storage

All the textiles repackaged and labelled for off-site storage

Next week we will be moving on to the plaster casts.

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Donald Brothers: Working to Conserve Textile Heritage

Exciting news! We also have an archive of Donald Brothers material: http://archiveshub.ac.uk/data/gb1694-dc037

The Working Archive

Who: Donald Brothers Collection
Job: Conservator
Where: Galashiels
When: 2011
Archive: Heriot-Watt University Heritage and Information Governance

Heritage and Information Governance at Heriot-Watt University has just completed the first stage of a large project to conserve, rehouse and photograph the large fabric samples from Dundee firm Donald Brothers.

Donald Brothers was one of the leading Scottish firms designing and manufacturing furnishing fabrics in the 20th century. Growing out of the jute industry the firm initially produced canvases for sacks and sails but by the 1890s had moved into making textured canvases and figured linens for furnishings. The firm’s success was initially linked to the Arts and Crafts movement in both Britain and the United States and in the 20th century started producing printed as well as woven designs. The firm was highly regarded for the quality of their fabric and used leading designers such as Marion Dorn, Robert Stewart, Eva…

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New user case studies

We’ve just added some more user case studies to our website so you can find out about how various types of researchers have been using the Archives and Collections Centre.

DC077/11Carpet sample from our Stoddard Templeton collection, featuring tomato plant design

DC077/11 Carpet sample from our Stoddard Templeton collection, featuring tomato plant design

In these new case studies Helena Britt discusses her research for the recent Interwoven Connections: The Stoddard Templeton Design Studio and Design Library, 1843-2005 project which resulted in the exhibition currently on display in the Mackintosh Gallery; Jade Richardson, a Glasgow School of Art Product Design student tells us about how she used our resources in her research for a WW1 memorial project; and Annie Lavety, Retail Manager at GSA Enterprises, tells us how she used our collections to research and develop new products for GSA’s shop.

NMC 204, War scene with wounded soldiers, by Charles Davidson, 1914

NMC 204, War scene with wounded soldiers, by Charles Davidson, 1914

So visit the case studies section of our website, read about what other users have been up to, and get inspired!

Remember you can always contact us if you would like to use our archives and collections for your own research, be it family history, academic, educational, commercial or for creative practice.

Needlework Development Scheme textiles on show at Duncan of Jordanstone

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Europe In Stitches
Room 400, Crawford Building
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee, Monday 18 November 2013, 2-4pm

See an amazing selection of European textiles from the Needlework Development Scheme Collection in a special drop-in event as part of European Academic Heritage Day.  Founded in 1934 and run by the four Scottish Art Colleges, the NDS aimed to collect examples of contemporary and historic embroidery from throughout the world for use as a national teaching resource.  These fabulous fabrics will be on display specially for this event, chosen for their beautiful designs that embrace both traditional and modernist styles from around Europe including works by Emmy Zweybrück-Prochaska of Austria, Hede Kullenberg of Germany and the Society for Applied Arts in Hungary. Go along at anytime during the afternoon to meet embroidery experts who will answer any questions whilst you lose yourself in the vibrant stitches of Europe.

Enter the Art College by the new entrance in the Matthew Building and ask for directions at Reception.

Tonight: GSA students perform Tableaux Vivant in the Mackintosh Building

Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, wife of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Image credit: T R Annan & Son

Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, wife of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Image credit: T R Annan & Son

In order to creatively explore notions of fashion, style, and artistic identity, students in the ‘Artistic Dress’ elective course in Year 3 of the Forum for Critical Enquiry have arranged tableaux vivants throughout the Mackintosh Building. These ‘living pictures’ show the students’ own research into dress history, displaying styles that either inspired or expressed trends that went against fashion norms. The students’ research has been informed by visits to the Archives and Collections Centre to view photographs from our collection as well as textiles and costumes.

GSAA/P/1/2414 GSA students modelling fashion designs in Kelvingrove Park, 1960s

GSAA/P/1/2414 GSA students modelling fashion designs in Kelvingrove Park, 1960s

These ‘living pictures’ show the students’ own research into dress history, displaying styles that either inspired or expressed trends that went against fashion norms. Tableaux vivants were performed to express the creative bohemian spirit of students and staff in the early days of the GSA, during the time of “The Immortals”: Newbery, Mackintosh, the Macdonald sisters and friends. The students are excited to revive this tradition 100 years later, and welcome you to chat with them about their creations.

Artistic dress from four eras will be recreated:

‘The Artistic Dress: Different Times – Different Places’ (Mackintosh Library)

‘WEIMAR: totentanz’ (West Hall, 1st floor)

‘The Factory’ (Mackintosh Lecture Theatre)

‘More than just a Punk’ (West Hall, stairs landing)

TONIGHT, 14 NOVEMBER 2013, 5-7PM IN THE MACKINTOSH BUILDING

Students and staff welcome, external guests please register on the limited guest list at eventbrite: http://gsaartisticdress.eventbrite.co.uk/

RGI 152nd Annual Exhibition featuring Robert Stewart

rgi2013The Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts’ 152nd Annual Exhibition opens this weekend, back in its traditional home at the magnificent McLellan Galleries. The RGI is investing £100,000 to undertake these works as part of the campaign for the regeneration of this prestigious building;  to promote its return to active service for Glasgow’s citizens and visitors, with a viable and sustainable future. The McLellan’s suite of Galleries allows for architectural models to be restored as a regular feature of the exhibition, alongside painting, drawing, sculpture and prints, and for the first time photography is being introduced into the Fine Art portfolio.

The RGI’s own 50-strong corps of artists will be well represented.  Additional invited artists include David Mach, Howard Hodgkin, Ken Howard, Sir Robin Philipson and Dr David Donaldson, with one of the Galleries being devoted to the diverse media artwork by the late distinguished Scottish designer, Robert Stewart.

Poster designed by Robert Stewart for the retirement dinner for Kath Whyte, Head of Embroidered Textiles at the School

Poster designed by Robert Stewart for the retirement dinner of Kath Whyte, Head of Embroidered Textiles at the School

Following on from September’s Robert Stewart retrospective at Dunoon Burgh Hall (see our previous post for more information), in which many items from our archives and collections were displayed, this section of the RGI exhibition has been curated by by Jimmy Cosgrove, former Depute Director of Glasgow School of Art. In contrast, this exhibition focuses more on the fine art aspects of Stewart’s work rather than on his commercial designs, and loans many items from GSA’s Archives and Collections, including Stewart’s magnificent tapestry Genesis; a section of his mural from Douglas Academy in Bearsden, several artworks, and many posters for GSA events and talks.

The RGI’s 152nd Annual Exhibition takes place at the McLellan Galleries, 270 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow and runs from Sunday 10 November until Sunday 8 December, and is open daily (except Monday) from 10 am until 6 pm; on Sunday from 12 til 6 and on Thursdays until 7.30 pm. Private view is tomorrow, 9th November from 2pm-6pm.

For more information see the RGI’s website.

 

 

Interwoven Connections: The Stoddard Templeton Design Studio and Design Library, 1843-2005

Detail of plate from ‘Flore naturelle - plates 1-40’, Henry Lambert, Paris, Ch. Claesen, c.1890.  Courtesy The Glasgow School of Art Library, Special Collections, Stoddard Design Library.

Detail of plate from ‘Flore naturelle – plates 1-40’, Henry Lambert, Paris, Ch. Claesen, c.1890.
Courtesy The Glasgow School of Art Library, Special Collections, Stoddard Design Library.

Interwoven Connections: The Stoddard Templeton Design Studio and Design Library, 1843-2005, a new exhibition curated by Dr Helena Britt from the School of Design at The Glasgow School of Art, previews this evening.

The Stoddard Templeton companies were Scotland’s most prominent carpet manufacturing innovators. They designed and supplied many iconic carpets, including those for Glasgow Cathedral, the White House, the Titanic and Queen Mary liners and for events such as the Royal Coronations and Festival of Britain.

This exhibition focuses on the Stoddard Templeton Design Library, a unique resource used by designers to inspire and aid the design process. The Library contains a rich array of material amassed from the mid-nineteenth to early twenty-first centuries. Through folios, books, designs, films and samples, the exhibition will provide insight into the Design Library’s contents, the Stoddard Templeton design studio, the designers, carpet designing and Design Library utilisation in the creative process. As well as many wonderful folios and books from GSA Library’s Stoddard Templeton Design Library, the exhibition will also feature a number of carpet samples from GSA’s Archives and Collections.

Some of the carpet samples from GSA’s Archives and Collections awaiting installation in the exhibition

The exhibition is set to be an explosion of pattern and colour. It presents a wealth of archival material, which has never before been made public and has been conserved since the sad demise of Stoddard International PLC. The exhibition and accompanying catalogue enhances understanding of carpet design in Scotland and therefore contributes to textile design history.

The Stoddard Templeton Archive was split up amongst various institutions in Glasgow a few years ago. GSA’s library holds the design library of the company (the volumes and folios were originally used by in-house designers as a reference tool and as inspiration, and they are still an important resource for designers today); Glasgow Museums hold the carpets, and Glasgow University Archive Services hold the Design Archive and Corporate Archive. All are invaluable tools for research in a variety of areas including economic and social history, art history and, most appropriately, for creative practice (see, for example, our post about Panel’s project Carpets of Distinction which saw the creation of new carpets designed using the Design Archive at GUAS as inspiration). The exhibition includes items loaned from the Glasgow School of Art Library; The Glasgow School of Art Archives & Collections Centre; Glasgow University Archive Services; The Museum of Carpet, Kidderminster, and private collections.

The exhibition runs from 9 Nov 2013 – 11 Jan 2014 (except 24 Dec – 2 Jan inclusive) and is open Mon-Sat 11am-5pm and on Sundays from 11am-4pm at The Mackintosh Museum, The Glasgow School of Art, 167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G3 6RQ. The preview is this evening, 8th November, from 6pm-8pm.

For more information about the exhibition, see the event website and the BBC’s article about the exhibition.

Robert Stewart Exhibition, Dunoon

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Cowal Open Studios Guest Artist 2013

Dunoon Burgh Hall, 13 – 30 September, Preview 12 September 6-7.30pm

Cowal Open Studios and Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust present this exhibition of works by Robert Stewart, one of the design pioneers of the 20th Century.  Robert Stewart lived in Cowal from 1961 where he and Sheila raised their familyand where his widow Sheila still lives.  Their sons Alan and Billy run Stewarts Garage in Dunoon.

A number of items from Glasgow School of Art’s Archives and Collections will be on display, including some of his posters, ceramic panels and his breathtaking tapestry Genesis.

The exhibition, a partnership project between Cowal Open Studios and Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust with funding from Creative Scotland and Argyll and Bute Third Sector Fund, will be opened by Jimmy Cosgrove, former Depute Director of Glasgow School of Art and former director with House for an Art Lover.

Detail from NMC 744, ceramic panel by Robert Stewart, 1966

Detail from NMC 744, ceramic panel by Robert Stewart, 1966

The exhibition has been curated by Artist and Designer Anne E Ferguson and celebrates the work of Robert Stewart and his contemporaries. Work created by pupils from local schools across Cowal inspired by the work and philosophy of Robert Stewart will also be displayed. There will also be a Family drop-in workshops with Hannah Clinch on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th 12-3pm (bring light-coloured clothes, t-shirts/pillow slips – to print on!)

There will be a talk by Liz Arthur, author of ‘Robert Stewart, Design 1946-95’ on Saturday 21 September at 1pm. The Robert Stewart Exhibition will be shown as part of the Cowal Open Studios event from Friday 27thto Monday 30th September.www.cowalopenstudios.co.uk

The exhibition is on at Dunoon Burgh Hall from 13th-30th September, open Thursday-Sunday from 12-3pm, with a preview on 12th September from 6-7.30pm. For more information visit the Cowal Open Studios website or Dunoon Burgh Hall website.

CAT archive prints on display at Building Scotland 1945-1985 exhibition

Calyx by Lucienne Day

Calyx by Lucienne Day

Glasgow School of Art’s Centre for Advanced Textiles produces printed fabrics using beautiful prints from the design archives of Lucienne Day, Lana MacKinnon, and GSA’s very own Robert Stewart and Sylvia Chalmers as part of their Classic Textiles range (see our previous blog post about how the Sew Last Century! textiles group have been inspired by Sylvia’s designs in our archives).

Lucienne Day’s ‘Calyx’ and Robert Stewart’s ‘Otter Ferry’ from the Classic Textiles collection will be on display this Friday, 12th July, at the opening event of the photo exhibition “Building Scotland 1945-1985” at the Glasgow City Heritage Trust. There will also be short talks by Ross Brown, architectural historian Nick Haynes and Alan Shaw from CAT, with drinks and nibbles, for free.

RSVP at info@glasgowheritage.org.uk or on 0141 552 1331

Glasgow City Heritage Trust

54 Bell Street, Glasgow, G1 1LQ

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Otter Ferry by Robert Stewart

Otter Ferry by Robert Stewart