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Lace End-to-End: Nottingham, Lace, and NTU

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Nottingham Trent University invites you to participate in an online seminar series: ‘Lace End-to-End’. This new online seminar brings together experts in the history of lace from raw materials to circulation, from the cotton plantation to the window curtain and wedding dress. In exploring the (social, cultural, political, and economic) meanings of lace at these various stages of its lifecycle and within global networks of production and consumption, the series will highlight themes of globalisation, technology, sustainability, identity and memory.

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This session highlights the role of lace in Nottingham’s heritage and that of NTU in particular. Amanda Briggs-Goode (NTU) explores the University’s origins as a School of Design, using objects from the lace archive to demonstrate how the School contributed to lace design education. Gail Baxter (NTU) showcases the Lace Archive as a resource for studying the development of the lace industry through changing materials, techniques, and influences.

Amanda Briggs-Goode is Professor of Textiles at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and is Head of Department for Fashion, Textiles, Knitwear in the School of Art and Design. The focus of much of her research relates to textile heritage and in particular Nottingham Lace and the NTU lace archive. She has worked on funded research projects, most recently on Textile Tales funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to gather oral histories from those who worked across the east midlands in fashion and textile businesses. Through collaboration with Nottingham Castle she developed Lace:Here:Now a season of lace related events in 2012/13 and curated Lace Unarchived in 2018. Most recently she co-edited Crafting Anatomies and contributed a chapter with Dr Gail Baxter titled ‘The Archived Lace Body: Contemporary Artist Designer Responses’ published by Bloomsbury. She is currently collaborating with colleagues in science to explore the use of colour and finishing agents on 19th century lace.

Dr Gail Baxter is Research Fellow in the Nottingham Trent University (NTU) Lace Archive. She specialises in the interpretation of lace in collections, including technical and design innovations, and social and economic issues. Gail’s doctorate, Re-viewing lace in archives: Connecting the lacunae, considered the lace collections at Birmingham Museums and Art Galleries and the International Centre for Lace and Fashion, Calais. Her research at NTU has included the education of lace designers and the unseen hands behind the production of machine-made lace. In collaboration with the science team, she is currently investigating the introduction of colour and technical developments in machine-made laces.

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All events start at 12 pm and are expected to be around an hour.

Image source: Original Format: University of British Columbia Library. Rare Books & Special Collections. World War I 1914-1918 British Press photograph collection. BC 1763.

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