a day at The Textiles research centre - a session with actual objects that I have requested to view - difficult to convey how exciting it is to handle the objects that were earlier an ascension number and short description.
Where to start -
after a long conversation with volunteers and archivists about the project,
focusing on ways of accessing the collection, and cataloguing which led to
ideas around blogging tags, crowd sourcing, turning ICOM into a diagram/family
tree and translation from artists language to curator/archivist language I got
to have boxes opened by the very wonderful and knowledgeable Lisa.
After spending time
with the smocks which were the starting point of the project and obviously they
are extraordinary objects. I was pleased that I had chosen 'the best' examples
In the collection - the richness of the materials and structure were obvious. Highlights
were - NWHCM : 1969.47 - dressmaking
or tailoring samples which was in a box (CT1020)
which contained examples of sewing and garment construction
- much of it in parts, 'apprentice' pieces as part of courses or as examples to
aid in the passing exams or to get work.
Sidelines that took
over today were issues of wear and tear and ageing on the garments. How the
garments had worn away told you much about the people who had worn them and the
world they lived in, the very basic fixing that had taken place held many