Textiles Trip September 2017

On Wednesday 20th September the LV and UV Textiles students took a trip to Bath to gather and record inspirational material to help us with our GCSE course. On arriving in Bath we visited the Museum of East Asian Art where we tried on oriental clothes and looked at the small but beautifully ornate artefacts on display. 

After lots of photographs we walked across the road to the Museum of Fashion & Textiles. Their current display is ‘Lace in Fashion’ which showed us the diverse designs, styles and applications of lace, with the final piece being a collection of three dresses by a student, Grace Weller, from Bath Spa University. She won both the Womenswear Award and the Gold Award at Graduate Fashion week 2014 and she is now working in the Design Studio of Alberta Ferretti in Italy. Truly inspirational. 

With references gathered and costumes modelled we made our way outside to photograph some of the amazing architecture that Bath has to offer before travelling across the city to the American Museum. Here we were able to enjoy a wonderful exhibition called ‘1920’s Jazz Age: Fashion & Photographs’ which painted a wonderful picture of the lifestyle of women in this era and the type of fabrics and silhouettes that were in fashion. In the main house, along with the museum artefacts, were Native American costumes, beaded shoes, jewellery and incredible quilts that all offered inspiration for colours and patterns. 

An exhibition of work from the Textile Artist Joyce Petschek – ‘Breaking the Pattern’ was also on display throughout the rooms and offered a luxurious and rich multitude of colour and a unique insight in to how bespoke embroidery can be utilised for soft furnishings and Art in its own right. We had the opportunity to see such a variety of resources and we will now use our photographs to present Primary references for our coursework.