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Barbara Sawyer Unpicked

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Published date 20 February 2018

a Collaborating Collections display
20 Feb – 26 March 2018
PV Friday 9th March @ 4pm Typo café, all welcome

This exhibition was curated by students from BA Textile Design (Chelsea) and BA Culture Criticism & Curating (CSM). A collaborative and multi-site project, the exhibition is displayed across three cases. The cases are located in the Typo café at LCC, the boardroom at LCC and the foyer at Chelsea.

Students were given access to the archive of textile artist, Barbara Sawyer. The archive is held at the University’s Archive & Special Collections Centre; it is uncatalogued and has never before been exhibited.

Barbara Sawyer’s contribution to the craft of fine weaving remains unsung in many accounts. This project is an attempt to re-examine and celebrate her as an influential figure in the modernist movement of woven textile design and making. As well as acknowledging her major contribution to teaching – through her role at Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts, where she taught for over 30 years.

Students also contributed to a short film, documenting the project. This is available via Academic Support Online.

Collaborating Collections is a university-wide initiative to circulate archives and special collections from one UAL college to another. It aims to engage students and staff with previously unfamiliar material.

For further information please contact Object Archivist, Jacqueline Winston-Silk

Instagram @UAL_Archives

This display will tour to Wimbledon Library in April 2018.


All works © Estate of Barbara Sawyer