Memory threads is a post graduate discussion group exploring ideas around memory and identity, using textiles and making as a vehicle for exploring ideas. The group is hosted by post-graduate UAL students and alumni working across art, textiles and science. The group hold a monthly meeting, focusing on a different theme each month. These sessions are part discussion, and part practical - with a stitching activity forming a fundamental part of the session.
Meetings are open to post-graduate students both within and outside of UAL who have an interested in the subject.
Memory Threads are pleased to announce our first workshop of 2020!
Khipu workshop with Textile Artist and Designer Cindy Lilen
Wednesday 4 March 10.30am to 12.30pm (Room MB_D305 at Chelsea College of Arts)
Khipu is an Inca language made of knots, it has never been fully translated but it teaches us the importance of communication beyond words. The ability for humans to communicate with all their senses is being lost and with it their capacity to develop empathy and a mindfulness state.
Join us for this two-hour workshop where we will explore ancestral textile languages and use their wisdom to develop a deeper understanding of the world we live in and the importance of being connected as a community.
Cindy Lilen is an Argentinean textile designer and artist (and UAL Alumni) based in London.
Please email us to book your space as places are limited, we hope you can join us!
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Our core members are:
LAURA MADELEY is currently completing an MA in art & science at Central St. Martins (UAL). She previously trained as a Neuropsychologist and is the clinical lead for non-pharmacological interventions at Guy’s Hospital Sleep Disorder Service, where she works with individuals with a range of sleep conditions. Her interest in sleep arose through working with people with neurological and psychological conditions. This led to a clinical, scientific and philosophical curiosity about the role of consciousness and memory in these disorders, and sleep’s unique role in memory consolidation. Her developing art practice has enabled her to explore the relationship between perception and memory using mixed media, textiles, photography and print. She has delivered workshops at Tate Modern, within the NHS and the corporate sector and is committed to developing events that encourage public participation in art.
EMMA MCGINN is a PGCE qualified fashion and textiles lecturer. She has experience designing course content and facilitating workshops in a variety of settings and to different audiences including teaching at undergraduate level; in an adult art therapy group setting; and within community-based projects while living and working in India. Currently researching for MA Textiles at Chelsea College of Art (UAL), Emma is exploring the relationship people have with textiles and how these connect with memory, nostalgia, and identity.
MICHAELA WENKERT is a designer and image maker with experience in film and luxury fashion footwear and accessories. Michaela has been awarded an MA Illustration and Visual Media from London College of Communication (UAL), where her most recent work investigates the ineffable and problematic notions of the soul within an identity politics, neurology and philosophical framework. Her practice combines illustration, coding, photography, tapestry and oil painting.
ANN MARIE NEWTON has a career spanning over 20 years in the field of textiles. This has included roles as a scientist, designer and technologist. Ann Marie has experience working in both the USA and UK in small family owned companies through to large global corporations. Currently researching for an MA Innovation Management at Central St. Martins (UAL) she is returning to her roots as a weaver and employing practice as research to examine innovation.
Supported by the UAL Post-Grad Community EXTRA Project Fund
Post-Grad Interest Groups at UAL
A growing number of issue specific, cross-disciplinary interest groups led by postgraduate students and academics are supported by us.
These groups connect creatives with shared research interests across different subject areas.