Outside: Activating Cloth to Enhance the Way We Live
Outside: Activating Cloth to Enhance the Way We Live explores cloth’s value, relevance and impact on societies today, recognising the constantly evolving fields of expression, often sited beyond art mediated contexts. The book explores cloth’s potential as a metaphor for consciousness, a carrier of narrative, and a catalyst for community empathy and cohesion.
Invited curators, philosophers, artists and scholars employ a variety of didactic styles that include the conversational, metaphoric, process-orientated, poetic, and autobiographical. Each author takes their line of enquiry to the next on a unique journey that probes a range of empathetic modes of investigation and expression. Through collective, rhetoric and practice-based investigation, the value of cloth and community in everyday lives is disclosed.
This book will appeal to scholars, students, critics, teachers, practitioners, philosophers, volunteers and curators who are interested in fresh ways to consider cloth in socially engaged, socio political and participatory forms of expression. Authors include Professor Lesley Millar, Alice Kettle and Dr Jane Webb, June Hill, Philippa Lawrence, Betsy Greer, and Dr Robert Clarke.
Penny Macbeth is Head of the Department of Art and Associate Dean at Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University; she is also a writer and practising artist. Claire Barber is an artist and Senior Lecturer in Textile Crafts and Art at the University of Huddersfield. Penny Macbeth and Claire Barber both convened the international conference, Outside: Activating Cloth to Enhance the Way We Live at the University of Huddersfield (2012).
“The contributors to Outside – artists, curators, academics and volunteers – all capture a growing sense of responsibility in textile practice to not turn a blind eye to the world we live in. Instead, we are shown the real seriousness of textiles in daily life – their ability to intervene, contribute and build much needed definitions of value and community”
—Professor Jessica Hemmings
Dr Robert Clarke
Dr Jane Webb
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