Thursday, December 02, 2010

Constance Howard Textiles Archive


A further 200 objects from the material archive at the Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre in Textiles at Goldsmiths College, University of London, have been digitised and made available online.
The Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre in Textiles documents, promotes, and fosters the pioneering history of textiles at Goldsmiths from the 1940s to the present day, and works with alumni, contemporary practitioners, museologists, curators, writers, performers, oral historians, anthropologists and technologists on the generation, presentation, and promotion of textiles as a primary source of cultural knowledge and heritage in the UK, and internationally.
The Centre’s material archive was originally formed in the 1980s and reflected the pedagogic principals of Constance Howard and Audrey Walker, two former Heads of Textiles at Goldsmiths College, University of London. At the heart of the material archive is the story of the evolution of contemporary textiles as they progressed over the life of this remarkable textile course. The Collection also includes an eclectic, international treasure trove of textiles that are extraordinarily rich in breadth and diversity, ranging from full-scale quilts and hangings to tiny fragments of embroidery and lace.