Oriental Rug & Textile Society Autumn Lecture Programme
ORTS Autumn Lecture Programme:
Chasing Tensions: A lifelong pursuit of an understanding of stitch and textile with Professor Anne Morrell, Consultant at the Calico Museum of Textiles, Sarabhai Foundation, Ahmedabad, India
Wednesday 18 September 2019, 6.30 PM (doors open from 6.00 PM)
Anne Morrell, born Anne Butler in Chennai (Madras) India, is a Professor of Textiles and former Head of Embroidery at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her own embroidery work has been exhibited in various museums and galleries and touring shows on four continents.
She has published extensively in the field of embroidery, and currently alongside her work as a consultant at the Calico Museum of Textiles, Sarabhai Foundation, India.
Her publications list is available at the lecture.
Textiles and Carpets in Persian Painting post 1500 with Dr Eleanor Sims Grube
Wednesday 16 October 2019, 6.30 PM (doors open from 6.00 PM)
Eleanor Sims is an independent scholar who makes her professional home in London. She holds advanced degrees in the history of art from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, and has worked in the Islamic Department of The Metropolitan Museum.
She has also taught the history of Islamic art; edited, with her late husband, Ernst J. Grube, the journal Islamic Art; and written the prize-winning Peerless Images. Her catalogue of Shahnama and history painting in the Nasser D. Khalili Collection is in the final stages of preparation. She has a long-standing interest in the representation of Persian textiles, especially rugs, in Timurid manuscripts and still dares to venture ‘once more unto the breach’ of this fascinatingly vexed topic.
Asian Textiles for the Portuguese Market: trade and taste (16th-18th centuries) with Maria João Ferreira
Wednesday 20 November 2019, 6.30 PM (doors open from 6.00 PM)
This talk will focus on the textile trade between Asia and Portugal in the early modern period. It will analyse the main circuits and further examine the nature of Asian textile imports in Portugal, assessing their impact on consumption patterns and shifts in taste.
Maria João Ferreira is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Lisbon at CHAM, the Center of Humanities (one of the research centres of Lisbon University) where she is examining the use of textiles in Portugal during the period of the House of Braganza between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. Her PhD research focused on the same time frame, analysing the presence and use of Chinese textiles as decorative options in Portuguese sacred celebratory events.
All ORTS Talks are held at the St. James Conference Room, 197 Piccadilly W1J 9LL London.
The Conference Room entrance is within the corner of Church Place and Piccadilly at a wrought iron gate signed ‘Church Hall Conference Room’ leading down iron stairs below street level. Doors open from 6.00pm. Drinks and snacks are served. Both Green Park and Piccadilly tube stations are a short walk away. Free parking in St James Square and Jermyn Street after 6.30 PM.
Non-members welcome to attend for £7 a single lecture, students £5.
Membership of one year for 11 events at £30.