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The textile reader / edited by Jessica Hemmings.


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English ed. - London : Berg Publishers, 2012.
  • Book
  • xxi, 463 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • 1. Touch
  • Textiles, text and techne
  • Freud, fabric, fetish
  • Meditation on translations and seduction
  • The blank page
  • Sense and sensibility
  • Continuity of touch--textile as silent witness
  • 2. Memory
  • Stain: on cloth, stigma, and shame
  • Considering the evidence
  • Worn worlds: clothes, mourning and the life of things
  • Collecting the contemporary: 'Love will decide what is kept and science will decide how it is kept
  • The parody of the motley cadaver: displaying the funeral of fashion
  • Autobiography of a pocket handkerchief
  • 3. Structure
  • Invisible cities
  • Reflexive textile
  • Ouvrage: knot a not, notes as knots
  • Piecing and writing
  • Testing orthodoxy: collecting, the gaze, knitting the impossible
  • 1440: the smooth and the striated
  • Folds, fragments, surfaces: towards a poetics of cloth
  • Statement VI
  • 4. Politics
  • Weaving as metaphor and model for political thought
  • Fiber art and the hierarchy of art and craft, 1960-80
  • Tapestry and identity in Australia
  • Gandhi and Khadi, the fabric of Indian independence
  • Arachne's genre: towards inter-cultural studies in textiles
  • Setting the stage: Yinka Shonibare MBE in conversation with Anthony Downey
  • Culture
  • 100% cotton
  • Lisa Anne Auerbach's canny domesticity
  • The subversive stitch: embroidery and the making of the feminine
  • The yellow wallpaper
  • 5. Production
  • A tradition with a reason
  • Zeroes + one: digital women & the new technoculture
  • Open source embroidery: curatorial facilitation of material networks
  • Embroidery pirates and fashion victims: textiles, c raft and copyright
  • The romance of modern manufacture--A brief history of embroidered embellishment
  • Artist's statement
  • Upcycling textiles: adding value through design
  • Constructing textiles
  • Biocouture or how to grow a frock ...
  • 6. Use
  • Stronger, faster, lighter, safer, and smarter
  • Knitting is ...
  • De-coding the hierarchy of fashion textiles
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • Everyday use.
"The Textile Reader is the first anthology to address textiles as a distinctive area of cultural practice and a developing field of scholarly research. Revealing the full diversity of approaches to the study of textiles, the Reader introduces students to the theoretical frameworks essential to the exploration of the textile from both a critical and a creative perspective. Content is drawn from a wide range of genres - blogs, artists' statements and fiction, as well as critical writings - and organized in themed sections covering touch, memory, structure, politics, production and use. Each thematic section is separately introduced and concludes with a bibliography for further reading. The Textile Reader will be an invaluable resource for students of textile design, textile art, applied arts and crafts and material culture. Selected authors include Glenn Adamson, Anni Albers, Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattari, Sarat Maharaj, Rozsika Parker, Sadie Plant, Peter Stallybrass, Alice Walker and Catherine de Zegher"-- Provided by publisher.
Hemmings, Jessica, editor of compilation.

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