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The Textile Reader [Hardcover]

Jessica Hemmings , Hemmings
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1 Mar 2012
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 Textile 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. The content of each thematic section is separately introduced and concludes with a bibliography for further reading. The Textile Reader is an invaluable resource for students of textile design, textile art, applied arts and crafts and material culture.

Selected authors include Anni Albers; Gilles Deleuze; Félix Guattari; Sarat Maharaj; Rozsika Parker; Sadie Plant; Peter Stallybrass; Alice Walker; and Catherine de Zegher.

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  • Hardcover: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury 3PL (1 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847886353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847886354
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 18.5 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,852,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jessica Hemmings writes about textiles. She studied Textile Design at the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating with a BFA (Honors) in 1999 and Comparative Literature (Africa/Asia) at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies, earning an MA (Distinction) in 2000. Her PhD, awarded by the University of Edinburgh in 2006, is published by kalliope paperbacks under the title Yvonne Vera: The Voice of Cloth (2008). She has taught at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, the Rhode Island School of Design, the Winchester School of Art and Edinburgh College of Art. In 2010 she edited a collection of essays titled In the Loop: Knitting Now published by Black Dog and in 2012 edited The Textile Reader (Berg) and wrote Warp & Weft (Bloomsbury). She is currently working on Cultural Threads, a book about postcolonial thinking and contemporary textile practice (Bloomsbury: 2014) and is Professor of Visual Culture and Head of the Faculty of Visual Culture at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin.

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This is a book that will undoubtedly become a key resource for all those interested in considering the location of textile practice, but also for those who seek to understand and challenge textile practice's perceived inferiority as a mode of practice. Embroidery Magazine, November 2012 This Reader is not merely a collection, but more of an interrogation that speaks from the past to the future ... With this in mind, The Textile Reader is not a 'page turner', but a constant companion, a new friend that has been there and done that, and thus offers the reader a platform from which to consider and develop the future of the discipline. -- Jo Turney, Bath Spa University Textile History --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Jessica Hemmings is Head of Context at Edinburgh College of Art. She also writes articles and exhibition reviews for publications including Crafts, Selvedge and the Surface Design Journal and is author of Yvonne Vera: the Voice of Cloth (2008) and editor of In the Loop: Knitting Now (2010).

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4.0 out of 5 stars Long awaited 1 Jan 2013
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I have waited for a long time for a book like the Textile Reader. The book features texts and papers from textile artists and practitioners as well as academics and presents a varied discourse on the subject of contemporary textiles, and its relationship with art and craft in the modern world. A must-have for students.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the very fabric of life 25 May 2013
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From the baby's blanket to the shroud, textiles bind us to our time and place on earth. Hemmings has compiled and artfully woven scholarly articles, technical analysis, history, and snippets of fiction in a web of knowledge about textiles. She puts the 'text' back into textiles, and adds economics and political liberation to the unfolding story of people and their clothes.

Everyone who sews, felts, knits, weaves, quilts, crochets, or folds the laundry will find news and inspiration in this book.

I found that the introduction to each selection was only helpful if I was planning to skip over it. The length of each selection was just right to read in a short session.
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5.0 out of 5 stars textile reader 17 Mar 2013
By chello sherman - Published on Amazon.com
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and amazing and informative, wonderful essays that are a good read
I would recomend to any one working in fiber
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 11 Aug 2014
By Amanda Eedle - Published on Amazon.com
Better if more images and if they were in color
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