Monday, 15 November 2010

Full Steam Ahead

Your help is need even if you are not an exhibitor.............

Just to say that the Owen Jones travelling exhibition and workshop programme is now full steam ahead. Please find out more on the web site both the in public and members section. If you would like to contribute some time towards helping out with the programme in your county on both Meet the Maker days or 1/2 day workshops for schools then please contact us soonest.

This project is a great step forward in working towards our aims of forging links with galleries and museums in our region and promoting textile art to both schools and the wider public.

Thursday, 22 July 2010


Hi All,

It was brought to my attention that I have "messed up" ! slightly on the submission forms for the project. In the introductory paperwork I asked for photos, etc to be with me by 14th August but then sent out the submission forms to be returned by 31st August without any mention of photos!

So to clarify the situation, Submission Forms as sent out must be returned by 31st August but you can email me a JPEG by 30th September with a hard copy image in with you actual work.

Many thanks

Friday, 9 July 2010


The planning is in its final stages and submission forms are being sent out by email today to those people registered.

The submission fee has now been set at £35 and members can still registered on this project until 31st August with work ready for submission on 30th September.

There is also the opportunity for members participating to earn fees for workshops.

You can go to the web site, members section, and download the submission form for full details.

It is a shame nobody is using this blog to share ideas and work together..............

Wednesday, 9 June 2010


How is everyone doing with this project? Anyone got any comments to post or pics to share? I am busy working out the touring exhibition - what a lot of work so glad I made the decision not to submit a piece as I definately couldn't do both.

I know that some of you are teachers or run classes. Can you give some thought as to a workshop to accompany the exhibition along the lines of Study, Design, Make. Basically what we have done for this project. There are going to be opportunites over the length of the exhibition for us to run workshops with a paid tutor fee. Does this wet anyone's appetite?
Hi Lindy, I think you stunned us all into silence!!!! I am not sure what you mean - have you got any further with it? Lorraine

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

As a new member of ERTF I would very much like to exhibit in the Owen Jones project. I have bought numerous copies of the grammar of ornament over the years for my school department.

I have some thoughts but no design work yet. My problem is that OJ himself was so very anti eclecticism.

Lindy Rees (Cambridge)


I am a very recent member of ERTF. I would like to exhibit with the Owen Jones project. I have bought numerous copies of 'the grammar of ornament' for my school department over the years so I am familiar with this publication.

I feel like doing a column - a pillar of progress - if you like, based on the victorian anthropological notions of 'the progress of civilisation' - like an archaeological dig going down the layers to the 'primitive'. I have an MA in anthropology so, clearly, I don't share the notion of 'primitive'! But the eclecticism of this would be so very not Owen Jones as he abhored eclecticism.

As a practical consideration I may well not have the time to complete such an ambitious project.

These are my thoughts so far. I have not done any prep, design or development work yet.

Lindy Rees (Cambridge)

Wednesday, 14 April 2010


Hi Fran - it is good to have you on board. I went to the study days at the V&A and Warners last year but still haven't started any work! I'm hoping that this group will make me find the time to actually do some textile work................Lorraine

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Getting back to it!

Dear All

Have recently started a new job and textiles has had to take a back seat for a while. Having put some work into the Night and Day exhibition in Braintree Museum last week I am feeling fired up and trying to get back in the swing so thought I would look up Owen Jones project for inspiration for a new project. Feeling a bit isolated at the moment cos I can;t get to any classes or meetings so thought the blog would be a good way of talking to other textilers!
So I had better get on! Any contact with what you are all doing will be greatly appreciated and I will try to get back to you.

Thanks, Fran

Monday, 12 April 2010


We are now full steam ahead with this project and have re-opened the list so that all members can participate.

We are proposing a non-juried, travelling exhibition which will give members a chance to showcase their work around the region in a non-juried environment.

Members already registered on the project will have received a personal email with full details. Members wishing to find out more should go to the web site, Members Section, Committee Organised Events, Exhibitions to find out more.

An Intent to Exhibition Form has to be returned by 7th May.

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Project Update 2nd Feb

Due to the situation at Warner Textile Archive, where they are are unsure of their future funding and therefore the opening of their gallery, we have taken the decision to postphone the project. All members that have currently registered an interest in participating will be included when the project goes ahead. Please can members log into the web-site under Members Section, Committee News for further information.

Friday, 22 January 2010


I think roughly 30 members have registered for the project - where are they all???

Sunday, 17 January 2010

How Many of Us?

I was just wondering, how many of us are participating in this project? I see on the side it has listed 4 Followers - I'm not one of those, because I didn't choose that option. I'm using Google Reader which updates me on new postings to the blogs I have listed under Subscriptions - still not absolutely sure what practical difference there is between a Follower and Subscriber.
I do have my own blog, but am by no means a wizzard at it - but I just wanted to say to others, perhaps not familiar with blogger, its very easy to post a new post like this - or to add you own thoughts to a posting by using the Comments button.
So now the New Year is here... and the snow has gone... is it time for us to get working on our OJ pieces, and more importantly to get chatting and sharing in the process.