‘Teaching silkworms to spin’: Ruskin and Textiles

An exhibition in two sections, it begins with Victorian John Ruskin’s theories of ethical textile production, then offers examples of work inspired by Ruskin from the late 19th Century to the present. These include period examples such as the Langdale Linen Industry, through to contemporary pieces by the Lancs & Lakes Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers.

The slideshow below shows a small selection from the exhibition including: collection items from the Ruskin Library, Guild of St George Collection (Museums Sheffield) and Whitelands College (University of Roehampton); and craft items by Rachel Dickinson, Geraldine Elliott, Kate McBride, Audrey Pemberton, Janet Penlington and Jen Shepherd.

The exhibition is curated by Rachel Dickinson (Manchester Metropolitan University) and the staff of the Ruskin Library.

For further information see the catalogue to accompany the exhibition – contact the Ruskin Library for details.

All images (c) Ruskin Library and contributors.

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