Fiona O’Connor

Where I went to school little girls learned to sew. In 1968 the school inspectorate praised the girls of Belgrove National School in Dublin, ‘for the neatness of their handwriting, and, above all, for their needlework’. We sat for hours, two by two, in rows of wooden desks sewing squares of white calico. Starting from 1st class we learned ‘hemming, seaming, stitching’, according to our needlework syllabus book, which was written for Irish schoolgirls in the mid-eighteen hundreds. ‘1) LayRead more

Claire Rosslyn Wilson

A treasured piece of clothing, or textile object? I don’t normally dress boldly, I prefer the convenience of having an easy-to-match wardrobe, but I have a secret love for loud colours and complex patterns. Perhaps because of this, the textile object that has a fond place in my life is a bright blue mantón de manila, embroidered with flowers and bordered by a long fringe. The mantón de manila emerged from a traditional Philippine shawl, its fabrication was developed inRead more

Mira Robertson

A piece of clothing that haunts you? The coat was olive green, knee length, and made of hairy wool that gave it a somewhat shaggy appearance. To my current-day eye, stylish and unique, yet back then, the source of humiliation and an object of passionate loathing. 1965. I was eleven and in my first year at boarding school. How, I raged, could she (my mother) have sent me off with such a horror when a camelhair coat was de rigueurRead more

Clare Archibald

Your favourite piece of clothing?Textiles are so interwoven in my mind with the colour language they offer it is perhaps not surprising that my favourite piece of clothing is one I can’t quite fully articulate with words. It eludes me in the specificity of its greenness, shape, and thread combination, in the feel of it. I no longer have it and realised when writing this that I also no longer have the memory of how I came to lose itRead more

Miranda Edmonds

Your favourite piece of clothing? A textile object that haunts you? A memorable outfit? This black beanie is from one of my favourite people in the world and always reminds me of her. It is warm but not too hot. Stylisty but never dates. It’s been around the world with me and is still going strong. It’s so good even my husband and eldest son try to borrow it but I always get it back!   I was so pleased whenRead more

Anna Paolozzi

Your favourite piece of clothing? A textile object that haunts you? A dream textile object? My favourite dress: it’s inky blue and I love it because it’s made out of the thinnest gauzy cotton and has Pre-Raphaelite ruching on the neckline. It’s longer at the back so when you walk it floats out behind you.   This is a velvet and horn chair I inherited from my parents, which they bought before they were married. It haunts me slightly becauseRead more

Jenny Bennie

Your favourite piece of clothing or textile object? I love my embroidered bag produced by the Keiskamma Project in the Eastern Cape. The initiative was started in 2000 in the hamlet of Hamburg to help women with HIV find a way to sustain their families. I acquired this interesting handmade item in 2002 when researching a shipwreck off the nearby coast. It is regularly used for carrying my Bookclub books and inevitably draws favourable comments. Work done by the Keiskamma group is inspiring. They interpreted the BayeuxRead more

Trish Bolton

Your favourite piece of clothing or textile object? A piece of clothing or textile object that haunts you? Your dream outfit or textile object? I’m from Melbourne so perhaps it’s no surprise that the colour of my favourite piece of clothing is black. I have, over many years – make that decades – attempted to bid farewell to black. I mean, how difficult is it to find what you’re looking for in your wardrobe when everything is black? And soRead more

Anne Marsella

Your favourite piece of clothing or textile object? A piece of clothing or textile object that haunts you? Your dream outfit or textile object? Among my favorite pieces of clothing are my aprons, this one in particular, with its mock Catholic iconography, its Little Bo Peep plays the Virgin Mary theme. Most importantly it has pockets. I wore it to work this summer at The Red Wheelbarrow Bookstore in Paris, kept cell phone, scissors and pencil in the front pouches.Read more

Rowena Mondiwa

Your favourite piece of clothing or textile object? The drawstring has long since been lost but the bookbag is still intact and I keep it folded up among my belongings. I often think about how it’s my oldest possession, the one thing that has accompanied me in my life across the world. Now, as an adult, it makes sense that this would be the one possession I have kept from my childhood. I’ve had this bag since I was fourRead more

Tanya Huntington

Your favourite piece of clothing or textile object? Your dream outfit or textile object? A piece of clothing or textile object that haunts you? After giving this some thought, I’ve decided on an infinity scarf that my sister knitted following the pattern of a Moebius strip. It’s too warm to wear it now, but I keep it handy as a treasured item. Why? Because sisters are interesting creatures – we are more alike to one another genetically speaking than toRead more

Mauricio Montiel Figueiras

Mauricio Montiel Figueiras (Guadalajara, México, 1968) es narrador, ensayista, editor y traductor. Parte de su obra ha aparecido en medios de Argentina, Brasil, Canadá, Chile, Colombia, Estados Unidos, España, Inglaterra e Italia. Entre sus libros más recientes se encuentran Paseos sin rumbo. Diálogos entre cine y literatura (2010), Señor Fritos (2011), La mujer de M. (2012), Ciudad tomada (2013) y Los que hablan. Fotorrelatos (2016). Desde 2011 trabaja en el proyecto novelístico titulado El hombre de tweed a través de la plataforma electrónica Twitter, dondeRead more

Mena Abdullah

Mena Abdullah was born in 1930 in Bundarra, NSW, and lives in Sydney. She attended Sydney Girls High, before training as an accountant and later becoming a Commonwealth officer, working for the CSIRO. She is a writer of poetry and short stories and was regularly published in The Bulletin, and other Australian journals including Quadrant and Hemisphere. Her first published poem was The Red Koran (1954) – included in Australian Poetry (1955). Her short story collection The Time of the Peacock was first published in 1965 by Angus & Robertson (Australia), andRead more

Greg Bear

Greg Bear is the author of more than thirty books, spanning thrillers, science fiction, and fantasy, including Blood Music, Eon, The Forge of God, Darwin’s Radio, and City at the End of Time. His most recent book is Take Back the Sky  (Orbit, 2016), the last volume in his War Dogs Trilogy. Greg’s books have won numerous international prizes, been translated into twenty-two languages, and have sold millions of copies worldwide. He has served as a consultant for NASA, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Department of State, the International Food Protection Association,Read more

Jo Atherton

All the materials used in Jo Atherton’s work have been found on the tideline. In her weaving and printing, she is inspired by the stories these orphaned objects have to tell. Her work highlights the diversity of plastic items washing ashore and how the ubiquity of this material characterises the geological age of human influence – the Anthropocene. Jo has exhibited her work at a number of national and international venues including the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, London Luton AirportRead more