emotional objects

Julia English

Julia English

I rarely get rid of clothes, and don’t have many items that haunt me; the closest thing would be a red and green swing-coat of my nan’s, which sits waiting for me to practise my...

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Susie Campbell

Susie Campbell

Ghost Garments I am haunted by the ghostly presence of Agnes Richter’s strange, hand-embroidered jacket. It has an uncanny presence.  Even psychologist Gail Hornstein says...

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Annie Taylor

Annie Taylor

When I was little, I was dressed in my brother’s cast-offs. That was fine, I was his constant shadow. Eventually though I discovered other influences and went a little clothes-mad....

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Clare Daněk

Clare Daněk

When asked about ‘Your favourite piece of clothing or textile object?’ ‘Your dream outfit or textile object?’ ‘A piece of clothing or textile object that haunts you?’, it occurred to...

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Didem Caia

Didem Caia

Suitable for Women For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a man. Not a boy but a man. Growing up I don’t think I really knew what that meant, but there are a collection of...

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Claire Wellesley-Smith

Claire Wellesley-Smith

The Cardigan The cardigan was very basic: black cotton fine knit, long length, buttons, a masculine cut but bought in Top Shop - I wore it for years. Then the pockets developed holes...

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Anne M Carson

Anne M Carson

The textile I want to describe is from The Lady and the Unicorn, a series of six 15th Century tapestries considered medieval masterpieces. I found an embroidery version of...

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Fiona O’Connor

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,...

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Clare Archibald

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...

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Trish Bolton

Trish Bolton

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...

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Rowena Mondiwa

Rowena Mondiwa

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...

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Tanya Huntington

Tanya Huntington

My favourite textile object? 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...

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