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1 Jan, 1970 at 12:00 am - 11 Nov, 2021 at 12:00 am

This is a conversation between Nottingham-based artist Hana Fredericks, who addresses women and labour in her work, and Amanda Briggs-Goode, director of the NTU Lace Archive and whose academic study in lace and heritage will bring light to Nottingham’s lace history.

Hana Fredericks’s practice is inspired by the industrial revolution, when many women were employed to run the latest, modern cotton mills, spinning and warping the wool into fabric.

Amanda Briggs-Goode’s expertise will bring a perspective on lace and heritage, especially in the context of Nottingham’s lace history and with a focus on women’s labour.

Chaired by Saziso Phiri, who worked with guest curator Loren Hansi Gordon to produce Laced.

About the speakers

Amanda Briggs-Goode is Professor of Textiles at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and is Head of Department for Fashion, Textiles, Knitwear in the School of Art and Design. The focus of much of her research relates to textile heritage and in particular Nottingham Lace and the NTU lace archive. She has worked on funded research projects, most recently on Textile Tales funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to gather oral histories from those who worked across the east midlands in fashion and textile businesses. Through collaboration with Nottingham Castle she developed Lace:Here:Now a season of lace related events in 2012/13 and curated Lace Unarchived in 2018. Most recently she co-edited Crafting Anatomies and contributed a chapter with Dr Gail Baxter titled ‘The Archived Lace Body: Contemporary Artist Designer Responses’ published by Bloomsbury. She is currently collaborating with colleagues in science to explore the use of colour and finishing agents on 19th century lace.

Hana Fredericks is a British Muslim Sculptor and graduated in 2018 with a degree in Fine Art from Lancaster University. Her practice involves a transformation of industrial materials by adding a soft feminine touch. This weaves together the notion of the readymade with the world of work and labour by investigating working females within the textile industry. Fredericks draws inspiration from the women in her life. Most of them were highly skilled seamstresses. During the industrial revolution, many women were employed to run the latest, modern cotton mills. These sculptures look back and pay homage to those strong working females of the past, especially now as technology continues to flourish. Fredericks lives and works in Nottingham where she continues to research the textile industry and labour for her practice.

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