Conference 2017

Below is a run-down of the academics and titles involved over the two-days of our conference. Full abstracts can be found here.

 



3rd November 2017

CONTEMPORARY TURNS

LOCATION:  The Arts Pavilion, Mile End, E3 4QY (Directions here)

9am-10am: Registration & Coffee 

10am-11:30am: KEYNOTE with Professor Carol Tulloch

UNEXPECTED DIRECTIONS, NECESSARY OBSERVATIONS:
MAKING SENSE OF THE WORLD THROUGH MAKING

making 1. a. The action to MAKE v. in its various senses:

fabrication, production, preparation; institution, appointment; doing, performance (of a specified action); conversion into, causing to become something; etc. (See the vb.) Also occas. the process of being made. (The Oxford English Dictionary).

As research practitioners do we reflect sufficiently on why exactly we do what we do? The issue of difference and its impact on an individual’s sense of self in the world, on their being, has been at the centre of Carol Tulloch’s writing and curating. Her paper considers both these points in response to the significance of ‘self-made action’ acknowledged by the conference Decorating Dissidence. Carol will reflect on her research through the prism of making—significantly making the self, making things, making a life.

11:30-11:45: BREAK

11:45am-1pm: PANEL 1
Crafting Community

Angelica Falkeling Artist Pass This On
Kate Dunstone Manchester Metropolitan University Craft as Conversation
Claire Mead Independent / Curator Queering craft – community, activism and resistance

Chair: Jade French


1pm-2pm: LUNCH 

2pm-3:30pm: PANEL 2
Domestic Disruptions

Chiara Dellerba Visual Artist Womanhouse project: rethinking the future of women in art and craft
Morgan Thomas University of Cincinnati Domesticity, Décor, Radical Destruction: Forms of Refusal in the Work of Marguerite Duras and Haegue Yang
Rachael Alexander University of Strathclyde “Who, under the sun, is Fish?”: Anne Harriet Fish, Illustration, and Vanity Fair.

3:30pm-3:45pm: BREAK

3:45pm-5pm: PANEL 3
Creative Labours, Familial Poetics

Julie Bates Trinity College Dublin Louise Bourgeois’s fabric works: time-charged materials and radical family portraits
Jules Findley University of Brighton Craft, Absorption and Maternal Loss
Elenor Careless Sussex ‘Anna Mendelssohn’s Implacable Art’

Chair: Dr. Shahidha Bari

5pm-5:15pm: BREAK


5:15pm-6:30pm: PANEL 4

Dissident Materials

Maryanne Saunders King’s College London Women taking the cloth: fabric and the Jewess’ body in the work of Jacqueline Nicholls.
Paula Chambers Leeds Arts University Materialising Dissent: Pussy Hats and Pussy Riot
Sarah Yoon Independent Scholar [Seoul] Race, Word, and Image: Representation and Strategies of Conceptualism in Recent Work of Kara Walker
Ehryn Torrell Artist Rip, Copy, Flatten, Stitch and Cut Again: How I turned British Vogue into Wall Art & Garments

8pm onwards: Conference attendees are warmly invited to the launch night of our exhibition ‘Decorating Dissidence’, at Mile End Arts Pavilion.

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DAY TWO

MODERNIST REFLECTIONS

LOCATION: GC601, GRADUATE CENTRE, QMUL, MILE END (Map available here)

9am-9:30am: Registration | Coffee

9:30AM-11AM:
PARALLEL PANEL 1

CONTEMPORARY RESPONSES TO MODERNIST CRAFT

Alison Mayne Sheffield Hallam University Hacking the Russians: Experiments in remaking the dresses of Nadezdha Lamanova and Vera Mukhina
Claire Buckley Visual Artist 1 Year of Stitches 2017 with Mrs Archibald Christies ‘Samplers and Stitches’
Saskia McCracken University of Glasgow Virginia Woolf’s Plumage Politics and Merle Patchett’s 2011 Fashioning Feathers Exhibition

Chair: Professor Scott McCracken

PARALLEL PANEL 2
CRAFTING BLOOMSBURY

Jenni Råback Queen Mary, University of London Covering for Her Sister: Vanessa Bell’s “Completely Upsetting” Dust-Jackets
Alexandra Peat Franklin University Switzerland Virginia Woolf’s Art and Craftsmanship
Dr Hana Leaper Paul Mellon Centre Fellow Famous Women: ‘the familiar, the friendly even the facetious’

Chair: Dr. Howard Finn

11:00AM-11:15AM: BREAK

11:15AM-12:30PM KEYNOTE: PROFESSOR PENNY SPARKE

‘Taste and the Interior Designer’

‘In this paper I will outline some of the ideas that inspired three of my books, As Long as It’s Pink: The Sexual Politics of Taste; Elsie des Wolfe: The Birth of Modern Interior Decoration; and The Modern Interior, all of which, in one way or another, addressed the relationship between taste, gender, the interior, and modernism. I will also refer to the ideas of the sociologist, Pierre Bourdieu, who discussed the idea of taste in a cultural context and succeeded in ousting the ideas of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ taste such that we can discuss the concept in a more useful way.’

12:30PM-1:30PM: LUNCH

1:30PM-3:00PM
PARALLEL PANEL 3
AESTHETIC PHILOSOPHIES

Sarah Garland UEA Georgia O’Keeffe and ‘the Zen of Aestheticism’
Elizabeth Benjamin University of Birmingham La femme révoltée: Sophie Taeuber, interdisciplinarity, and the philosophy of self-defined identity
Rachel Silveri Columbia University Sonia Delaunay, “living profoundly”

Chair: Dr. Katie Fleming

PARALLEL PANEL 4
FEMININE MATERIALITY

Sumin Ko Independent Feminist Materials in Eva Hesse: Female Sexuality, Experience, and Form
Kate Schneider University of Cambridge Alison Smithson’s Paper Architecture
Fiona Hackney Wolverhampton University Feminising the Public: British women designers in the 1920s and 1930s

Chair: Jade French

3:00pm-3:15pm: BREAK

3:15PM-4:30PM:
PARALLEL PANEL 5

REVEALING/CONCEALING

Amy E. Elkins Macalester College “Fragmentation Imagination”: Collage, Embodiment, and Ali Smith’s Modernist Media
Eret Talviste University of Northumbria The embodied aesthetics of place in Jean Rhys’s Voyage in the Dark and Wide Sargasso Sea.
Alix Beeston University of Cardiff Cahun vs. Dalí: Collaging the Female Subject

Chair: Dr. Suzanne Hobson

PARALLEL PANEL 6
DISRUPTIVE MEDIUMS   

Sarah Handelman Editor, Architectural Association Lavishly Dissident: The Short-Lived Radicalism of Eros and Flair’
Tashi Petter QMUL ‘I am not modern’: Lotte Reiniger’s decorative silhouette films in the 1920-30s
Beth Dincuff Charleston Parsons The New School for Design Beneath the Surface: Gloves by Schiaparelli and Oppenheim

Chair: Dr. Helen Saunders

4:30PM-4:45PM: BREAK

4:45PM-6:15PM

PARALLEL PANEL 7

WOMEN BEHIND THE SCENES

Isabella Campagnol Istituto Marangoni The Woman Behind the Artist: Rosetta Depero and Clementina Andrich
Clare Taylor Open University Mere advisors? Women and interior decoration in Britain c.1930-1950
Lotte Beatrix Crawford Coventry University Redressing the Modern: Enid Marx’s Decorative Abstractions

Chair: Jenni Råback

PARALLEL PANEL 8
LIVING WITH DESIGN

Terri Mullholland Independent Single Rooms, Single Women, and Striped Wallpaper that ‘Made Her Head Ache Worse’: Living with the Decoration of Others in Jean Rhys
Alex Goody Oxford Brookes University ‘”If we cant be cordial | to these creatures’ fleece’” Marianne Moore on Fur, Fashion and Decorative Modernism.’
Cristiana Pagliarusco University of Trento Sewing the Shapes, Sowing the Seeds of an Icon: Georgia O’Keeffe

Chair: Lottie Whalen

After the conference, attendees are warmly invited to come for dinner with us!