Textile Forum South West: The Development of a Regional Textile Networking Organisation

Sonja Andrew
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In 2003 a small group of textile lecturers, curators, ACESW crafts officer and textile practitioners began the development of Textile Forum South West (TFSW), sharing a common vision of raising the profile of textiles in the region through collaborative work. This particularly involved textile lecturers stepping beyond their work within regional education institutions and embracing a broader textile audience in critical debate, dialogue and practical action around contemporary textile issues. Textile Forum South West established to promote and develop textiles in all its forms for the cultural, educational and economic benefit of the region, generating debate, events, research and partnerships that would enable the development and growth of textile culture in the southwest.

Keywords: Textile, Communities, Networking, Practice, Education, Outreach, Development, Communication
Stream: Arts Agendas, Supporting the Arts, Art in Communities
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Textile Forum South West

Sonja Andrew

Lecturer in Textiles, Coordinator, Textile Forum South West., University of Mancehster

Sonja Andrew is a part-time lecturer and researcher in textiles at the University of Manchester and a freelance printed textile designer. In her previous post she was senior lecturer and course leader for textiles at the University of the West of England, Bristol. Sonja trained in multi-disciplinary design and worked in industry at Skopos Design before completing her MA in textile design (theory and practice) at Central St. Martins, London. She is the coordinator for Textile Forum South West, a regional textile networking organisation, and is also undertaking a practice-based research degree at Central St.Martins which investigates ‘textile semantics’ and issues surrounding textiles as communication.

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