Goldsmiths Design lecturer Rose Sinclair will take part in two free events celebrating the end of Black History Month next week:
When: Wednesday 30 October, 18:30
Where: Goldsmiths Library
Both as a celebration of Black History Month and of 70 years since the arrival of HMS Windrush Dr. Elizabeth Williams (Goldsmiths, University of London) will be in conversation with Professor William Henry (University of West London) and Rose Sinclair (Goldsmiths, University of London) to discuss Windrush in a historical, personal and current context.
Talking About Textiles: Celebrating the Crafting Genius of Althea McNish
When: Thursday 31 October
Where: Bruce Castle, Haringey
A panel discussion led by Rose Sinclair to honour the work of Althea McNish, a living icon in the world of textiles. Since she started designing over sixty years ago, her designs have graced a myriad of spaces.
Several 2019 BA Design graduates from Goldsmiths (Jaspar Rogers, Xanthe Cook, Aaron Panesar, Miki Chiu, Lily McCraith, Maria Hardy, Miki Wong, Declan Pitts, Kiril Sapundzhiev, Maria Elges and Kate Mason) are amongst exhibitors, showing a diverse range of work grappling with themes from beauty standards to political engagement, using tools ranging from combat sports to tinkling bells.
Goldsmiths Design lecturer Rose Sinclair discusses the presence of Dorcas Societies – charitable textile-making clubs – in and around Walthamstow, exploring how women used crafting practices to initiate social change.
Rose has authored several textile books, her most recent being Textiles and Fashion, Materials, Design and Technology (2015). Her current research focuses on black British women their crafting practices, and aesthetics. She uses installations and crafting workshops to discuss issues of gender, authenticity, identity, migration and settlement.
A key element in her research is the study of Dorcas Clubs and Societies and their used as a catalyst for black women to navigate safe textiles making spaces. Her research reflects on how the history of the Dorcas Clubs and Societies can influence contemporary textiles networks and practices.