Friday, 12 December 2014

"In Conversation" afternoons at MoDA in 2015

During 2014 we have run a series of collection sessions at the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture (MoDA).  We can now announce new sessions for 2015. These are informal talks lasting about an hour and a half, which offer an opportunity to see a selection of objects from the museum's collections, and discuss them with a member of staff.  We're aiming to provide an overview of the collections and provide a bit of background to what the museum holds. 

The next three sessions will be on a number of specific themes, so that each event will have a particular focus.  Places are free, but limited, so please sign up for the ones that interest you:

On January 28th the "In Conversation" afternoon is on Japanese Katagami Stencils, which were hand-crafted in Japan in the mid-late nineteenth century and were used to print beautiful and intricate designs on to fabric. Curator Maggie Wood will bring out a range of different designs from the collection which you can see and handle ‘up close’.  We’ll explore how the stencils were traditionally used in Japan, as well as their significance for Western artists and designers as ‘exotic’ artefacts from the East. 
Reserve your ticket now for the January date

Example of Katagami at MoDA, c.1870 (K1.20)

On February 25th Curator, Sim Panaser, will lead a session 'The Fabric of Modernity' which will take an in-depth look at the distinctive and bold furnishing fabrics made in Britain, from the height of the modern movement to the emergence of the ‘contemporary’ style of the 1950s. We will be exploring the production and consumption of these textiles, from the designers and studios that created them to how they were marketed and used both in the home and public spaces.  A range of textiles from MoDA’s collection will be available for you to see up-close and handle.  Highlights will include designs by Enid Marx, Edinburgh Weavers and Lucienne Day.  
Reserve your ticket now for the February date

Fabric designed by Jacqueline Groag, David Whitehead Ltd, 1952 (BADDA4629)

On March 25th the focus turns to conversation and preservation of the collections. 'Designs on Tracing Paper' will look at the many designs from MoDA's Silver Studio collection which are on tracing paper. These nineteenth and early twentieth century papers are very delicate and present a challenge to conservators.  Emma Shaw, MoDA's Preservation and Conservation Officer, will lead this session showing a range of designs on tracing paper and will explain the challenges and some of the solutions to preserving these designs. 
Reserve your ticket now for the March date

Design for textile on tracing paper, Silver Studio, 1916 (SD21205)

We hope these events will give a flavour of the wide variety of objects and themes we cover at the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture.  Places are limited, but don't worry if you can't make it this time - we'll be running similar events again in the future. 

These events are aimed at people who have a general interest in MoDA's collections, but who don't have a specific research question in mind.  If you would like to see the collections for your own research or personal interest you are welcome to make an appointment.  You don't need to be formally associated with an educational institution, but you will need to give us an idea of what you want to see.  Please contact the MoDA Study Room to discuss your interests in the collection and to arrange a time to visit.  

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