Mullaniff, Kathleen ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4592-6467 and Langley, Jane (2004) Purl. [Show/Exhibition]

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‘Purl' was co-curated by Mullaniff and Jane Langley in consultation with Gill Saunders, Curator of wallpaper and Textiles at the V&A and developed from an AHRC funded exhibition, ‘Loop' (Bankfield Museum of Textile History, Halifax, 2002). Located in the galleries of the Museum of Domestic Architecture (Middlesex University), ‘Purl' investigated the history of exchange between art and textile design, including three artists working with American textile traditions (Michelle Grabner, Michelle Charles, Laurie Addis) and three UK-based artists (Langley, Mullaniff and Jennifer Wright) responding to MoDA's domestic design archive.

Mullaniff contributed two paintings, a soft sculpture using digital print on silk and eight drawings, under the collective title ‘Imprint Rosefoxglove', referencing floral patterns in MoDA's Silver Studio textile collection. ‘Imprint Rosefoxglove' drew on Mullaniff's research into the contemporary reinterpretation of textile motifs held in historical archives as a means of creating greater understanding of the way the past continued to shape and inform the visual languages of the present.

A fully illustrated catalogue, Purl [ISBN 0954805100], accompanied the exhibition, with an introduction by Gill Saunders, Curator of Wallpaper and Textiles at the V&A Museum. A series of seminars on issues raised by ‘Purl' was held at both MoDA and at the Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre in Textiles, Goldsmiths College. ‘Purl', funded by AHRC, UCE Birmingham and the Heritage Lottery Fund, was reviewed by Dr Catherine Harper in Selvedge, no.1, July/Aug, 2004.

‘Purl' led to the formation of the Pattern Lab, centred on researching the expanded field of art and textile design, co-directed by Mullaniff, Langley and Wright. Mullaniff was also invited to address the conferences 'Lacking in Discipline', Manchester Metropolitan University, 2007, and ‘Touch, Textile, Technology: Collaboration across Europe', Goldsmiths College, 2007.


Venue Details

  1. Purl
    • Location: Museum of Domestic Architecture, Middlesex University
    • Dates: 2004

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Research Areas: A. > School of Art and Design > Visual Arts
A. > School of Art and Design > Visual Arts > Art Practice as Investigation cluster
A. > Library and Student Support > Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture (MoDA)
Item ID: 476
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Depositing User: Repository team
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2008 13:32
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2023 11:14
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/476

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