a show of hands…








for all those who contributed to the ‘Texts and Textiles’ conference earlier this week. An opportunity to reconnect head with hand, the fabric of language with the language of fabric, this event drew a wonderfully diverse crowd from across the world. We discussed all manner of topics from all manner of angles, kaleidoscopic interests jostling with dazzling images, extraordinary pieces of textile art, and (in one talk) a slab of flesh quivering under the needle. The conference’s numerous threads were drawn together in a plenary lecture by the anthropologist Tim Ingold that offered a lyrical unfolding of all that the human hand can know. His account of what it takes to make a piece of string was a highlight: simple yet miraculous.

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