William Morris and the Art of Needlework

Saturdays between 2 September and 21 October 2017

Red House (National Trust) in collaboration with Ornamental Embroidery is running a series of workshops and lectures as part of its Embroidery Resurgent programme in which experts in the field will explore the development of art embroidery during the second half of the nineteenth century within the context of William Morris's decorative scheme for his first marital home, c. 1860-1865. For information on the workshop series, go to Workshops.

Booking is now open. To book, visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/red-house/whats-on

Saturday, 2 September, 14.00-15.00

Lynn Hulse, ‘William Morris and the art of needlework’

This lecture explores the embroidered furnishings that William Morris designed for his bachelor lodgings at Red Lion Square and his first marital home at Red House in Bexleyheath (1857-1865) within the context of the development of art embroidery in the Victorian home.

Price: £5.00

Other lectures in the series include:

16 September: Mary Schoeser, ‘Fair and Beautiful - the Gothic Revival’

30 September: Jenny Lister, ‘Apple Tree to Vine Leaf: the Morris & Co. Embroidery Department’

14 October: Julia Dudkiewicz, ‘The Venus embroidery and William Morris’s Idea for a “House of Love” at Red House’

Celtic Revival

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 13.00-14.00  

Lecture theatre, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

To launch our three-year project on Celtic design, Dr Nicola Gordon Bowe will be lecturing on Needlework and the Celtic Revival in Ireland, c. 1888-1922

The Celtic Revival, which burgeoned in Ireland between the late 1880s and the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922, reflected the prevailing spirit of national romanticism throughout Europe.  Scholars, historians, writers, poets, playwrights and artist/craftsmen and women played key roles in kindling a new awareness of Ireland's national heritage, disappearing traditions and dormant skills.  Countrywide poor-relief needlework, lace and embroidery philanthropic industries led to pioneering Arts & Crafts workshops and individual expression inspired by ancient legend and Celtic interlace.

Dr Nicola Gordon Bowe is Associate Fellow, National College of Art & Design (NCAD), Dublin; Visiting Professor, University of Ulster, Belfast; Honorary Research Fellow, University of Wales; Honorary Fellow, British Society of Master Glass Painters. Founder degree course in History of Design, NCAD; founding director M.A. course in the History of Design and the Decorative Arts, NCAD. Books include Harry Clarke (1979); A Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass (1988); Art and the National Dream (1993); The Arts and Crafts Movements in Dublin and Edinburgh (1998), ed. with E. S. Cumming; Harry Clarke: The Life & Work (1989, 4th ed. 2012); Wilhelmina Geddes: Life and Work (2015), shortlisted for 2016 William Berger Prize in British Art History and 2016 APOLLO British Art History award.

Price: £6.00

Booking for this lecture is now open through the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford. To book, go to https://tickets.ox.ac.uk/WebStore/shop/ViewItems.aspx?CG=ash&C=wkdaytalks

Detail from a Celtic Revival firescreen, attributed to the Royal Irish School of Art Needlework, late nineteenth century. Private Collecton.

Lynn Hulse specialises in historic needlework c. 1600-1920 and lectures at museums, art galleries, universities and Embroiderers' Guilds across the UK, Ireland and North America. If you are interested in booking her to give a talk, email info@ornamentalembroidery.com