Prato is exceptional among the locations that were once dominated by the textile industry in that it retains the charm of a small medieval town; the devastating influences of this industry are not encountered in the town centre, but rather in the surrounding landscape along the Bisenzio river. Unlike overcrowded tourist cities such as Florence, it is an easygoing and pleasant place for visitors to stay, although in September, when Tuscany's tourism is at its height, Prato is not exactly a cheap place to visit.
The Accompanying Programme
The 12th ETN Conference, including the General Assembly
PROGRAMME speakers, events, workshops/pre- and post-conference workshops
|Thursday, 18 September - Location: Textile Museum|
|19 h||Opening of the exhibition "Artists at work - New technologies in textile and fibre art"|
|Friday, 19 September - Location: Palace of Industry, Auditorium|
|9-10 h||Last minute registration|
|10-13 h||Welcome words by the City Council and by the President of ETN
Keynote speakers to the Conference theme:
Suzanne Lee: "Smart Talk" (Brandnew fabric and fashion developments)
Frances Geesin: "Some new developments in the UK"
|13-15 h||Lunch time|
Tours and visits
|19 h||Lectures - Location: Textile Museum
- Working with optical fibres, Sarah Taylor, Galashiels/UK
- Textile Art Work by Use of Industrial Computerized Jacquard Looms, Jon Pettersen, Bergen/Norway
- Vibeke Vestby: "CAD Jacquard designs with the TC1 system"
- Reconstructed Bauhaus Textiles from the Gropius Room, Anna Silberschmidt, Studio Aphorisma, San Pancrazio, Italy
- Bed Spreads of the Serbs in Vojvodina 1850-1950, Bratislava Idvorean Stefanovic, Novi Sad/Serbia
- New Zealand Textile Artists, Kelly Thompson, New Zealand
|21 h||Party with performance by Patricia Black (21:30 h)|
|Saturday, 20 September - Location: Palace of Industry, Auditorium|
|10-13 h||Lectures continued
- Projects from the Kuopio Academy of Design, Kaisa Klemola, Finland
- Crimea Cultural Tour with Workshop, Liana Listunova from Mykolaiv, Ukraine
- Hands in handweaving - Europe shakes hands with Africa, Eva Basile, Italy
Themes related to ETN activities
Decisions from Riga 2001:
- International European textile art touring exhibition, Lala de Dios/Mirjana Teofanovic
- Membership inquiry, Beatrijs Sterk/Dietmar Laue
- Work in progress: The virtual European Textile Routes, Beatrijs Sterk/Dietmar Laue
|12:15 h||Coffee break
Candidates for the AC and for the leadership of Working Groups will present their programmes for the period 2004/2005
Lunch time/time for informal meetings
GENERAL ASSEMBLY (for ETN members and guests)
|16.30 h||Coffee break|
|17.30 h||Other topics (e.g. subjects addressed by members)|
|18.00 h||End of the General Assembly|
|13-18 h||Tours and visits (programme for non-members)
a) Tour to the woolmill Gualchiere Remole (see Friday, 14 h)
b) Visit to the Costume Gallery at the Palazzo Pitti, Florence (see Friday, 13 h)
e) Visit to the Stibbert Museum, Florence (14 h)
|18-20 h||Free time|
|Sunday, 21 September|
|10-17 h||f) Tour to Lucca to see the textile collection at Palazzo Mansi|
SPEAKERS, EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS
The speakers of Friday morning:
Suzanne Lee, Senior Research Fellow at the School of Fashion & Textile Design/Central Saint Martins, London, will give an overview on new developments and future technologies;
Frances Geesin, Senior Research Fellow at the same College (see above), herself an artist, will show works by artists in the UK working with new technologies;
Cristina Bini, Lumineux S.p.a. in Prato, will talk about optical fibres
Susan Clowes from the Italian research company "Grado 2000 Espace" will highlight clothing derived from space technologies
Cynthia Schira, the wellknown US artist working with CAD Jacquard weaving, will tell about electronical Jacquard weaving used by US artists
a) Tour to the woolmill Gualchiere Remole:
One of the most significant remaining sites of the extensive mediaeval Tuscan industrial complex, this ancient mill on the banks of the Arno river was dedicated to the processing of wool. Still today, the water-powered machinery is perfectly functional. Visit guided by Textile Museum director Emanuele Lepri, departure from Prato 14.00 - return to Prato 17.00 - max. 25 participants; cost € 10.-.
b) Visit to the Costume Gallery in Florence:
Founded in 1983, the Galleria del Costume in the Palazzo Pitti still is the only museum of its kind in Italy today dedicated to the history of clothing. The cultural evolution of materials and techniques from the 17th century to the present day is documented by 6,000 items of clothing and accessories. Visit guided by Director Caterina Chiarelli; departure from Prato 13.00 h, return to Prato 17.00 h - max. 25 participants; cost € 15.-.
c) Prato Industry Tour:
Spinning, weaving and finishing in the textile factories of Prato. One of the most important textile manufacturing centres in Italy since medieval times, Prato has remained in the forefront of this industry by continual innovation and investment. The tour is guided by textile designer Patricia Kinsella; departure from Prato centre 14.00, return to Prato centre 17.00 h - max. 25 participants; cost € 10.-.
d) Visit to Fondazione Lisio, Florence:
The Foundation was set up in 1971 by Fidalma Lisio, daughter of Giuseppe Lisio who, upon her father's death, inherited the most famous manufacture of handwoven silks in Italy. Today it has attracted a specialist staff of technicians, weavers, historians and teachers. The main aim of Fondazione Lisio is to ensure the survival of the finest handweaving techniques, especially of the velvets and brocades of the Italian Renaissance. Visit guided by Director Roberta Orsi Landini; departure from Prato 14.00 h, return to Prato 17.00 - max. 25 participants (a second group is possible); cost € 10.-.
e) Visit to the Stibbert Museum, Florence:
Conceived as a single collection, this museum represents one of the rare examples that have remained of a 19th century house transferred into a museum. The collections were entirely set up by Frederick Stibbert in the second half of the 19th century, as a documentation of his interest in the history of civil and military costumes, European and Oriental weapons, clothes and accessories (16th-19th centuries), tapestries, period paintings, ceramics. textiles, porcelain and furniture. Visit guided by Mary Bulgarella; departure from Prato 14.30 h, return to Prato 18.30 h - max. 25 participants; cost € 12.-.
f) Tour to Lucca to see the textile collection at Palazzo Mansi (in the morning):
The 18th century Palazzo Mansi is a testimony to the exquisite taste of Lucca artists and patrons. The interior is preserved with the original furnishings, upholsteries and tapestries. A special area of the Palace is dedicated to textiles and 18th century costumes. Further remarkable objects: The Newly Weds' Room with a carved and gilded alcove and 18th century embroidered silk hangings and wallhangings. There also is a weaving workshop and a period loom.
In the afternoon: Visit to the city of Lucca. One of Italy's finest mediaeval treasures, the centre is sprinkled with palazzi, towers, and countless splendid churches. Of special interest will be visits to sites of textile-industrial archaeology, a.o. the Coats Spinning Mill and the Spinning Mill ex Filanda Viani. Visit guided by staff members of the Prato Textile Museum, departure from Prato 10.00 - return to Prato 17.00 h - max. 50 participants; cost € 20.- (without lunch).
PRE- AND POST-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS
15-17 September "Jacquard weaving with the TCI"; course leader: Vibeke Vestby, Norway
Three-day workshop on the design of Jacquard fabrics and the use of the TC-1 electronic loom. This is a rare opportunity to combine historic textile techniques with state-of-the-art technology.
22 Sept.-3 Oct. "CAD Jacquard Course"
A 70-hour CAD textile course on Jacquard with course leaders Julie Holyoke and Eva Basile.
Location and information detail: Fondazione Arte della Seta Lisio, Via B. Fortini 143, I-50125 Florence;
Tel: +390-55/6801340; Fax: /680436; e-mail: email@example.com
The jury met on 25th/26th April to consider submissions by 158 artists from 24 European countries for inclusion in the exhibition and catalogue. For reasons of space the selection had to be restricted to 37 items. Thus 37 artists from 10 countries remain: 14 from the UK, six from Germany, three each from Italy, the Netherlands and Denmark, two from Slovakia and one each from Austria, Switzerland, France, Spain, Slovenia and Latvia. A pleasingly high number of applications came from countries formerly behind the Iron Curtain, although regrettably, only six out of the 24 submissions passed the selection. Insofar as I can judge as a member of the jury, less than half of the artists have already made names for themselves by participating in many international exhibitions. The not so well-known names included many young artists.
The artists selected are:
1 Anniken Amundsen, UK
2 Hildegard Bachler, A
3 Sharon Baurley, UK
4 Zane Berzina, UK
5 Philippa Brock, UK
6 Ciempiés, E
7 Simon Clarke, UK
8 Hil Driessen, NL
9 Janet Emmanuel, UK
10 Silvia Federová, SK
11 Irina Grodzinskaja, DK
12 Bitten Hegelund, DK
13 Anke Hennig, D
14 Ainsley Hillard, UK
15 Gisela Hoffmann, D
16 Janis Jefferies, UK
17 Anda Klancic, SI
18 Wilma Kuil, NL
19 Katarina Mácová, SK
20 Anja Madsen, F
21 Gina Morandini, I
22 Monica Notarbartolo, I
23 Philip O'Reilly, UK
24 K. Politowicz, UK
25 Dorothea Reese-Heim, D
26 Ann Richards, UK
27 Sophie Roet, UK
28 Scilla Speet, NL
29 Peteris Sidars, LV
30 Norma Starszakowna, UK
31 Erika Streit, CH
32 Sarah Taylor, UK
33 Katharina Thomas, D
34 Machi Ue, I
35 Sonja Weber, D
36 Grethe Wittrock, DK
37 Ute Wolff, D
Jury member Frances Geesin was invited to participate in the exhibition outside the competition.