Colour in Cloth

10th-11th April 2017

University of Glasgow and University of Edinburgh


From initial design to production and dissemination, colour is central to the manufacture and use of cloth and clothing.  This unique international conference will explore the various and multifarious relationships between colour and textiles, from dyeing and distribution, to chromatics and consumption.

Day 1, held at the University of Glasgow, will consist of presentations based on the themes of pigments and processes, colour and design, ‘seeing red’, colour and fashion, and fading or absent colour.  Confirmed speakers are a mix of established and new scholars and practitioners representing a range of backgrounds and approaches, from the use of colour in Anglo-Saxon embroidery to the indigenous science and culture of colour in Māori cloth.

On day 2, held at the Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, delegates will have the chance to explore the more practical aspects of cloth and colour through a range of interactive workshops.  Building on the themes of day 1, participants will be able to sign up for workshops that explore colour and the senses, Scottish design and colour, and aspects of dyeing and embroidery from the Pacific to the British Isles.  There will also be the option of site visits to the National Museums Scotland, the National Library of Scotland and the Dovecot Tapestry Studio.