Yudowitz Lecture Theatre, Wolfson Medical Building, University of Glasgow 

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08.45-09.15 – Registration, tea and coffee

09.15-09.30 – Welcome and Introductions – PANEL 1: Pigments and Processes, chaired by Dr Anita Quye, University of Glasgow

Jenny Balfour-Paul, University of Exeter, ‘Indigo – Universal Dye, Colour of the Universe’

Patricia Wallace, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, ‘Colour on Cloth – the Maori Way’

Avalon Fotheringham, V&A, ‘Magenta-dyed Textiles from India at the V&A’

11.00-11.15 – Break, tea and coffee – PANEL 2: The Dark Ages? Chaired by Dr Vivienne Richmond, Goldsmiths University

Karina Grömer, Natural History Museum, Vienna and Margarita Gleba, University of Cambridge, ‘Tracing Coloured Checked Cloth in Prehistoric Europe’

Alexandra Makin, University of Manchester, ‘Colour and Embroidery in the Early Medieval Period’

12.15-13.15 – Lunch in the Atrium.  Screening of ‘Weave Me A Rainbow’ (1962) dir. Edward McConnell for Films of Scotland/National Association of Scottish Wool Manufacturers, in the Yudowitz Lecture Theatre

13.15-15.00 – PANEL 3: Colour, Design and Fashion, chaired by Prof Chris Breward, ECA, University of Edinburgh

Fiona Jardine, Heriot Watt, ‘Colour as Design: Weave Me a Rainbow’

Fiona Anderson, Independent Curator and ECA, ‘Designing Tweeds: Colour, Gender and Landscape’

Charlotte Nicklas, University of Brighton ‘Surely the Apotheosis of Colour is at Hand: Dyeing and Fashion in the Mid-Nineteenth Century’

Jade Halbert, University of Glasgow, ‘Menopausal Blues: ‘Marion Donaldson’ and the New Middling Sort, 1985-1990′

15.00-15.15 – Break, tea and coffee

15.15 – 16.40 PANEL 4: Seeing Red, chaired by Prof Stana Nenadic, Pasold Director, University of Edinburgh

Suchitra Choudhury, Independent Researcher, ‘Literary Dyes and the British Empire: The ‘Red’ Shawl in Wilkie Collins’s Armadale’

Jane Webb, School of Art, Wolverhampton, ‘She…was the most ingenious in the make-do-and-mend line: Rhoda Bickerdike and a Particular Shade of Red’

Rachel Sayers, Freelance Curator, “Mná dearg, dearg’, ‘Red, Red Women’, A Red Cloak and the Depiction of Irish Feminity, 1914-2016′

16.40-16.50 – Break

16.50 – 18.00 – PANEL 5: Fading and Colourlessness, chaired by Prof Frances Lennard, University of Glasgow

Eni Bankole-Race, Independent Researcher, ‘Resplendent Colourlessness’

Rosa Creixell, Universitat de Barcelona, and Victoria de Lorenzo ‘Towards a Science of Bleaching: The Translation and Dissemination of Francis Home’s Experiments on Bleaching in Spain’

Vanessa Habib, Independent Researcher, ‘Lazy Hussies, Dreaming by a Murmuring Brook? Bleaching Linen in Eighteenth-Century Scotland’

18.00 – End of Day 1

DAY TWO: Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh

Delegates will be able to participate in 2 interactive workshops and 1 site visit on Day 2.  Sign-up sheets will be available on Day 1 of the conference.  Spaces are limited on each of the workshops so signing up is essential (exact numbers will be conveyed on Day 1).

We will meet in the Sculpture Court, main building of ECA.  This can be reached via Lady Lawson Street or Lauriston Place, EH3 9DF.

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Programme in brief:

09.30 – Tea and coffee in the Sculpture Court, ECA

10.00 – 11.00 – Workshop 1, ECA

11.15-12.15 – Workshop 2, ECA

12.15-13.30 – Lunch

14.00- 15.00 – Visit (various locations)

15.30 – Return to Sculpture Court, ECA for round-up discussion and wine reception

17.30 – Conference End


Trees scream jaundice/canary’ – the interplay between colour textiles, imagery and poetry.

Shirley McLauchlan (ECA), Daphne Loads (University of Edinburgh) and Nia Clarke (University of Glasgow) will lead “Trees scream jaundice/canary” an interactive workshop exploring the interplay of colour between textiles, imagery and poetry.


Colour and embroidery in the late medieval period (max number of participants: 15).

This workshop will look at the threads and stitches used in late medieval embroidery.  Participants will learn a variety of stitches.


Earning Your Stripes

Amanda Goode (Bath School of Art and Design) will facilitate a practical silk screen print workshop. Participants will print coloured blocks/stripes and ombre effects to blend colours using silk screens.  Each participant will be able to personalise their own conference bag.


Digital Print 

Marlene Little (Birmingham City University).  Digital print on textile substrates will enable participants to compare imagery printed on a range of substrates with different print techniques.  This will highlight for comparison the nuances of colour achieved with different methods.


Experimental Colouration of Cloth with Natural Dyes using varied Mordants and Modifiers 

Led by Rachel Dawson, this workshop will introduce you to natural adjective dyebaths and methods on producing aqueous extraction of colourants, and experimental tests using colour modifiers. You will explore the ph. balance of the dyebaths and how to change them with chemical reactions, to produce a collection of fabric swatches.


MUD! Black dyed fibres in Maori textiles and their stabilisation

Led by Rangi Te Kanawa, this practical demonstration of colouring fabric utilising iron rich mud will aim to replicate methods used in Maori culture using Scottish sourced mud!


**Lunch time will be from 12.15-13.30.  There are a variety of cafes and sandwich shops near to ECA, and will be near many of the locations of the afternoon visits which will start at 14.00. Organisers will be on hand to offer guidance with directions.**



Please note spaces are limited.

 Guided tour of the new Fashion & Style Gallery, National Museums Scotland, Chambers Street (max number of participants: 25)

This tour, led by lead curator, Georgina Ripley, will explain more about the thinking behind the gallery design and content, highlighting some of the challenges involved. The tour will focus in on highlight objects relating to colour in cloth, including some of the major new acquisitions.


Bernat Klein: New and Bright and Living with Colour, National Museums Collection Centre, Granton, (max number of participants: 10)

Please note that the National Museums Collections Centre cannot accommodate delegates with access requirements.  Transport for this visit will leave from ECA at 13.20.

Led by Lisa Mason, National Museums Scotland, and Alison Harley, Bernat Klein scholar, this workshop will take place at the National Museums Collections Centre, focussing on the Museum’s Bernat Klein collection and archive. This object led study session will explore different facets of Klein’s career relating to his pioneering use of colour, including oil paintings, fashion textiles and material relating to his mid-century house, High Sunderland.

Materialising colour: historical dye research with archive and museum collections, National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge (max number of participants: 10)

Dovecot Tapestry Company: Colour Blending in Tapestries and Rugs (max number of participants: 20)

Dovecot Tapestry Studio is housed in a renovated Victorian swimming baths building in the Old Town of Edinburgh. Visit the Studio and find out more about how wool colours are blended to create the tapestries and rugs woven and tufted in collaboration with internationally renowned contemporary artists for public and private commissions.