Principles and pilfering: Nottingham lace design pedagogy

Coles, R., Briggs-Goode, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-5194-1009 and Baxter, G. ORCID: 0000-0002-1607-099X, 2020. Principles and pilfering: Nottingham lace design pedagogy. Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture, 18 (1), pp. 12-23. ISSN 1475-9756

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This paper explores the lace design pedagogy that developed in Nottingham during the first half of the twentieth century. It draws on teaching material and student work collected in the Nottingham Trent University Lace Archive and examines three sets of material in particular: portfolios of student drawing; a collection of lace draughts composed for teaching purposes; and student designed lace samples. These materials are records of a learning process influenced both by a national education system and the local lace industry. While the former were concerned to reproduce a canon of ornamentation obeying certain design principles, the later needed designers possessing specific technical skills and the ability to copy and adapt existing designs suitable for mass production and consumption. Lace design pedagogy encompassed the 'principles' of design, the 'technique' of design and the 'business' of design. In each of these fields, students learnt by copying, so that copying was, to some extent, both the method and the outcome of Nottingham lace design education.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture
Creators: Coles, R., Briggs-Goode, A. and Baxter, G.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 2020
Volume: 18
Number: 1
ISSN: 1475-9756
Divisions: Schools > School of Art and Design
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 08 Jan 2019 16:03
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:04

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