Welsh Tapestries with Jane Beck: Private View and Talk - 'Remnants of an Industry: The Big Sell'


Ruskin Live with Jane Beck
Jane Beck's textiles

Remnants of an Industry: The Big Sell

"Sixteen years ago and at 39 I found myself redundant and orphaned in an unfamiliar land - Wales."

This free event takes place at The Ruskin, Lancaster University on 23 October, from 17.30 - 19.00. Find out more, here.

Jane Beck - expert, trader and collector of Welsh textiles - joins us to celebrate a display of eight Welsh Tapestries at The Ruskin, loaned from Jane's personal collection of Welsh textiles dating from the 18th Century. This is a story of people and place, material and means of production, told through rich colour and pattern.

This special event celebrates the loan of eight tapestries from Jane's personal collection of treasured antique Welsh textiles, with a talk and sociable late opening at The Ruskin. This event, in partnership with Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts, is the first in a new programme connecting Ruskin’s ideas to other artists, designers and makers, in his time and our own.

Welsh tapestries enable an appreciation of the connections between resources and means of production, and generate rich conversations around how to preserve knowledge, skill and memory for the future. Jane will share her expertise in the social history of the Welsh woollen industry, extensive knowledge of archive and contemporary methods and patterns, and her infectious enthusiasm for the stunning textiles on display.

Working from a traditional tin-shed shop on the borders of Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire, Jane Beck is an expert and trader in Welsh textiles both vintage and new. 'With an eye on the past and a foot in the future', Jane has been at the forefront of the recent surge in popularity of heritage Welsh textiles, supplying blankets for President Obama and NATO delegates, alongside the many visitors who flock to her destination shop, Ty Zinc.

Neither a weaver nor a specialist in dye techniques, Jane has become an expert in identifying the weave patterns, production methods and provenance of Welsh blankets produced in the past 150 years. In 2012, her website was recognized by the National Web Archive as being of Welsh National Heritage importance, and a valuable research resource.

Image: Jane Beck

To reserve your place, visit the event listing here.

Find out more about Jane here.

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