One of the pleasures and strengths of LCF’s archive is the idiosyncratic range of material the collections hold. The objects have been collected to reflect, illustrate and inspire the diverse processes, outputs and areas of the industry the college works with.
As well as a being a potent starting point for a collecting policy, this approach makes LCF a fascinating melting pot of different methodologies, ideas and forms of expertise. With fashion as the unifier, a tailor, a curator and a trend forecaster can each ‘read’ and understand an object in a different way, one which is framed and informed by their differing areas of expertise.
With that in mind, in conjunction with the Fashion Archives, we are starting a new series of events. In these monthly discussion groups, participants will be asked to ‘read’ and discuss a selection of objects from the LCF Archives collections.
We aim to take an interdisciplinary approach to the sessions and discussions, and to encourage students, staff and researchers to apply their different expertise and knowledge bases (whether practical or theoretical) to ‘reading’ the selected objects. As well as highlighting the variety of materials in the archive, the events will promote the importance of object based learning in all disciplines, and hopefully highlight some of the different ways participants will engage with objects depending on their own expertise.
To sweeten the deal and help start the conversation, a complimentary glass of wine will be provided. This event series is a great way for students and staff to meet others from different disciplines and Colleges.
Booking is essential as spaces at the event are limited. To reserve a free space, please visit our events website.
Object Reading Group, JPS 305, Wednesday 22 February, 6.00 – 7.15pm