Matthew Taylor is the Course Leader in Textile Practice at the University of Huddersfield where he teaches Print, Drawing and Professional Practice across the areas of Textile Design, Surface Design and Textile Craft and Art.
Matthew is working with The Gleneden Post-War Design Archive; a collection of uncatalogued paintings/designs originally produced for commercial purposes for companies such as Gleneden, Morton Sundour Fabrics and Courtald’s, to respond to the question How Can Historical Design Artefacts be Re-Contextualised or Appropriated in a Contemporary Fashion?
Currently Matthew is considering whether (British) Historical Marginalia can be activated as a Design Inspiration Resource? by responding to the question “what would become of its context- if transferred? If translated?” (Poe, 1844:2). Matthews practice examines this concept of context transference producing work concerned with creating new interpretations of archived material by utilising a/r/tology as a research methodology. His research documents the process of how these patterns/designs/ideas transition from manual (drawing) to digital (design), by utilising manual and mechanical means of production to develop a variety of creative responses that in some way respond to the marginalia highlighted in the research question.
Abstract Title: Trace Elements
Heritage Quay Archive at the University of Huddersfield is home to a collection of hand-painted designs known as The Gleneden Post-War Design Archive. These images of historical significance, created as visual instruction to plot the construction of Jacquard woven cloth, bare the marks of a working life; their surfaces are torn and cracked have marginal graffiti scattered around the periphery of their pages.
Trace Elements is a workshop that utilises images from this archive to encourage drawing as a research tool. Through making, it discusses the transformative process of inclusive creativity, bringing people together, to produce images, animation and stories which may emerge as a creative response to a dormant collection.