ROTOЯ Insufficient Allure: Preview

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ImageJoin us tomorrow night (Thursday 19 April) at 6pm for Kevin Almond’s talk: ‘Insufficient Allure’ to celebrate the opening of his exhibition of the same title: ‘Insufficient Allure: The Art of Creative Pattern Cutting’ co-curated with Kathryn Brennand in Huddersfield Art Gallery. Admission free. All welcome.

 

This will be followed by two related events:

Screening of the Audrey Hepburn film Funny Face (1957): 6pm, Thursday 10 May

Reading Group and Seminar on Insufficient Allure: 1.30pm, Tuesday 29 May

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ROTOЯ: Reflections on Creative Cut

Join us tonight for a special guest talk by Hilary Hollingworth (Senior Lecturer in Fashion and Textiles, University of Huddersfield ), ‘Reflections on Creative Cut,’ at 6pm in Huddersfield Art Gallery to accompany Kevin Almond and Kathryn Brennand’s curated exhibition Insufficient Allure: The Art of Creative Pattern Cutting.

Admission free. All welcome.

Insufficient Allure

Announcing the opening of the second exhibition in the ROTOЯ programme:

Insufficient Allure: The Art of Creative Pattern Cutting 

Curated by Kevin Almond and Kathryn Brennand

at Huddersfield Art Gallery. The exhibition will be open to the public from Saturday 7 April. Please join us for two special events to celebrate the opening of this show:

6pm, Thursday 12 April: Hilary Hollingworth (University of Huddersfield) will give a talk reflecting on the show

Insufficient Allure Banner in situ6pm, Thursday 19 April: Kevin Almond (University of Huddersfield) will give a tour of his exhibition. *Please note that this is the official launch event*

Pattern cutting is a series of body measurements that ultimately creates a three dimensional shape that fits a human body. It is both a technical and a craft based skill. The most traditional method is through flat pattern cutting. This involves creating a block pattern that fits the human form and adapting and manipulating the block to create the desired shape, as dictated by the design. Other significant methods of cutting include draping on the stand and tailoring. Creative pattern cutting is a craft based skill that

Insufficient Allure installation, image courtesy of Jamie Collier

Insufficient Allure installation, image courtesy of Jamie Collier

really pushes the boundaries of fashion design and breaks many traditional rules in order to innovate new and exciting ideas and shapes. Patterns produced are a variety of weird and wonderful forms that need to be placed imaginatively onto fabric.

The exhibition is a research display evolving from a publication (Almond, K. ‘Insufficient Allure: The Luxury and Cost of Creative Pattern Cutting’. The International Journal of Fashion Design Technology and Education. 3:1) that examined how the pattern cutter’s role suffers marginalization compared to the superficially more glamorous and creative role of the fashion designer. It displays creative cutting from final year fashion students at University of Huddersfield and celebrates their individual philosophies towards cut. The research

Insufficient Allure installation, image courtesy of Jamie Collier

Insufficient Allure installation, image courtesy of Jamie Collier

attempts to redress the balance by emphasizing that creative cut can have as much significance and allure as the designer’s role, despite the latter’s seemingly dominant stance. This can be realized through creative satisfaction and design integrity. The exhibition comprises a minimal black and white display which includes three dimensional calico toiles, creatively cut, black garments from the Leeds Museums and Galleries collection, photographs and student testimonials that celebrate the art of creative cutting for womenswear. These are interposed with colour paintings from the Kirklees collection, depicting images of women in fashionable dress.

The exhibition is on until Saturday 2 June.

Insufficient Allure installation, image courtesy of Jamie Collier

Insufficient Allure installation, image courtesy of Jamie Collier