The Politics of Appearance
- In 2009 I was the Vera Douie Research Fellow at The Women’s Library, London Metropolitan University, with a project on ‘The Politics of Appearance: feminist dress codes in the 1970s’. I carried out interviews with key members of the Women’s Liberation Movement Sally Alexander, Mary Chamberlain, Anna Davin, Sue O’Sullivan, Amanda Sebestyen, Michelene Wandor and Elizabeth Wilson. These revealed some unheard memories, images, and surviving garments that were incorporated in the exhibition ‘MsUnderstood: Feminism since 1970′ at The Women’s Library.
- This research was featured on BBC London radio and in the Times Higher Education Supplement: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=409273&c=1
- In 2008 I was an advisor for the exhibition ‘Textile Intarsia in Europe Since 1500′ organised by Berlin State Museums. I shared my research on intarsia textiles made by British artisans c1830-70, and their links to working-class political and educational movements. I contributed an essay and several object descriptions to the catalogue, and spoke at conferences in Nebraska, Berlin and Leeds.
- I co-ordinated research on textiles in British and Australian collections, and helped to negotiate a British venue for the exhibition at Leeds City Art Gallery.