Collection DC 035 - Records of the Glasgow School of Art Modern Embroidery Group, alumni society, Glasgow, Scotland

Key Information

Reference code

DC 035

Title

Records of the Glasgow School of Art Modern Embroidery Group, alumni society, Glasgow, Scotland

Date(s)

  • 1959-1979 (Creation)

Level of description

Collection

Extent

2 Boxes

Content and Structure

Scope and content

Includes:

  • Newsletters and circulars, 1959-1978
  • Membership records, 1960-1974
  • Exhibition records including catalogues, invites, visitors' books, price lists and related correspondence, 1959-1979
  • Press cuttings and notes, 1959-1976.

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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

This material has been appraised inline with Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections standard procedures.

Accruals

System of arrangement

The material has been arranged into series as outlined in the collection description.

General Information

Name of creator

(1956-1995)

Administrative history

The Glasgow School of Art Modern Embroidery Group was formed by Kathleen Whyte (1909-1996) in 1955-6 with the express intention of creating an exhibition vehicle for graduates of the Glasgow School of Art. This would encourage them to continue to pursue innovation in modern embroidery, for which the GSA was well known in the UK. In 1956 former students of the Embroidery & Weaving Department of the School held the first exhibition of their work at Blythswood Square Gallery, Glasgow. The group was formally constituted and a registered charity run by a committee of GSA graduates elected annually at an annual general meeting. Two years after the group's first exhibition, a touring exhibition sponsored by the Scottish Arts Council visited many towns in Scotland and lasted over a year. By 1970 three such touring exhibitions had been held as well as a bi-annual exhibition held in the Glasgow area or occasionally in London. By the mid-1970s the group had over 70 members. As well as exhibiting, the group held regular meetings, lectures and events that covered areas such as techniques, textile history, dyeing and design, all of which were intended to encourage new work. The move by the Arts Council to award grants more readily to national groups in the mid-1990s led to the formation of EDGE, the Scottish National Textile Group, about 1995. This group brought together the Glasgow School of Art Embroidery and Textile Group known by this time as 167, the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art Embroidery Group known as Embryo, and the New Scottish Embroidery Group, based in Edinburgh. The Dundee group was formed by graduates of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art taught by Marion Gracie, later Stewart, herself a graduate of GSA Department of Embroidery & Weaving. One independent group remains called 167 On the Road. This was formed to support graduates willing to offer day and weekend courses in embroidery around Scotland.

Archival history

Custodial history

The records were accumulated by Crissie White, former head of Embroidered & Woven Textiles at the Glasgow School of Art, and deposited with the archives in 2002.

Physical Description and Conditions of Use

Conditions governing access

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Conditions governing reproduction

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Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Language and script notes

Physical Description

The records are on paper.

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Administrative Information

Description identifier

GB 1694 DC 035

Institution identifier

GB 1694

Rules and/or conventions used

ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description - Second edition

Status

Level of detail

Processing information

  • Adapted from STHO catalogue by Susannah Waters, GSA Archivist, 19th April 2011.
  • Archives Hub description updated by Carrie Skinner, Logjam Project Officer, September 2011.
  • Catalogue imported into Archon software and edited by Michelle Kaye, Archon Project Officer, May 2014.
  • Catalogue exported from Archon and imported into AtoM during system migration, 2018-2019.

Language(s)

  • English

Script(s)

Sources

Archivist's note

Finding Aid Authors: The Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections.

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