Talks & lectures

For groups and guilds the most popular talk is about my career and work inspirations:

  • Hidden Histories: Ruth Singer’s textile work, inspiration & influences

Talks for guilds & groups cost £95 for bookings in 2017 (£100 for bookings in 2018) plus travel (45p per mile) for a fully-illustrated, lively one-hour talk, with samples of my work to see and historic examples where relevant. I provide laptop, projector and screen myself, so all you need is people! Please contact me to discuss your requirements. I can combine talks with practical workshops too.

For other groups, the following talks are also available:

  • Interlace: A collaboration in cloth & concrete
  • Narrative Threads: The story behind Ruth’s 2015 solo exhibition and the work included in it.
  • Criminal Quilts: A study of Ruth’s work about Victorian prisoners
  • Fabric manipulation: historical and contemporary use of innovative techniques
  • Collaborations: How working with other artists can develop your work
  • Community work; textile art in non-gallery settings. Ideas, tips and inspirations
  • Inspiration from historic textiles
  • In the museum stores:  working with museums for creative inspiration
  • Using family history, photos documents and research in textile art
  • Delicate Details: the use of decorations & trimmings on historic dress
  • Textiles, craft and sustainability

Business development talks & training- for more information see here.

  • Creating inspiring workshops
  • Social media and blogging for creative businesses
  • Publishing for craft makers
  • Introduction to informal teaching
  • Employability and creating a portfolio career in craft

I also teach fashion and textile history and can give one-off talks on any of the following subjects as well as full-day or longer courses.

  • Introduction to fashion & textile history
  • Medieval tapestry
  • Medieval & Tudor embroidery
  • Medieval & Tudor dress
  • Dyes and innovations
  • 17th century clothes & textiles
  • 18th century clothes & textiles
  • Spitalfields silk
  • Lace, knitting & embroidery
  • Asian imported textiles in Britain
  • Traditional Japanese textiles
  • Arts and Crafts textiles and William Morris
  • Handbag history
  • Victorian costume
  • 19th century textiles
  • 20th century fashion
  • Make do and mend
  • Contemporary craft textiles


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