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New for Old

Project Team:

Project Leader: Judith Mottram
Researcher: Jemma Ooi
Exhibition Curator: Martina Margetts

New for Old was a residency programme run by the RCA in partnership with the British Council. The aim of the project was to provide refreshed opportunities for the Southeast Asian craft sector and particularly support female artisans working in this field.

In 2015 Professor Judith Mottram, Dean of the School of Material, and Jemma Ooi, print tutor for the School of Material’s Textiles programme, undertook a scoping visit to weaving communities in northern Thailand. The following year six RCA students undertook residencies as members of 3 multidisciplinary teams travelling in Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. The teams, which also included anthropologists, social entrepreneurs and local guides, collected evidence and information on contemporary weaving practice. The material gathered during these residencies was showcased in an exhibition curated by Martina Margetts (RCA Senior Tutor in Critical & Historical Studies) that opened during London Craft Week 2017.

As part of the programme, the six RCA students also attended the Craft Reveals conference, organised by the British Council as part of Chiang Mai Design Week 2016.

Project News and Events

RCA Research Celebrates Craftswomen of Southeast Asia
On the Line: New Perspectives on Craft in Southeast Asia

Page Authors: Peter Oakley & Tara Stebnicky

This project is funded by: 

British Counciil
British Council