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How Do You Footnote a Smile? One Dialog about Two Extremes of Textile Research

Journal article
Authors Jessica Hemmings
Birgitta Nordström
Published in Textile: The Journal of Cloth & Culture
ISSN 1475-9756
Publication year 2019
Published at School of Design and Crafts
Language en
Keywords weaving; dignity; interdisciplinary research; mourning
Subject categories Arts, Other Humanities, Languages and Literature, Other Medical Sciences


This article preserves the format of a dialogue that was originally held in late 2018 between research colleagues Jessica Hemmings and Birgitta Nordstrom in the weaving workshop at the Academy of Design and Crafts (HDK), University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The conversation – a “Higher Seminar” in Swedish academic parlance – was intended to expose the breadth of current textile research and inspire colleagues to see across disciplinary boundaries to the unexpected similarities their research interests might share. Jessica Hemmings spoke of her interdisciplinary interest in reading the textile through literature and Birgitta Nordstrom discussed her ongoing research into the woven textile as an object that can help us confront, and hold, death. These two examples arguably represent extremes along the spectrum of methods used in textile research, but both share an attention to topics often treated with silence that may find useful alternative forms of communication in the textile.

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