Visiting MIAT in Ghent

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Last week, myself , Penny and Patricia, travelled to Ghent for a Textiles conference at TI03 about smart textiles. However, I have to say, the highlight of my trip was not the future of textiles but the past. We visited MIAT, (Museum over industrie, arbeid en textiel) and their collection proved very interesting.

The following images are a photo diary of what caught my attention at MIAT, I hope it is as enlightening for you as it was for me

Detail of old Tapestry work at MIAT

Detail of old Tapestry work at MIAT

The Jacquard Looms in particular caught my eye, I love how the threads move within the loom; how they converge and criss cross and emerge as a woven piece of fabric.

Jacquard loom at MIAT and detail shot

Jacquard loom at MIAT and detail shot

A burst of thread out of a grid within the loom and lovely hooks onto the warp. I think these images could easily inform a site specific piece….how could I represent this within a gallery setting

Threads within a loom

Threads within a loom

The the trail of punch cards that feed the loom prove not only functional but aesthetically pleasing also. Beautiful braids are used to attach the warp to the wires

Details of the interior of a loom and punch cards

Details of the interior of a loom and punch cards

The photograph below is of a ribbon/trimmings jacquard loom, hence why the warp splits into sections, each section weaves into a separate ribbon. It’s is utterly amazing and captivating to look at these looms in depth, the threads are so compelling.

Punch cards and criss- cross jacquard warp

Punch cards and criss- cross jacquard warp

I love how the light shines through the punchcards and I also think these link into my ceramic work with punched holes.

Punch card beauty

Punch card beauty

Interesting patterns in spinning machinery

Machinery and yarns

Spinning Jenny and spools of yarn

We also spoke with some volunteers who work at MIAT. These volunteers keep the machinery and equipment in working order and they even produce lovely items that they sell in the Museums shop. Below is an image of a teatowl; designed, produced, and available to buy at MIAT. They also make and sell various printed items and cards

MIAT teatowel design

MIAT teatowel design

Other nice patterns within the museum…..what is it about stacks of spools of yarn that is so alluring.

Colourful yarn store and machinery

Colourful yarn store and machinery

Skein to spool winder

Skein to spool winder

And finally the view form MIAT’s window over  fabulous Ghent

View from a window at MIAT over the beautiful Ghent

View from a window at MIAT over the beautiful Ghent

 

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