Zoë Hendon Research Talk

Zoë Hendon Research Talk

Next week I am returning for just one afternoon to my role as chair of the TVAD (Theorising Visual Art and Design) Research Group at the University of Hertfordshire (2009-2018) to host a TVAD Talk research seminar on behalf of Dr Alana Jelinek, TVAD Research Group Leader, who will be away.

I am looking forward enormously to hosting our external speaker Zoë Hendon, Head of Collections and Associate Professor, Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture (MoDA) at the University on January 16th. Zoë joins us from our neighbour, Middlesex University. Her TVAD Talk, entitled ‘Working at the Intersection of Archives and Practice’ will showcase her doctoral research in the context of her professional work at MoDA. Zoë’s talk will examine her approach to both:

the museum's collections from a design-historical perspective, and on the ways in which these collections inspire creative practice in the present. 

In this talk she will refer to various projects she has worked on in recent years, and reflect on where these different strands of thought are currently taking her. Zoë’s PhD ‘Looking Back and Looking Forward, the The Silver Studio Collection as heritage asset and educational resource, 1968-2018’ is registered with Middlesex University and is due for completion by end of 2019. The Silver Studio Collection

was a commercial design practice, which between 1880 and 1963 completed more than 20,000 schemes for items such as furnishing fabrics, wallpapers, tablecovers, rugs and carpets. The Studio answered the needs of its customers, who were retailers and manufacturers at all levels of the market. Many of its clients were mass producers and Silver Studio designs therefore found their way into numerous British homes.

Zoë’s recent publications arising from this project include:

  • ‘The Silver Studio art reference collection’ Decorative Arts Society Journal 36 (2012): 65–81;

  • The Silver Studio and the Art of Japan, Middlesex University: Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture (2014);

  • ‘Behind the Scenes at the Silver Studio : Rex Silver and the Hidden Mechanisms of Interwar Textile Design’ Architecture and Culture 6, 1 (2018): 61–80;

  • and, with Dr Linda Sandino ‘Inspiration Examined:Towards a methodology’ Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education 17, 2 (2018): 135–50.

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The talk will be filmed by Mikayla Laird and will be published on the University of Hertfordshire’s YouTube channel in due course. Further TVAD Talks are listed on the TVAD Talks webpage and on the TVAD blog.

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