Interwoven Connections: The Stoddard Templeton Design Studio and Design Library, 1843-2005
9 Nov 2013 – 11 Jan 2014 (shut 24 Dec – 2 Jan inclusive)
The Stoddard Templeton companies were Scotland’s most prominent carpet manufacturing innovators. They designed and supplied many iconic carpets, including for Glasgow Cathedral, the White House, the Titanic and Queen Mary liners and for events such as the Royal Coronations and Festival of Britain. This exhibition focuses on the Stoddard Templeton Design Library, a unique resource used by designers to inspire and aid the design process. The Library contains a rich array of material amassed from the mid-nineteenth to early twenty-first centuries. Through folios, books, designs, films and samples, the exhibition will provide insight into the Design Library’s contents, the Stoddard Templeton design studio, the designers, carpet designing and Design Library utilisation in the creative process. This is a design research exhibition by GSA School of Design staff member Helena Britt.
With thanks to The Glasgow School of Art Library, The Glasgow School of Art Archives & Collections Centre, University of Glasgow Archive Services and The Museum of Carpet, Kidderminster.
Supported by The Royal Society of Edinburgh
The Stoddard Templeton Collection is divided, Glasgow Life hold the Heritage Carpet Collection, the University of Glasgow the design and corporate archives and The Glasgow School of Art the Design Library and a selection of carpet samples.
Watch a short film about the exhibition in which curator Helena Britt, archivist Susannah Waters and Academic Liaison Librarian Duncan Chappell tell us more about the project.