The Textiles Research Hub operates as a forum for research and textile-related discussions and events. Centred in the Discipline of History at the University of Melbourne, it has a lively reading group with a diverse membership including curators, textile experts, doctoral candidates, and engaged members of the public. Founded by Antonia Finnane, the group meets once a month during semester. For all enquiries about meetings and other activities, contact Laura Jocic laura.jocic@optusnet.com.au


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textiles musings

Textiles Musings is where members of the Textiles Reading Group and Research Hub post articles and reflections on textile and dress-related topics.

muse #1: laura jocic

Laura is currently is undertaking a PhD at the University of Melbourne. Her thesis, The materiality of identity in a colonial society-in-the making, focuses on the significance of surviving items of dress from the early nineteenth century to c. 1870. From 2007 to 2012 Laura was a member of the curatorial team of Australian Fashion and Textiles at the National Gallery of Victoria. Laura also has expertise in Central Asian textiles and has lead five tours to Uzbekistan for Australians Studying Abroad. She is curator for the exhibition Louis Kahan: art, theatre, fashion at the Town Hall Gallery, Hawthorn, Melbourne from 27 August-23 October 2016.