School of Design

ULITA – an Archive of International Textiles

Engagement Projects

Chinese culture meets fashion at Leeds College of Art, 2015

Leeds College of Art students at ULITA

From 2015 a collaboration between the BA Fashion degree at Leeds College of Art and the Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds was established, which saw fashion students at the College create designs inspired by Chinese culture, including a visit to see the Qing Collection at ULITA. Further details can be found here.

Felting workshops at Quarry Mount Primary School, 2014-15

Initialled bookmarks

Our Education Officer held a Felting Club with two groups of children from Quarry Mount Primary School, to make a visual project for the reading area. The children produced initialled felt bookmarks, and banners and bunting for their reading areas in their classrooms. These were made by hand, using wool fibre to make felt. The children learned about wool in Yorkshire, and designed and manufactured the felt items themselves. It was a great opportunity for them to have first hand experience of producing a material. There were also cross-curricular elements of geography, history, science, maths and literacy in the sessions.

My Mill – My Heritage: An exhibition of the works of local schools and community groups, 2010

Detail of wall hanging

This Heritage Lottery funded project in partnership with the South Leeds City Learning Centre showcased wall hangings and video diaries of local schools and community groups following visits to Bradford Industrial Museum, Armley Mills, Thwaites Mill and Hainsworth Mill in Stanningley (a working mill). The work depicts textiles mills and their machinery, using the craft of collage and stitching, and supplemented by other handcraft techniques.

World Textiles and Yorkshire: Past and Future, 2007-8


Asha Neighbourhood project strand, 2007

World Textiles and Yorkshire: Past and Future was an eighteen-month project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the W.W. Spooner Charitable Trust, undertaken by the University of Leeds International Textiles Archive (ULITA) and their associated partner South Leeds City Learning Centre of Education Leeds. The project ai med to encourage school children and adults, of all ages and backgrounds to increase their knowledge of textiles. A total of nine schools and community groups participated. With the emphasis on design and ‘making’, and with guidance from specialist tutors, one-hundred-and-seventy students researched, designed and manufactured items.

Inspiration was drawn from several sources including from the Collections of the University of Leeds International Textiles Archive (ULITA).

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