Ethics and Aesthetics: Living in a Material World

Ethics and Aesthetics: Living in a Material World Ethics and Aesthetics: Living in a Material World highlights Fife Cultural Trust’s ethnographic collection, spanning several continents and centuries.

Ethics and Aesthetics: Living in a Material World highlights Fife Cultural Trust’s ethnographic collections. Discover the hidden meanings behind the everyday objects we take for granted. Explore jewellery, clothing and domestic items in new and unusual ways. These fascinating objects span continents and centuries, ranging from African beaded love-letters to Peruvian pottery; and from jade ornaments to an ivory sewing kit. Learn the significance of patterns and consider the ethical difficulties posed by methods of production and display. Come along and find out about the world around us through a variety of hands-on activities and make sure to keep an eye out for details about our upcoming events! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @MaterialWorld17

18/02/2018

We are still open at Kirkcaldy Galleries!
Don’t miss us! ❤️

Our fantastic exhibition is open at Kirkcaldy Galleries until March 2018!Exhibition on tour!
20/12/2017

Our fantastic exhibition is open at Kirkcaldy Galleries until March 2018!

Exhibition on tour!

We are now officially closed at St Andrews museum and exhibition take down will commence tomorrow :(It has been such an ...
04/06/2017

We are now officially closed at St Andrews museum and exhibition take down will commence tomorrow :(

It has been such an incredible journey for us and we have loved every minute of it.

Thank you so much for all your support and visiting us. We really hope you enjoyed our posts, the exhibition and all the events.

We will still be posting all things ethical and design from time to time and also keeping you posted on what the team is up to and where they are in the world!

Thanks so much you wonderful people.
from
the ethics and aesthetics team extraordinaire ######x

1 day left! Tomorrow is the last day of the exhibition at St Andrews museum. It's true what they say, time flies when yo...
02/06/2017

1 day left!

Tomorrow is the last day of the exhibition at St Andrews museum. It's true what they say, time flies when you are having fun!

On entering the exhibition you are welcomed by a beautiful blue wall with gorgeous lamps hanging down.

These lamps are made of brass and are in fact part of Jewish culture. We think the lamps were collected in Israel and brought back to Scotland.

We have loved displaying them and many people have commented on how unusual and pretty they are. 💫

2 days left! Here are some of the team doing yoga during installation week back in March! Namaste! 🙏🏼
01/06/2017

2 days left!

Here are some of the team doing yoga during installation week back in March!

Namaste! 🙏🏼

3 days left!This object caught our attention very early in our exhibition planning.It is a two faced mask from south eas...
31/05/2017

3 days left!

This object caught our attention very early in our exhibition planning.

It is a two faced mask from south east Nigeria and it is made from wood and skin.
These masks are part of Epke culture, a secret society which only men can join.

Masks like this were (and still are) worn on the head during ceremonial rites.

4 days left! We have loved working with Fashion Revolution throughout our exhibition.For the most part the fashion indus...
30/05/2017

4 days left!

We have loved working with Fashion Revolution throughout our exhibition.

For the most part the fashion industry has become very unethical and we have been privileged to highlight this through our events and social media posts during the last few months.

Thank you to everyone who came along to our film screening, clothes swap and tie-dye events.

I'm sure we will continue to wonder #whomademyclothes ?👗👔👖👕

5 days left!We had a fantastic Christmas themed pub quiz in December at The Criterion pub!Everyone got into the festive ...
29/05/2017

5 days left!

We had a fantastic Christmas themed pub quiz in December at The Criterion pub!

Everyone got into the festive spirit and we had lots of fun.🎄

6 days left! Made from finely dyed silk, the decorative panel on this kimono was hand-stitched using an embroidery techn...
28/05/2017

6 days left!

Made from finely dyed silk, the decorative panel on this kimono was hand-stitched using an embroidery technique called 'hira-nui'.
The method uses silk thread and variations of long and short stitching to build the design.

This would have been a costly garment and probably brought to Scotland as a gift or souvenir!

We think it is gorgeous and it has looked fabulous up on the wall for the exhibition!💙

7 days left!Did you come along to our whisky tasting event 'Tipple or Two' back in February? If not you missed a great n...
27/05/2017

7 days left!

Did you come along to our whisky tasting event 'Tipple or Two' back in February?

If not you missed a great night of whisky fuelled antics! 🍻🍸

8 days left! This beautiful model of a Hindu temple is made of ivory and shola. Shola is a herbaceous plant which grows ...
26/05/2017

8 days left!

This beautiful model of a Hindu temple is made of ivory and shola. Shola is a herbaceous plant which grows in the waterlogged areas of western and southern India.

The model dates back to the 19th century and we think it comes from southern India!

Models such as this were often given as gifts or purchased by travellers as souvenirs. It is definitely one of our favourite objects and when we first saw it we knew we had to have it in the exhibition!

9 days left!We were lucky enough to take part in HM Frigate Unicorn's Christmas fayre last year to do a bit of exhibitio...
25/05/2017

9 days left!

We were lucky enough to take part in HM Frigate Unicorn's Christmas fayre last year to do a bit of exhibition fundraising!

We had a fun afternoon on board the ship selling tasty cakes 🍰

There are ONLY 10 DAYS left of our beautiful exhibition. 😫 😢 Catch it while you can!Each day we will be posting a ...
24/05/2017

There are ONLY 10 DAYS left of our beautiful exhibition. 😫 😢 Catch it while you can!

Each day we will be posting a photo of one of our most interesting objects or a fun photo from one of our many events!🎉

This woven grass basket comes from west Africa and features a striking spiral design.
It has been a great addition to our domestic section of the exhibition!

We keep getting tons of cool pics of the tie-dye t-shirts from Saturday! These are great! If you made a shirt at "Chase ...
22/05/2017

We keep getting tons of cool pics of the tie-dye t-shirts from Saturday! These are great! If you made a shirt at "Chase the Rainbow", send us your photos so we can see your masterpiece 🌈 🌈

20/05/2017

Come out for our tie-dye from 11:00-1:00!

We have been so lucky to have an amazing artist installation included in our exhibition. Sekai is a practicing artist ba...
17/05/2017

We have been so lucky to have an amazing artist installation included in our exhibition.

Sekai is a practicing artist based in Dundee. Her work is based on a deep interrogation of the notion of self. She explores the challenges of having an African heritage whilst living in the west.

We have received lots of great reviews in our visitor's book of Sekai's work.

Come along to St Andrews Museum to see her wonderful work.

The exhibition will close on 3rd June -so be quick!

Hello, my name is Lisa, and I'm from Dundee on the other side of the River Tay. I am part of the display team and I also...
16/05/2017

Hello, my name is Lisa, and I'm from Dundee on the other side of the River Tay. I am part of the display team and I also designed our exhibition logo.

I studied as an artist but I have always had a love for learning and being surrounded by different things from across the globe- working in a museum is therefore perfect for me!

My favourite object is the Chinese silk clothing: it is so beautifully crafted and although the colours have faded over time, you can still imagine the vivid intensity of them when they were first worn.

The exhibition closes in a couple of weeks so make sure you catch it beforehand!

Enjoyed a fabulous lecture by Dr. Joyce. Thanks to everyone who came out!
13/05/2017

Enjoyed a fabulous lecture by Dr. Joyce. Thanks to everyone who came out!

Hi I'm Lucy and I'm from sunny Scotland! I am on the exhibition marketing team!I have chosen the Maori traditional cloth...
11/05/2017

Hi I'm Lucy and I'm from sunny Scotland! I am on the exhibition marketing team!

I have chosen the Maori traditional clothing because it has a contemporary look, even though it has been worn for many years. I especially like the skirt – I love the combination of textures and patterns, making this clothing seem really dynamic.

I think all of the clothing featured in our exhibition is really beautiful, and I hope that you find it aesthetically pleasing, too!

Hi! I’m Ralph and I am from Hangzhou, China. I am on the printed materials team. I enjoy being in museums of all diffe...
10/05/2017

Hi! I’m Ralph and I am from Hangzhou, China. I am on the printed materials team.

I enjoy being in museums of all different kinds. For me, they are both meditative and explorative spaces – I can discover new things about the world around me and about myself.

This ceramic plate I picked is from China, my native country. The man in the centre – Li Bai – is undoubtedly the best-known poet in Chinese history. I’ve always loved his poems and my mother used to read them to me.

Numerous designers and celebrities have been in the media spotlight recently amidst accusations of cultural appropriatio...
04/05/2017
Drawing the line between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation

Numerous designers and celebrities have been in the media spotlight recently amidst accusations of cultural appropriation. This is an interesting article exploring the issue in the fashion industry.

Homage or theft? Appreciation or appropriation?

What do you think? We would love to know your thoughts!

https://www.varsity.co.uk/fashion/12614

In this long-form piece, Kate Hammond explores the issue of cultural appropriation in fashion and highlights the rampant double standards adopted by the industry.

30/04/2017

Had a successful clothing swap yesterday! Hope everyone who came out enjoyed themselves and got some fab new threads 👗👕 #fashionrevolutionweek #whomadeyourclothes #ethicsandaesthetics2017 #slowfashion

Swap till you Drop today at St Andrews museum! Come along with some old clothes to support Fashion Revolution and have a...
29/04/2017

Swap till you Drop today at St Andrews museum!

Come along with some old clothes to support Fashion Revolution and have a look at our exhibition too

We will be there from 12 until 3pm, see you soon! 👗👕

We had lots of fun at the National Museum of Scotland this week spreading the word about Fashion Revolution! Who made yo...
28/04/2017

We had lots of fun at the National Museum of Scotland this week spreading the word about Fashion Revolution!

Who made your clothes? 👗👕

Have a look at this article about traditional clothing!
27/04/2017
Fashion Revolution

Have a look at this article about traditional clothing!

Meet the Dzao makers behind TAMAY & ME's embroidered jackets

#imadeyourclothes

"Fashion should be about changing the status quo." - Dilys Williams Don't forget to join us tonight for our film screeni...
27/04/2017

"Fashion should be about changing the status quo." - Dilys Williams
Don't forget to join us tonight for our film screening of "Slowing Down Fast Fashion" at 6:00! Check out the Facebook event for more info.

Wearing our favourite outfits to the Scottish Museums Federation Conference but still thinking about #whomademyclothes
26/04/2017

Wearing our favourite outfits to the Scottish Museums Federation Conference but still thinking about #whomademyclothes

It's Fashion Revolution week and to celebrate we have two fabulous free events for everyone! On Thursday evening we have...
25/04/2017

It's Fashion Revolution week and to celebrate we have two fabulous free events for everyone!

On Thursday evening we have a screening of the film Slowing Down Fast Fashion and on Saturday afternoon we have a clothes swap event!

Check our events tab for more details.

Who made your clothes? 👕👗 Thrift Society @fashionrevolution.org

via Fashion Revolution
24/04/2017
Fashion Revolution

via Fashion Revolution

"The more we pressure brands to be transparent, the more they will be forced to listen. The years following the Rana Plaza tragedy have seen remarkable progress but it’s essential to keep questioning, keep researching and keep asking that simple yet all-important question: “Who made my clothes?”"

via Refinery29
#whomademyclothes

Today kicks off Fashion Revolution Week 2017! We are excited to be working with Fashion Revolution Scotland to draw atte...
24/04/2017
UK : Fashion Revolution

Today kicks off Fashion Revolution Week 2017! We are excited to be working with Fashion Revolution Scotland to draw attention to the garment-making industry.

During Fashion Revolution week, St Andrews will be hosting two events: a flim screening of "Slowing Down Fast Fashion" and a clothing swap, "Swap till You Drop". Check out more events in the UK on Fashion Rev's website: http://fashionrevolution.org/country/uk/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1653092494986177/
https://www.facebook.com/events/115817362244536/

Fashion Revolution was founded following the Bangladesh Rana Factory Collapse, which occured 24 April 2013. Fashion Revolution is a global movement that runs all year long to hold companies accountable to how they treat their workers.

Happy Earth Day! We hope everyone takes a little time out of their day to appreciate and enjoy our beautiful planet 🌎
22/04/2017

Happy Earth Day! We hope everyone takes a little time out of their day to appreciate and enjoy our beautiful planet 🌎

Hello, I’m Louise and I’m from Lossiemouth, a small coastal town like St Andrews, in the North of Scotland. Art and ...
20/04/2017

Hello, I’m Louise and I’m from Lossiemouth, a small coastal town like St Andrews, in the North of Scotland.
Art and design have always been keen interests of mine. Museums and galleries are a fantastic opportunity for self-expression and I’m excited to see how everyone interacts with our exhibition!
My favourite object is this green Middle-Eastern vase. I’ve always been fascinated by the skills and techniques involved in pottery and I think this is a wonderful design with its long neck and bulbous base. The lustrous green colour also reminds me of some crockery that my Scottish grandparents used to have – but they definitely weren’t from the Middle East!

Check out the Surma and Mursi people from Ethiopia. They use live, natural materials to make beautiful jewellery and fas...
20/04/2017
The Ethiopian Fashion Tribe that turns Nature into Haute Couture

Check out the Surma and Mursi people from Ethiopia. They use live, natural materials to make beautiful jewellery and fashion.

Remember when you tried to get creative and bejewel your jean shorts or decorate your new tennis shoes with a Sharpie pen? Well this is not that. In the Omo Valley of southern Ethiopia, the Surma and Mursi people don't have glue guns, sewing machines, sequins or Sharpies to accessorise with. Inspire

Can you spy our little Easter chicks and eggs?? 🐣
15/04/2017

Can you spy our little Easter chicks and eggs?? 🐣

If you are looking for something fun to do with your children today, hop on over to our Easter Trail from 2:00-3:00! It'...
15/04/2017

If you are looking for something fun to do with your children today, hop on over to our Easter Trail from 2:00-3:00! It's sure to be a fun one 🙂

I’m Sayaka and I’m from the West of Japan. I am on the exhibition education team. Museums and their objects have alw...
14/04/2017

I’m Sayaka and I’m from the West of Japan. I am on the exhibition education team.

Museums and their objects have always intrigued me and excited my interest and curiosity, no matter which museums they are, art or history. This exhibition includes both aspects, and I hope a lot of people enjoy it from many different perspectives!

My favourite object is this clay pot from Peru. I love this small adorable pot – its shape and the pattern on it stimulate my imagination.

I like to wonder about how people used this pot in the past.

Come along today for some code-breaking fun.See you at 2pm!https://www.onfife.com/whats-on/detail/cracking-codes
10/04/2017
Cracking codes!

Come along today for some code-breaking fun.
See you at 2pm!

https://www.onfife.com/whats-on/detail/cracking-codes

Fancy yourself a budding spy or code-breaker? Come along to our code-breaking workshop to find out more about the ways we use codes to express ourselves, and have a go at making up your own and see if you can make it uncrackable! Drop in, no need to book.

Here is a picture of Robert Young. Robert was from Cupar and donated a small collection of objects relating to the Tabwa...
08/04/2017

Here is a picture of Robert Young. Robert was from Cupar and donated a small collection of objects relating to the Tabwa people of south-east Nigeria in 1915. He collected many objects on his travels with the British South Africa Company. You can see some of these pieces at St Andrews museum now!

Hello! My name is Nora and I’m from Berlin in Germany. I am on the display team!My parents used to take me to museums ...
07/04/2017

Hello! My name is Nora and I’m from Berlin in Germany. I am on the display team!

My parents used to take me to museums when I was a child so I have always been familiar with visiting these fascinating places, which is why I decided to learn more about them at university!

I chose Farida and Onika, the little beaded figures, as my favourite objects, because they are so unbelievably cute! It is so cool how flexible they are, which is why it was tricky getting them to sit on the little benches in the display case!

Very sad to see this ruling but also an important reminder that we need to be mindful of where our objects and the mater...
07/04/2017
Breaking: Rhino Horn Trade to Return in South Africa

Very sad to see this ruling but also an important reminder that we need to be mindful of where our objects and the materials they're made of come from.

The high court’s decision means that rhino horn sales will soon be legal again, which many fear will exacerbate the poaching crisis.

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