Textiles and papers of Fraser Taylor, GSA student and designer with The Cloth, 1978-2015 Add to your favourites. View associated digital content.

Collection Overview

Title: Textiles and papers of Fraser Taylor, GSA student and designer with The Cloth, 1978-2015 Add to your favourites. View associated digital content.

Primary Creator: Taylor, Fraser (1960-)

Other Creators: The Cloth (1983-1987)

Extent: 9.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

The material has been arranged into four subfonds (GSA, RCA, The Cloth, and other projects) to represent Taylor's time as a student as well as his professional work. Each subfonds has then been subdivided into the following series:

GSA - printed textiles, student papers, images (photographs and slides), ephemera

RCA - printed textiles, images (photographs and slides), ephemera

The Cloth - fabric lengths, garments, ephemera, images,(photographs, slides and digital images), record sleeves

Other work - ephemera, images

Some of this material was damaged in the fire in GSA's Mackintosh Building on 23rd May 2014. Affected paper material has since undergone conservation. Textile conservation will be undertaken in 2019.

Date Acquired: 01/05/2014. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Clothing, Design (arts), Fashion, London, England, Photographs, Printed ephemera, Printing, Scotland, UK, Textiles, The Glasgow School of Art

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of printed textiles, garments and papers relating to Fraser Taylor's time as an undergraduate student at GSA (1978-1981), a postgraduate student at RCA (1983), and items relating to other professional activities. It also includes examples of textiles and associated ephemera for design collective The Cloth (1983-1987).

Collection Historical Note

http://www.frasertaylor.com/

http://www.thecloth.co.uk/

Biographical Note

Born in the UK in 1960, Fraser Taylor is an interdisciplinary artist who works with a range of media including drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and animation. After receiving his bachelor of art in printed textiles from The Glasgow School of Art, Taylor went on to complete his masters in fine art at the Royal Collage of Art, London. In 1983 he co-founded ‘The Cloth’, a collaborative studio established to enable artists to move freely between fine art and design projects. The Cloth designed numerous textile collections, which were manufactured in Tokyo, Milan, Paris, London, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. They also produced seasonal collections of ready to wear men’s and women’s apparel, which retailed at leading department stores in Europe, Asia and the US. The Cloth disbanded in 1988 to allow each artist to pursue individual direction. Since 1983, Taylor has exhibited internationally; venues include: Jill George Gallery and StART Space, London; Mackintosh Museum, Glasgow; Gallery Boards, Paris; Galeria Jorge Alcolea, Madrid; Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney. From 1996 to 2001, he was the assistant curator of ‘Japanese and British Art Now’, an exchange program established to provide a curriculum of exhibitions and workshops, encouraging discourses between artists working in London and Tokyo. This enabled Taylor to participate in group and solo exhibitions, at Axis Gallery, Gallery Aoyama, Sigacho Bis and SPICA Art, in Tokyo. Since 1983 he has lectured at fine art and design schools including Goldsmiths College University of London, Central St Martin's, The London Institute, The Royal College of Art and The Glasgow School of Art. In 1999 Taylor was invited to take part in a summer program, 'London in Chicago’ at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, which led to his appointment as Visiting Artist, in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies in 2001. Subsequently Taylor began to exhibit in the US. Venues include: Thomas McCormick Gallery, Bucket Rider Gallery, Alfedena Gallery, mn Gallery, Evanston Arts Center, Hyde Park Art Center, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Sybaris Gallery, Linda Ross Contemporary and Aurobora Press. Taylor currently lives and works in Chicago.

Subject/Index Terms

Clothing
Design (arts)
Fashion
London, England
Photographs
Printed ephemera
Printing
Scotland, UK
Textiles
The Glasgow School of Art

Administrative Information

Repository: GSA Archives

Accruals: Additional donations of material were made on 17/12/2014 and 06/01/2014.

Access Restrictions: Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections are open for research by appointment.

Use Restrictions:

Application for permission to quote should be submitted to The Archives and Collections Centre at The Glasgow School of Art.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Appraisal Information: This material has been appraised in line with Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections standard procedures.

Related Materials: Images and documentation of the work of The Cloth can be found online, curated by Andrew Dineley at Soft Octopus Design Studio. For more information please see http://www.thecloth.co.uk/.

Processing Information:

Listed by Susannah Waters, May 2014, Dec 2014 and Jan 2015.

Fonds and subfonds level descriptions created by Carrie Skinner, Nov 2015 and April 2016 (work funded by the Textile Society Audrey Archive Award).


Description of Contents

GSA student material, 1978-1981,
RCA student material, 1982-1983,
The Cloth material, 1983-2014,
Other projects, 1994-2014
DC 089/1, (Sub-Fonds) GSA student material, 1978-1981 Add to your favourites. 
Description: Textiles and student papers from Fraser Taylor's time at The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) as an undergraduate student.
Extent: 103 items.
Arrangement: By material type.
Reference: DC 089/1

Creator(s):

Taylor, Fraser

Subject(s):

Design (arts) - Painting - Photographs - Printing - Scotland, UK - Textiles - The Glasgow School of Art

DC 089/1/1, (Series) Printed textiles, 1978-1981 Add to your favourites. View associated digital content. 
Description:

DC 089/1/1/1    Abstract figures line drawing in red, grey, ochre and blue; GSA.

5 repeats. Dyed. 7 colours. Cotton. Some damage, tide marks and dye run. Related to sketch books in DC 089/1/2. This item was damaged in the fire in GSA's Mackintosh Building on 23rd May 2014. Textile conservation will be undertaken in 2019.

DC 089/1/1/2    Abstract line drawing in grey, powder blue, rust red and orange; GSA

3 repeats. Cotton. Multiple processes. Tide marks and bleeding. Visible mould. This item was damaged in the fire in GSA's Mackintosh Building on 23rd May 2014. Textile conservation will be undertaken in 2019.

DC 089/1/1/3    Abstract line drawing with grey, powder blue, rust red and ochre; GSA

Printed cotton. This item was damaged in the fire in GSA's Mackintosh Building on 23rd May 2014. Textile conservation will be undertaken in 2019.

DC 089/1/1/4    Square scarf, 1st year in Printed Textile Department; GSA, 1979

Printed silk.

DC 089/1/1/5    Sample fashion textile for fashion show, 3rd year Printed Textile Department; GSA, 1980

Printed silk.

Reference: DC 089/1/1
Extent: 5 items.

Creator(s):

Taylor, Fraser

Subject(s):

Design (arts) - Painting - Printing - Scotland, UK - Textiles - The Glasgow School of Art

DC 089/1/2, (Series) Student papers, 1980-1981 Add to your favourites. 
Description:

DC 089/1/2/1: Printed textiles student project sketchbook, 1980-1981

Fraser Taylor student sketchbook dated 11th November 1980. Collages of preparatory designs for printed textiles. Sketchbook submitted as part of portfolio to Royal College of Art. Designs in mixed media including: gouache paint, acrylic paint, pencil, printing ink and crayon and wax on a variety of medium including newsprint, acetate, gum tape and tracing paper. Black bound sketchbook with handwritten 'Fraser Haxton Taylor'. 35 pages. Inside leaf with handwritten name and date, label of submission to Royal College of Art. First page with typed memo by James Cosgrove, tutor, outlining the project brief. Following pages include handwritten notes by Fraser Taylor annotating the sketches.

This item was damaged in the fire in GSA's Mackintosh Building on 23rd May 2014. Paper conservation took place in 2018.

DC 089/1/2/2: Printed textiles student project sketchbook, 1980

Fraser Taylor student sketchbook dated May 1980. Collages of preparatory designs for printed textiles. Sketchbook submitted as part of portfolio to Royal College of Art. Designs in mixed media including; gouache paint, acrylic paint, pencil, pen, lino printing and crayon, wax and ink on a variety of medium including newsprint, watercolour paper, cardboard and tracing photocopy paper. Black bound sketchbook. 55 pages. Inside leaf with label of submission to Royal College of Art. Following pages include handwritten notes by Fraser Taylor annotating the sketches.

This item was damaged in the fire in GSA's Mackintosh Building on 23rd May 2014. Paper conservation took place in 2018.

DC 089/1/2/3: Printed textiles student project sketchbook, c1980

Fraser Taylor student sketchbook for student project 'Torn Posters'. Collages of preparatory designs for printed textiles. Sketchbook submitted as part of portfolio to Royal College of Art. Designs in mixed media including; gouache paint, acrylic paint, pencil, pen, printing ink. crayon, spray paint and ink on a variety of medium including newsprint, watercolour paper, cardboard, acetate and tracing photocopy paper. Several pages include designs using butterfly pins, paper clips, string and luggage tags. Black bound sketchbook. 72 pages. Inside leaf with label of submission to Royal College of Art. Following pages include handwritten notes by Fraser Taylor annotating the sketches.

This item was damaged in the fire in GSA's Mackintosh Building on 23rd May 2014. Paper conservation took place in 2018.

DC 089/1/2/4 Loose selection of student paper sketches, collages and textile samples, 1979-1981

Fraser Taylor student sketches and collages for various student projects experimenting with media. Collages of preparatory designs for printed textiles of various media including layers of tissue papers, glassine paper, foam pieces, tracing paper with crayon, inks, dyes and mono print. Textile samples of figure studies with gouache paint, ink and collage areas in various medium. Designs for printed textiles in acrylic and pen on paper with areas of collage. Sketches of landscape and figure studies, pencil, charcoal, chalk, crayon, glue, acrylic and watercolour on paper. With hand written titles, dates and notes. 44 sheets various dimensions varying from 296 x 210 mm to 740 x 555 mm. Some mounted on card. The items are very fragile detachment of with some collaged elements, flaking of the friable media such as gouache and acrylic paints.

Some of this material was damaged in the fire in GSA's Mackintosh Building on 23rd May 2014. Paper conservation took place in 2018. Textile conservation will be undertaken in 2019.

Arrangement: As found.
Extent: 67 items.
Reference: DC 089/1/2
Custodial History: Some items in DC 089/2/2 added August 2018 from accession JAC/241.

Creator(s):

Taylor, Fraser

Subject(s):

Design (arts) - Painting - Printing - Scotland, UK - Sketchbooks - Textiles - The Glasgow School of Art

DC 089/1/3, (Series) Images, 1976-1981 Add to your favourites. 
Arrangement: As found.
Extent: 128 items.
Reference: DC 089/1/3

Creator(s):

Taylor, Fraser

Subject(s):

Design (arts) - Painting - Photographs - Printing - Scotland, UK - Textiles - The Glasgow School of Art

DC 089/1/3/1, (Folder) Photographs, 1976-1981 Add to your favourites. 
Description:

DC 089/1/3/1/1: Punk performance, c1976

Singer in leopard print trousers and facepaint, dancers behind. Audience seated and standing. Possibly GSA students union. Verso: 'Frank McEwan Printed Textiles 1976-?' Black and white photograph, landscape.

DC 089/1/3/1/2: Punk performance with model, c1976

Singer in leopard print trousers and facepaint, with model wearing garment possibly by Fraser Taylor. Possibly GSA students union. Verso: 'Frank McEwan Printed Textiles 1976 ?' Black and white photograph, landscape.

DC 089/1/3/1/3: First year students on Renfew Street, 1977-1978

Verso: GSA 1977/8 Photograph by Gerry Kelly, 1st Year. Fraser Taylor, Morag Ross, Robert McCann, Lis Martin. Black and white photograph, landscape.

DC 089/1/3/1/4: Robert McCann drawing in studio, 1978

Verso: 'Robert McCann 1st Year GSA 1978 photograph by Gerry Kelly. Black and white photograph, landscape.

DC 089/1/3/1/5: Fraser Taylor drawing in studio, 1978

Verso: 'Fraser Taylor 1st Year GSA 1978 photograph by Gerry Kelly. Black and white photograph, landscape.

DC 089/1/3/1/6: Morag Ross drawing in studio, 1978

Verso: 'Morag Ross 1st Year GSA 1978 photograph by Gerry Kelly. Black and white photograph, landscape.

DC 089/1/3/1/7: David Band drawing in studio, 1978

Verso: 'David Band 1st Year GSA 1978 photograph by Gerry Kelly. Black and white photograph, landscape.

DC 089/1/3/1/8: Student fashion show in Mackintosh Lecture Theatre.

Model in pink jumpsuit and jacket, compare in white jacket. Mackintosh light fixture visible. Colour photograph.

DC 089/1/3/1/9: Student fashion show in Mackintosh Lecture Theatre.

Model in transparent black dress. Mackintosh mirror visible. Colour photograph.

DC 089/1/3/10: Fraser Taylor graduation photograph, 1981

Fraser Taylor in graduation robes with his degree show. Colour photograph.

DC 089/1/3/12a-I Student Fashion shoot, 1979

Fashion photographs of garments made at GSA by Fraser Taylor worn by female and male models. White dress with linear pattern, black dress with shoulder details, trouser with leather details and shoulder padding. Black and white photographs, portrait. 9 photographs.

DC 089/1/3/13a-c Student Fashion shoot, 1979

Fashion photographs of garments made at GSA by Fraser Taylor worn by female and male models. Trousers with leather details, shoulder padding and straps in fabric tape. Black and white photographs, landscape. 3 photographs.

DC 089/1/3/14a-b Student Fashion show, 1979

Fashion show of garments in DC 089/1/3/13. Black and white photographs, portrait. 3 photographs.

DC 089/1/3/15 Model fashion portrait, white dress, 1980

Fashion photographs of model in white dress and gloves made at GSA by Fraser Taylor. Possibly in Mackintosh Building. Black and white photograph, portrait.

DC 089/1/3/16 Model fashion portrait, white shirt, 1980

Fashion photograph of model in white sleeveless shirt and trousers. Colour photograph, portrait.

DC 089/1/3/17 Student fashion show, 1980

Fashion show of printed dresses with hanging fabric backdrop. Colour photograph, portrait.

DC 089/1/3/18a-l Student fashion show, 1980

Fashion show of printed dresses in DC 089/1/3/17 with hanging fabric and chicken wire backdrop. Black and white gloss photographs, portrait and landscape. 12 photographs.

DC 089/1/3/19a-c Model fashion portraits, pierrot, 1980

Fashion portraits of pierrot style design, 2 different models and locations. Possible Alexander ‘Greek’ Thompson building. Colour photographs, portrait and landscape. 3 photographs.

Arrangement: As found.
Reference: DC 089/1/3/1
Extent: 43 items.
Related Material: Other material relating to the fashion shows can be found at DC 093.

Creator(s):

Taylor, Fraser

Subject(s):

Design (arts) - Fashion shows - Photographs - Printing - Scotland, UK - Textiles - The Glasgow School of Art

DC 089/1/3/2, (Folder) Slides, 1978-1981 Add to your favourites. View associated digital content. 
Description: Slides of GSA student work; fabric details and pages of sketchbooks. Also includes documentation of garments.
Extent: 85 items.
Reference: DC 089/1/3/2
Arrangement: By material type.

Subject(s):

Design (arts) - Fashion - Fashion shows - Photographs - Scotland, UK - Textiles - The Glasgow School of Art

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