Gallery Talk - Marian Clayden: The Life and Work of a Celebrated Artist Dyer

Taking place at

Aberdeen City & Shire


3 Jul


In celebration of our fabulous exhibition - Marian Clayden: Dressing up Drum - Drum has invited Mary Schoeser, a freelance historian and leading authority in the field of textiles, to present a series of talks on this most exceptional designer and her inimitable legacy.

This evening talk will focus on Clayden's background, her work on the musical Hair and her recognition as one of the foremost artist-dyers in what was the new era of art textiles, beloved by celebrities throughout the 1980s and 1990s. 

Visitors can enjoy a glass of bubbly in Drum Castle's exquisite Drawing Room before being taken on a brief tour of the historic castle, culminating in Mary's talk and a private viewing of the exhibition. 

Visitors should arrive at 6pm for drinks and the castle tour, with the talk commencing at 7pm. Pre-booking is essential.


About the speaker:

A predominantly freelance historian since 1991, Mary Schoeser MA FRSA has written many diverse publications (26 books, over 50 essays in books and over 120 shorter pieces), which include Textiles: A concise history (T&H: 2003), Silk  (Yale University Press, 2007) and Textiles: The art of mankind (Thames & Hudson, 2012 and 2013).

For nine years in the 1980s Mary was the Archivist for Warner & Sons and thereafter a consultant archivist to numerous firms. Her knowledge of British manufacturers extends to a sound understanding of textile and wallpaper production itself. This has facilitated restoration work with English Heritage, the National Trust and other historic property owners and has also informed 36 curatorial projects, currently an Orla Kiely exhibition for the Fashion & Textile Museum (25 May–23 September 2018).

Extensive academic experience included a part-time research position at Central Saint Martins (2000–11) and receipt in 2016 of an Honorary Senior Research Fellowship from the V&A Museum. President of the Textile Society, she is also Patron of the School of Textiles, Coggeshall.


Dates & Times

Tuesday 3 July