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Thursday 14 December 2017 18:30 - 20:00

The Spindle of Necessity & the Colour White

Short listed for the 2017 MA Dissertation Prize

The talk will extract and discuss an aspect from my dissertation which centres around the drop spindle, placing particular focus on the spindle in motion, introducing possible cosmological connotations and unpacking the notion of the Spindle of Necessity.

Spinning Goddesses are often depicted holding a drop spindle. By making reference to images and texts of mythological women engaged in spinning, the presentation will seek to draw analogies with the Weisse Frauen, the White Women found in European folklore and storytelling.

Morag Feeney-Beaton

The symbolic attribute of the colour white will be discussed under the prism of classical ballet, where the dancer herself, when performing in a tutu, is arguably a physical embodiment of the Spindle of Necessity.

Followed by...
Wine and Cheese discussion (BYO Wine and Cheese)

Morag Feeney-Beaton graduated with distinction from the Masters programme in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology through the Sophia Centre at the University of Wales Trinity St.David. Her research focuses upon textiles, more specifically upon the cosmology within the creation of textiles, and is particularly directed to what she calls 'the anthropology of the everyday', about how ritual and symbolic elements are manifested within daily life. Her background is costume and theatre, and she is in charge of the Fabric Stockroom at the Royal Opera House in London.

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