The talk will look at Cypriot textiles – techniques, materials, patterns and uses, and the importance of dowry textiles, part of a Folk art tradition which experienced a decline from around the middle of the 20th century.

Mary Spyrou comments  ‘I am a second generation London born Cypriot, brought up surrounded by a community involved in the garment industry and tailoring. But it is the heritage textiles of diverse societies, which I first saw, housed in museums that grew my interest and passion for hand crafted textiles. 

Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1984 I have worked in education as a lecturer and textile artist.  I have exhibited my works in a variety of venues, including RIBA, The Art Workers Guild and The Oxford Gallery.’

Talks are held at the St. James Conference Room, 197 Piccadilly W1J 9LL London.    The Conference Room entrance is within the corner of Church Place and Piccadilly at a wrought iron gate signed ‘Church Hall Conference Room’ leading down iron stairs below street level. Doors open from 6.0 pm.  Drinks and snacks are served. Both Green Park and Piccadilly tube stations are a short walk away.   Free parking in St James Square and Jermyn Street after 6.30 pm  Non-members welcome to attend for £7 a single lecture,  Students £5. Membership of one year for 11 events at £20,   www.orientalrugandtextilesociety.org.uk