The late 19th-century arts and crafts movement in Britain and Ireland with a particular focus upon the production and consumption of textiles, and the cultural history of craft specifically as related to cottage industries.
Janice Helland’s research focuses on the production and consumption of hand-crafted textiles in nineteenth-century Britain and Ireland, and the cultural history/ material culture of cottage crafts. She also explores the relationship between craft and fashion, which has resulted in the single-authored book, British and Irish Home Arts and Industries 1880-1914: Marketing Craft, Making Fashion (2007) plus a number of journal articles and book chapters including: ‘Philanthropic Fashion: Ireland, 1887-1897’, Costume (2014); ‘The Craft and Design of Dressmaking, 1880-1900’ The Routledge Companion to Design Studies (2016); ‘A Gift of Lace: Queen Mary’s Coronation Train’, Textile History (2019). Additionally, she developed an interest in the relationship between benevolence and historical fair trade while working on her co-edited volume, Craft, Community and the Material Culture of Place and Politics, 19th-20th Century (2014). This direction resulted articles and book chapters and, most recently, in her participation in a UK-based project, ‘Humanitarian Handicrafts: Materiality, Development and Fair Trade, A Re-Evaluation’, the outcome of which will be an edited volume (forthcoming MUP). Recently published book chapters interrogated relationships between textile art, politics and suffrage (2018 and 2019), and relationships between craft and heritage (2021).
- ARTH 410*/0.5 - Studies in the History of Textiles and Dress: Textiles as Material Culture 3S
Craft, Space and Interior Design, 1855-2005.
Professional Women Painters in Nineteenth-Century Scotland
British and Irish Home Arts and Industries
Woman Artists and the Decorative Arts
Craft, Community and the Material Culture of Place and Politics