In 2007 she successfully completed a UCA-funded research trip to Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia where she visited public collections and met with curators to document their collections in relations to those of the CSC’s holdings. Jean has since delivered three public lectures; two in Stroud (Stroud International Textile Festival and The Museum in the Park) and the other for Farnham Textile Group highlighting the cultural connections between historic Balkan textiles held in public collections in the UK and evidence gathered during her research trip. She is in the process of writing up her research for an article for possible publication.
Crafts Study Centre
University for the Creative Arts
Jean Vacher’s main area of personal research has been the history, culture and identity of the Balkan people in the early part of the 20th century, viewed through their textiles. Key research methods have used material culture held in public collections including that of the Crafts Study Centre (CSC), the archives of such bodies as the Royal Institute of Anthropology and other primary and secondary sources relating to this area of interest. She would like to extend these methods to other cultures where these have been represented in the CSC’s practitioner’s reference collections.