Friday, 7 March 2008


Sampler 1– n. a piece of embroidery worked in various stitches as a specimen of proficiency (often displayed on a wall etc). OF essamplaire (as Exemplar)

Sampler 2 - n. a person who samples

Ref: Oxford Concise Dictionary 8th edition 1990

My second post, so I thought i'd explain a little bit more about the project. I have two real passions in life – textiles and music. Very seldom do those different worlds meet. It's very rare that I can have a conversation with someone in the textile field about an obscure 70’s funk break, or the joys of a piece of 18th century embroidery with my dj friends. They are indeed very different cultures filled largely with very different people.

Sampler is an attempt to bring those two cultures together – to see what might happen when these two cultures clash. The word Sampler is common to both cultures, but has different definitions and understanding depending on which culture you occupy.

When you think of a textile sampler you think of

From the V&A's Sampler Collection

When you think of a music sampler you think of

the iconic AKAI MPC 2000

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