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mini lectures by ETN members
Mon, 29th July, 17:30 - 19:00
17:30 – 17:40
The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection (HLATC - Amanda Thatch, University of Wisconsin, USA
The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection (HLATC) at the University of Wisconsin—Madison contains over 13.000 textile objects that are available for research and study. The HLATC, housed in the School of Human Ecology where the Fashion and Textiles programs are taught, also hosts a range of textile-related programming, including exhibitions and symposia. This networking session will introduce the HLATC, along with its associated galleries and digital resources, so that textile artists and scholars from all over the world are more aware of this remarkable resource, and can potentially partner with the HLATC to support textile projects of all kinds.
17:40 – 17:50
The 11th Edition of Valcellina Award and the New Book "FIBER ART 20th year of Valcellina Award” - Barbara Girardi, IT
The Valcellina Award, whose 11th edition will shortly be activated, is the International Contemporary Textile/Fiber Art Competition open to young fiber-artists. This event - the most important initiative organized by Le Arti Tessili - is organized for the purpose of enhancing the interest in the contemporary textile art among young artists under 35 years of age, encouraging new talents, and stimulating artistic research and experimentation. The project activates important collaborations between educational institutions, association, textile companies and public institutions.
After one year of work, the new book "Fiber Art 20th year of Valcellina Award" by Le Arti Tessili Association is ready to be presented to the international audience of the ETN meeting.
17:50 – 18:00
Weaving and Textile Design Studio in Tuscany - Anna Silberschmidt, Studio Aphorisma, CH/IT
Studio Aphorisma is a weaving and textile design studio in the countryside between Florence and Siena in Italy. We organize courses in textiles and colour design on a regular basis. From next year we will have a guest atelier and offer residences for weavers and textile artists who would like to work on a textile project in our studio. There will also be a scholarship for students interested in research in the field of weaving and textile art.
18:00 – 18:10
European Wool - Marie-Thérèse Chaupin, Association ATELIER-Laines d’Europe, FR
Some European sheep breeders are now taking in hand the future of the wool of their flocks. New wool yarns and products were developed in the last years, from the clip to the cloth, origin guaranteed, processed in Europe. Interesting examples exist in France, Italy, Spain, UK, Germany or Sweden. Building cooperations between the breeders and the processors is one of the aims of the network ATELIER-Laines d’Europe. Together we are working for new ways for supporting breeders, environment, social and ethical working conditions, and to make new materials available for creation, for artists and craft people.
18:10 – 18:20
Fiber Art Installations and the Weaving Workshop at the Saint Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design - Natalia Tsvetkova, Saint Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design, RU
Natalia Tsvetkova talks about her fiber art installations that refer to ecological ideas. She uses “waste” (polyethylene, wire) & recycled materials to create “natural” objects such as trees, leaves, flowers, butterflies from VERY UNNATURAL materials, but traditional textile technologies as hand loom weaving, sewing, knitting etc. Her works can be presented not only in exhibition halls, but also in nature, and they were already shown on different exhibitions in Russia, Canada, China etc.
Natalia Tsvetkova is also working as an associate professor in the Saint Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design, Textile Art Department from 1999 till present. In 1999 she organized the hand loom weaving workshop with the concept of making 3-D textile forms & installations. Beside her own work she will present examples of her students´ works using this idea.
18:20 – 18:30
The Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art - Huang Yan and Assadour Markarov, School of Public Art and Sculpture in Hangzhou, CN
The First and Second edition of the Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art took place in 2013 and 2016. Ms. Huang Yan and Assadour Markarov will introduce the whole project “Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art, China”. They will describe the venues of the exhibition - Zhejiang Art Museum, China National Silk Museum and Museum of China Academy of Art in Hangzhou and will explain the themes, concept and the idea of the Triennials as well as artists who took part. At the end they will talk about the future of the 3rd Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art of 2019, with its title - “Boundless Encounters” - directions and new approaches.
18:30 – 18:40
The Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile (CHAT) - Paola Sinisterra, HK
The Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile (CHAT) is part of the heritage conservation project of The Mills, the former cotton spinning mills of Nan Fung Textiles in Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong. Through CHAT’s own curated multi-faceted programmes including exhibitions and co-learning programmes, we invite visitors to experience the legacy of Hong Kong's textile industry and engage in new dialogues and inspirational journeys that interweave contemporary art, design, science, heritage, community and craftsmanship.
Paying homage to the progressive energy of Hong Kong’s textile industry in the past, CHAT tells the stories of Hong Kong’s textile industrial history and beyond, challenges the conventional meanings of textile arts and presents myriad interpretations of textile material and subject matters.
CHAT is an art centre that weaves creative experiences for all.
18:40 – 18:50
The Tana Art University in Tokyo - Yuka Kawai, JP
details will follow
18:50 – 19:00
The International Shibori Symposium in Japan - Hiroko Watanabe, JP and/or Lala de Dios, ES
details will follow
Wed, 31st July, 15:50 - 17:00
15:50 – 16:00
World of Wearable Art - Susan T. Avila, University of California, Davis, USA
Wow!! That is the typical reaction one has after seeing the World of Wearable Art (WOW) performance in Wellington, New Zealand. This annual competition blurs the boundaries between fashion, art, and costume. Unlike other wearable art exhibitions or fashion shows, WOW is more than just a visual event. Music, lighting, and choreography provide a dynamic, narrative thread for a performance extravaganza where the body is a moving armature for textile art. As a 2018 finalist, I participated in this remarkable event; in this networking session, I will share my experience and introduce several of the WOW artists and designers.
16:00 – 16:10
Indigo: Time Made Visible - Linda Brassington, artist, researcher and lecturer, UK
The traditions of indigo dyeing represent a ‘Garden of Eden’ in the world of textiles. My research is examining intangible cultural heritage in contrasting sites of practice in Central Europe and Japan. It is questioning how traces of past activity are revealed in the workshop, how empty space can capture a sense of lacunae as a hiatus in time, a point between the past and the present. This presentation reflects on the vulnerability of craft, and demonstrates how a ‘paradise’ of textile heritage can become a ‘desert’, a microcosm of memory embedded in the surface and structure of its buildings.
Linda Brassingtons practice is focused on indigo in resist-dyed and printed textiles. Following an extensive career in art and design education at the University for the Creative Arts at Farnham, she is undertaking practice-based doctoral research in resist dyeing, exploring metaphorical and performance meanings in modern and contemporary cloth. Her work has been exhibited worldwide.
16:10 – 16:20
The Aural Textiles Project - Cally Booker, UK
Textile design typically takes inspiration from visual cues to the detriment of our other senses. Here we will describe how textile practitioners from across Scotland have been working with scientists and researchers to develop new woven, knitted and screen printed textiles inspired by the sounds around us. The work of the Aural Textiles collective culminated in an exhibition in Forres, Scotland, and has now evolved across countries and into other (non-textile) disciplines. In this presentation, we will share information about the process and outcomes, and invite discussion of these.
16:20 – 16:30
Future Bio-Arctic Design Project (F.BAD) - Ritva Jääskeläinen & Jenni-Liisa Yliniva, University of Lapland, FI
F.BAD project combines natural sciences (Natural Resources Institute Finland), technology (University of Applied Sciences Lapland) and textile design (University of Lapland). We search for natural, non-toxic alternatives as well as harmful, synthetic chemicals used in the textile production and aim to create naturally smart textile prototypes, with e.g. insect repellent properties. We experiment with Jacquard-weaving, knitting, natural dyeing, digital and screen printing to combine plant-based active ingredients, like aromatic oils, from Northern Finland with textiles. Design of textile prototypes is inspired by Arctic nature. E.g. microscopic images of the plants used for research provide interesting visual motives for weaving and printing.
16:30 – 16:40
Solo Versus Collaboration - Emelie Röndahl, weaving artist, SE
Emilie Röndahl is a weaving artist making pictorial, fluffy rya tapestries. For several years she has worked like many artists do; solo, in her studio at home. But during 2018 she tried a new format for her practice and invited almost 30 weavers from around the world to do rya tapestries together with her for the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial. She will tell about the experiences that came with this project, how her time turned administrative rather than creative, what time and attention she usually invests in long slow hand-weaving projects and had to be distributed in another way.
16:40 – 16:50
NTA – Visions for Nordic Textile Art Now and in the Future – Elisabeth Brenner, SE
NTA – Nordic Textile Art has since the foundation of the association in Bohuslän Sweden in 2006 worked to strengthen and expand the Nordic network so that textile artist, textile designers, curators, writers and people interested in textiles can connect. From being a primarily Swedish dominated organisation, the NTA board now is made up of members from Norway, Finland, Iceland, Denmark and Sweden. Having representatives from all of the Nordic countries has always been a goal, which has now been realized.
Meeting in person is especially important at a time when much networking takes place in the virtual world. For this reason NTA arranges a meeting/convention every year in one of the Nordic countries.
In 2017 one of NTA’s visions was realized. NTA was an important partner in a cooperative venture with the Textile Museum Borås and the European Textile Network (ETN ), in planning the international event: CROSSOVER Borås 2017, the 18th ETN Conference, a major and spectacular event for NTA, ETN and the town of Borås.
In 2018 NTA, along with other textile organisations in Europe, was invited to the conference: ‘Building Bridges’ for brainstorming about textile collaboration in Europe and the future of the ETN. An important event with discussions and brainstorming about the importance of international cooperation, including on the textile front.
The future of the NTA looks bright, with major events, exhibitions, and new events which it will have been involved in from the outset.
16:50 – 17:00
Weaving Communities - Further Growing Dunedin’s LOOM ROOM – Christine Keller, NZ
Christiane Keller started 2013 to teach loom weaving to the interested hobbyist. The first class was run with five paying people. Classes are now run in four parallel classes with between four and ten students each. Salvaged and refurbished looms from at least two New Zealand Polytechnical institutions are part of the LOOMROOM’s equipment. The loom count is above 45, students range from ages 4 to 78.
Dunedin’s LOOMROOM receives very little public funding from the Dunedin City Council and is privately run by Christiane Keller. After building her new Studio in 2018, she now has 6 floor looms installed. The independence of formal organisations while difficult at times has enormous chances to build something special. The fees are affordable; students do not work for marks but for the fun of working together, learn with and from each other and gather skills. The LOOMROOM aims at supplying the infrastructure for people to make objects and to make sense. To make work more local is part of the trend towards the aim of building a sustainable future.
"...if I believed in money as the only measure for wealth, the LoomRoom would not exist today. I believe it is time we start to measure community, environment, skill level, well being and beauty. I feel richer being part of this project."