Love the blues? Get the backstory on the making of the 2011 documentary “Blue Alchemy: Stories of Indigo” by filmmaker (and SDA Member) Mary Lance. See snapshots of her journey all over the globe to gather the big picture of indigo’s history and use – past and present.
Whether or not you use looping techniques to express your ideas, you’ll enjoy this glimpse of those who do. Let knitter (and SDA Area Representative from MA) Adrienne Sloane take you to a recent international confab in the UK, where she encountered lots of local color – along with some knitting royalty.
Gail Martin Gallery recently celebrated 40 years of educating an international audience about the aesthetic value of textiles. From her NYC base, Martin curated major shows of Central Asian ikat and embroidery but also kept expanding her expertise to other areas – including contemporary artists working in textile media. NYC writer Lois Martin gives the backstory on this fine arts influencer here.
From gowns with lace trim that took 3 months to make to lace experiments in monofilament, Europe is the place for lace – both “traditional” and contemporary. Let UK lacemaker/author (& SDA member) Jane Atkinson take you along as she and a friend hit last summer’s continental “networking” events.
Weave A Real Peace (WARP) started out as a get-together of textile lovers and grew into a group of textile activists. Find out how they support textile arts and artisans around the world – and offer tips for textile travel – from WARP (and SDA) Member Sara Goodman.
The American Batik Design Competition was conceived as “soft diplomacy” to “allow people of other cultures to incorporate it into their culture and come up with something new.” Over 100 designs by artists & designers from 18 states were submitted. SDA member Kelly Cobb’s design was among them – and it won her the grand prize!
Textile artist & traveler Christina Conklin came home with a creative epiphany well worth the price of the journey to 8ISS at the end of 2011. Experience some Hong Kong highlights in her take on the unprecedented event & exhibitions.
With strictly-enforced spending minimums & itineraries, Bhutan is no traveler’s paradise – but it does value its weavers & hand-crafts. In her last post as SDA student rep, Kaino Hopper shares textile highlights from her recent visit to the Land of Gross National Happiness.
Let this travelogue by Carolyn Kallenborn transport you on a virtual vacation to Oaxaca, Mexico. Footage of exuberant dancers in technicolor textiles is a must-see – as is her documentary “Woven Lives/Vidas Entretejidas”.