Eija Koski "Order of Space" (detail)

Textile Talks

SDA and 5 other fiber organizations have joined forces to present Textile Talks, online lecture series you can enjoy from home.

Content in Textile Talks is intended for personal educational and inspirational purposes. If you would like to use a presentation for a group, please contact the presenting organization.

Textile Talks features weekly presentations and panel discussions from SDA, the International Quilt Museum, Modern Quilt Guild, Quilt Alliance, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, and Studio Art Quilt Associates.

When: Online at 2 p.m. Eastern (11 a.m. Pacific) on Wednesdays

Preregistration is required and recordings are available (playlist below).

Upcoming Talks

July 7, 2021 – Crafting with Technology: Nithikul Nimkulrat, Olivia Valentine, and Lee Jones (Moderated by Khadija Aziz)

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Registration via zoom required

Khadija Aziz will moderate a talk with Nithikul Nimkulrat, Olivia Valentine, and Lee Jones. How does the collaboration between hand and machine contribute to the potential of crafts? What does it mean to make the digital tangible? Sponsored by Surface Design Association, this webinar will introduce textile artists and designers who use technology and digital tools to investigate modes of communication, materiality, and traditional craft techniques.

Dr. Nithikul Nimkulrat (she/her) intertwines research with textile practice, focusing on experiential knowledge in craft processes. She is an Associate Professor in Material Art & Design and current Acting Chair at OCAD University. Dr. Nimkulrat’s talk will explore transforming analogue form into digital using a range of techniques: 3D scanning, CAD, Virtual Reality (VR), 3D printing, and slip casting. The exploration seeks to broaden our understanding of the maker’s role within the capabilities and limitations of digital interface and fabrication.

Olivia Valentine (she/her) is a visual artist working in textile construction, drawing, and photography, as well as collaborative projects that span a variety of media and disciplines. Olivia will discuss her long-term collaboration with composer and sound artist Paula Matthusen “between systems and grounds” – now in its second incarnation utilizing a customized AVL Compudobby loom and a variety of web-streaming platforms.

Lee Jones(she/her) is a PhD student at the Creative Interactions Lab at Carleton University. In her research, she uses participatory design and creates easy-to-use toolkits so that individuals can build prototypes and have a say in the direction of their own technologies. Lee will discuss how e-textiles (electronic textiles) can shift the focus on how individuals can be makers and designers of their own technologies.

Khadija Aziz (she/her), moderator, investigates image-making with textiles using manipulation, experimentation, and the ever-shifting nature of cloth. Her process-based practice bridges the gaps between textile-making techniques and digital technologies.

Registration via zoom required

Recordings of Previous Talks

SDA Talks

All Textile Talks

The following is a playlist featuring all of the previous Textile Talks. Pressing play will begin the most current talk or you can click the hamburger button (icon of three horizontal lines) near the upper right of the video to select a specific video from the playlist.

Thank you to our Textile Talks Sponsors!