Haptic and Hue

Textile Talks

SDA and five 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

Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 2pm ET
The Comfort of Textiles in a Time of Need
with Jo Andrews
Moderated by Amy Meissner

Hosted by Surface Design Association (SDA)

Textiles, from Teddy Bears to comfort blankets, offer children a unique form of security– one that is hard to come by in times of stress. Recent pictures from Ukraine have shown families leaving home with just what they can carry – and yet those small bundles often include soft toys. Why is this and what does it signify? Do we ever really grow out of this need, or does our desire for comfort from textiles stay with us in different forms all our days? Jo Andrews, a podcaster and writer, spent many years as a reporter and correspondent for a British television network. She currently hosts and writes a hit podcast, Haptic & Hue, on how textiles are intrinsically tied to the stories we tell. In the upcoming Textile Talk, The Comfort of Textiles in a Time of Need, she’ll offer different perspectives on how textiles impact the story of humanity.

Presenter Bios

Jo Andrews (she/her) is a weaver of stories and cloth. She spent many years as a senior reporter and political correspondent for a British television network and now weaves stories for the podcast Haptic and Hue’s Tales of Textiles which is about the chatter of cloth and the role fabric plays in our lives.

Andrews became a handweaver when she lived in New Zealand and went to night school in Wellington. In the UK she has been taught by Janet Phillips. She lives in Dorset in Britain’s West Country and weaves on 4 and 8 shaft looms. She works mainly with natural fibres: wool, linen, silk and hemp.

 Amy Meissner (she/her) combines traditional handwork, found objects and abandoned textiles to reference the literal, physical and emotional labor of women. Her background is in clothing design, illustration and creative writing, all of which combine in craft- and cloth-based work. Manipulating discarded household cloth to create 2-dimensional quilt-like forms and 3-dimensional objects serves as a cultural nod to the embroidery created by generations of Scandinavian women in her family, and confronts societal disregard and erasure of women’s handwork


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.

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