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The Craft of Travel: Maiwa on the Road

  • Net Loft Building #6-1666 johnston St Vancouver BC V6H 3S2 Canada (map)

With Charllotte Kwon and Tim McLaughlin

$15 - Doors open at 7:30

In 2016 Maiwa turned thirty. During those thirty years, owner Charllotte Kwon has made more than one hundred journeys to meet craftspeople and trade directly with artisans. Sometimes she has travelled alone and sometimes she has travelled with journalists, authors, fellow craftspeople, or Maiwa staff.

Join us for this highly visual edition of the Threads Lecture. Charllotte will recount the early challenges of working on the road, how artisan life has changed in the thirty years she has been travelling, and what motivates her to continue to seek out remote villages and craftspeople.

This lecture will feature some of our most recent video footage, shot in HD during the last months of 2016. Highlights of that trip include the Maiwa Foundation’s goal of distributing copies of Textiles of the Banjara to the women who participated in the book.

As is customary during the evening of the Threads Lecture, everything in the main Maiwa store will be discounted by 20% with 100% of the sales going directly to the Maiwa Foundation.

Charllotte will also teach a workshop with Sophena Kwon.


Charllotte Kwon is the owner of Maiwa Handprints Ltd. and the director of the Maiwa Foundation. Through Maiwa, Charllotte also runs a textile archive and research library located on Granville Island. Under her direction Maiwa has produced four documentary films and a number of print publications. She also guides Maiwa’s substantial web presence.

Charllotte travels extensively each year to research handcraft and to supplement her natural dye research. Always looking to extend natural dye use, she also teaches dyeing workshops with artisans around the world and has planned a series of natural dye master classes to bring exceptional practising artisans together.

Tim McLaughlin 

In partnership with Charllotte Kwon and Maiwa Handprints, Tim documents artisan communities and advocates for the importance and continuation of traditional craft and culture. This collaboration provides the moment to take photographic work into new areas and to work on larger projects. Most recently, Charllotte and Tim worked together to produce Textiles of the Banjara: Cloth and Culture of a Wandering Tribe Thames and Hudson, 2016.

In 2014 his book Portraits Found and Taken was awarded second in the PX3 Paris Photo Prize. 

Over twenty-five years Tim has been active in experimental radio, hypertext fiction (he is included in the Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada), graphic design, book production, and documentary film.

Earlier Event: October 27
ISLAMIC GEOMETRIC DESIGN 3-Day
Later Event: October 30
ENCAUSTIC MINIMALIST