Lecture
Sep
6
7:45 pm19:45

Woven Symbols, Global Patterns

  • Net Loft Building

Join textile artists Sara Goodman and Mary Zicafoose for a joint lecture exploring weaving, pattern, long-distance collaboration, and ethical production.

Even though Sara and Mary live hundreds of miles apart, they often come together to collaborate on both artistic projects and organizational ones, such as the Goodweave Foundation (an NGO whose mission is to stop child labour in the carpet industry).

Sep
7
7:45 pm19:45

A Tenuous Balance: Sculptural Textiles

  • Net Loft Building

Mo Kelman’s work sits at the juncture of architecture and engineering: in a place where sculpture and textiles meet. Lashing together frameworks with wire and fibre, Mo creates skeletons that she covers with skins of handmade paper, shibori patterned cloth, or mesh.

Sep
12
7:45 pm19:45

Inspired by Our Strange Society

  • Net Loft Building

Tilleke Schwarz hails from The Netherlands where she stitches visually poetic “maps of modern life.” In its engagement with contemporary life, her work is reminiscent of graffiti. But unlike graffiti, her work is hand-embroidered with very fine stitches and striking colours.

Sep
14
7:45 pm19:45

The Art of Ajrakh

  • Net Loft Building

Join Jabbar Khatri and his son Adam Khatri as they explain what it is to practice a craft that goes back over ten generations. Jabbar’s father could sell his block prints in the local market, but Jabbar and Adam now deal with corporate clients and international exhibitions — new challenges in a fast-changing world.

Oct
10
7:45 pm19:45

Inspired Displacement: Translating Travel into Textiles

  • Net Loft Building

Curiosity. Serendipity. Intent. Chance. These are the elements of life, artistic practice, and travel. A journey, with its goals, challenges, and epiphanies, can often stand as the central analogy for what an artisan is seeking in their daily studio work. Travel itself can be the experience that drives our artistic motion.

Oct
18
7:45 pm19:45

The Marlinespike: Roped into Art

  • Net Loft Building

Tim Whitten practices a fibre art known as Marlinespike Ropework: a collection of techniques with origins based on the use of a marlinespike­—a pointed and tapered iron tool anywhere from six to thirty inches in length.

Join Tim as he speaks about the art of rope production, fancy knotwork, and the culture of maritime seafaring that gave birth to these arts and then provided the conditions under which they flourished.

Oct
19
7:45 pm19:45

Kantha Quilts of Bengal

  • Net Loft Building

John Gillow has recently written the catalogue for the forthcoming kantha exhibition at the Mingei International Museum, San Diego. For more than forty years John has travelled the world and collected, exhibited, and sold textiles. He is recognized internationally as a leading lecturer and author. The list of publications to his credit is longer than most running stitches. 

Oct
28
7:45 pm19:45

The Craft of Travel: Maiwa on the Road

  • Net Loft Building

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.