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.
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.
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.
Join author Eric Broug as he leads us through the extraordinary microcosm of Medieval Cairo. Eric will explore some of the basic principles that underlay this design heritage before moving on to demonstrate what was unique and exceptional about geometric design during the Mamluk Sultanate.
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.
For the past two years Sophena Kwon has been conducting her groundbreaking Indigo Socials. Combining shaped-resist techniques with the magic of an indigo vat, Sophena has turned a whole new audience on to the power of making.
For this special collaborative event, Sophena is joined by veteran dyers Jabbar and Adam Khatri. East meets West in this unique variation on the Indigo Social theme.
Makiko Tada has been researching and teaching kumihimo braiding for five decades. This distinguished designer combines her engineering expertise and her passion for braiding to create innovative accessories and wearables.
“Join me and the Maiwa team as we gather around a collection of cauldrons. You’ll receive a bag with a silk scarf, some string, and something sturdy to tie your bundle around. I’ll guide you through the process and then...while our bundles simmer, there will be stories to share, and we will fold the instruction sheet into a tiny book.