2018 Lectures & Events
Joy Boutrup is a textile engineer, chemist, and historian from Denmark. Catharine Ellis is a textile artist from North Carolina who specializes in combining weaving and dyeing. They first met at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and, despite living on different continents, they have worked and taught collaboratively for many years.
Sue Stone is a British artist who is best known for her figurative compositions that are both constructed textiles and poignant illustrations. Her work often features a fish, a symbol of her heritage (she is the daughter of a Grimsby fish merchant and a seamstress/tailor). Sue is a storyteller whose compositions combine multiple images of people, places, and times, alluding to a journey through life.
Join inveterate textile collector, traveller, and author John Gillow as he recounts this fascinating story. John will trace the paths over land and across the sea (collectively known as the Silk Route) whereby silk was brought to the West. He will also take us eastward, following silks to Japan and Korea.
Like all great arts, textiles recreate our vision of the world. We hold them up as exemplars of skill, ingenuity, creativity, and ambition. Textiles are poetic metaphors woven from ideas just as much as they are physical items woven from fibres.
Join Rachel Meginnes as she chronicles the making of her work and the development of her career from weaver to artist. Having recently completed a series of work which repurposes the inside cotton battings of vintage quilts into contemporary paintings for the wall, Rachel shares with us her deconstructive, mixed media processes while discussing her beliefs in artistic growth and vulnerability.
The lecture will explain the spirit of boro — making the most of what one has in a resource-strapped world — and show creative examples of how to incorporate it into modern life using fabric waste. Recognizing the independent soul and spirit that resides in every individual garment and piece of fabric, Shunji will explain how to apply a humorous, tongue-in-cheek approach to up-cycling.
Indigo Sutra took place in Kolkata, India, in November 2017. Maiwa participated with the key goal of encouraging artisan dyers to use natural rather than synthetic indigo and, where possible, to switch to an eco-friendly organic vat.In this lecture Charllotte and Tim will outline the history of indigo cultivation in India and explain the forces that are working to de-skill artisans who work with this legendary blue dye
Using a rare hand-weaving technique called ondulé, Amy Putansu maneuvers threads out of the strict grid and into wave-like patterns and lines. Inspired by the raw beauty of the northern Atlantic coast where she was born and raised, Amy’s work revolves around ocean and nautical themes.
“Join me and the Maiwa team as we gather around a collection of cauldrons. You’ll receive a bag with a pashmina wool 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.