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Adventures in World Textiles - Day 1

  • Maiwa Loft #6-1666 Johnston Street Vancouver, BC, V6H 3S2 Canada (map)

With John Gillow

$150 [Includes $30 lab fee] - Class limit 16. Oct 28 (Mon) 10am-3pm.

For the past two years these workshops have sold out immediately. John has graciously agreed to offer them again this year.

John Gillow, author and lecturer, has been combing the world for more than 40 years researching and collecting folk textiles. The fruits of his labour will be made available in three sessions, giving the participants a unique opportunity to view, handle, and study textiles from his wide-ranging collection. Many of these textiles will also be for sale.

Usually such textiles are only to be seen within the context of a museum, where they are kept under glass or held in deep storage. John will talk about the individual textiles, the techniques used in their construction, and their social, cultural, and historical context. In addition, John will elaborate on where and when he collected them, giving insight into the characters of the individuals who led him to each piece or who actually made it. The textiles will serve as tactile markers from which John will weave anecdotes from a lifetime of travel.

These workshops may be taken alone or in combination.

Countries and regions covered in Day 1 are - West Asia: Turkey, Syria, Arabia, Iran, Afghanistan, Central Asia, and Pakistan.

John joins us from the U.K.

Supply List PDF

John Gillow

John 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. 

Earlier Event: October 25
The Art of Embroidery
Later Event: October 29
Adventures in World Textiles - Day 2