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10th Annual Carol Walter Sinton Program for Craft Art: "Kala Raksha: From Cultural Identity to Intellectual Property," with Judy Frater

Rabari embroidered blouse, Judy Frater
June 29, 2013 -

The Textile Arts Council presents a lecture by Judy Frater.

Kutch is a desert "island" in northwest India, surrounded by the salt march Rann and the Arabian Sea. Here, a rich range of distinctive textile traditions have thrived until today. Kala Raksha, a grass roots social enterprise co-founded by Judy Frater, has worked with weavers, block printers, bandhani artisans and especially embroiderers of Kutch for two decades to nurture their creative capacity.

Lecture: "Textiles: Around the World in 80 Roundels," with Mary Schoeser

Coptic tapestry, V&A
May 18, 2013 -

The Textile Arts Council presents a lecture by Mary Schoeser.

This lecture follows a trail that begins with Egyptian shen rings and ends with contemporary British textiles—taking in the world of textiles along the way. An element of woven silks, lush embroideries, shawls, carpets, and costumes, the roundel design is shown to be an enduring and meaningful pattern that also was used by members of the Arts & Crafts Movement, including Walter Crane and May Morris, as well as by many American quilt makers.

Lecture: "Political Threads: A Personal History," with Consuelo Jimenez Underwood

Consuelo Jimenez Underwood, Undocumented Border Flower
April 20, 2013 -

The Textile Arts Council presents local fiber artist Consuelo Jimenez Underwood.

Empowered by the voices of her indigenous maternal ancestors, artist Consuelo Jimenez Underwood refocused her early studies from the paintbrush and pigments to needle and thread. Fiber techniques resulted in artwork that she describes as an external validation of ancestral memory and personal quest: “When I weave, sew, or embellish, the old ones seem to express their encouragement and support of my creations.”


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