Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Report: "Inspired Design: Jacquard & Entrepreneurial Textile Conference" (1/09)

Check out the Jan'09 issue of TextileForum (publication of ETN) for a report of the recent

"Inspired Design: Jacquard & Entrepreneurial Textile Conference"
Hendersonville, NC
Jan 7-10, 2009

or read the scanned article here

The issue holds two great articles on the jacquard event: an informative report of the Inspired Design conference and a review of the exhibition of the same name.

The conference's keynote speakers were: Joan Morris, Textile design, "The Lion King"; Grace Bonney, founder, Design*Sponge; Michele Frick, Kansas City Art Institute. The show involved 19 artists from 8 countries, with work presented in five sections: 1) Smart Textiles; 2) Performance and Interactive Textiles; 3) Boutique Clothing Textiles; 4) Exclusive Interior Textiles; and 5) Public and Private Textile Commissions.

"The organisers...were inspired by the activities undertaken by [the new jacquard production site] ‘The Oriole Mill".... It was probably visiting the mill which put the conference participants in the optimistic mood we experienced."

"Everyone knew that they were sharing an extraordinary moment in the recent history of jacquard weaving. For myself, I felt that we were witnessing the emergence of a true movement in digitised jacquard technology of the highest standard."

- conference report excerpt, Beatrijs Sterk

The exhibition review, written by Veronika Moos-Brochhagen, noted in particular some works by young artists such as Kari Merete Paulsen (Norway), Ismini Samanidou (Greece), Tim Parry-Williams (UK), Christy Matsons (USA) and Sara Clugage (USA) and also praised the surprising exhibits by well-accomplished artists Pauline Verbeek-Cowar (Netherlands/USA) and Catharine Ellis (USA).

The event was organized by the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD, an outfit of the University of North Carolina)

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