Friday, February 26, 2010

Symposium: ARTWEAR (June '10, MN)

Registration deadline for Textile Center's biennial symposium, "ARTWEAR," is May 1! ARTWEAR will be held June 2-8, 2010 in Minneapolis, MN. Enjoy stimulating lectures, comprehensive workshops, and inspiring exhibitions. The event also includes a runway show, trunk show, and more.

REGISTER by MAY 1, 2010
Register early to secure your desired workshops. Space is limited. Click for information
. Please note: although registration materials are online, you cannot register online. Call us at 612-436-0464 or print your form and mail or fax to 612-436-0466

Conference: "CONFLUENCE" submissions by Mar1

MARCH 1 deadline for proposals and submissions to CONFLUENCE Conference 2011. Submission guidelines can be found here

CONFLUENCE is an international textile conference hosted in presented by the Textile Center and Surface Design Association. Workshops, demonstrations, lectures, exhibitions, and special events will be hosted throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.

Key Conference Dates:
June 4-8, 2011 Pre-conference workshops
June 9, 2011 Exhibition Day:
June 9-12, 2011 Conference Sessions
June 13-17, 2011 Post-conference workshops

Friday, February 19, 2010

More! Exhibition: “Transformation: Material • Magic • Memory” (Hong Kong)

Part of the open fashion lecture series hosted now at HKPU's ITC Fashion Gallery is the exhibition, “Transformation: Material • Magic • Memory." This is the first of its kind at the Institute of Textiles & Clothing. Please join us for this landmark exhibition.

“Transformation: Material • Magic • Memory”
Institute of Textiles & Clothing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Curated by Yoshiko I. Wada, President of World Shibori Network

The Fashion Gallery
Fashion & Textiles Resource Center MN109

March 1 - 26, 2010
* private viewing March 3, 3:00pm with special MC, Mr. Konstantine Kouros

Featuring works by nine internationally renowned artists/designers from Japan, USA, India, Switzerland, and Australia, including Junichi Arai, Jean Cacicado, Ana Lisa Hedstrom, Padmaja Krishnan, Tsuyoshi Kuno, Mascha Mioni, Rahul Mishra, Barbara RogersYoshiko I. Wada. The exhibiton highlights works by contemporary artists who pay homage to their rich traditions of cultural and artistic heritage while successfully capturing a forward movement by experimenting with new approaches.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Open Lecture: "Transformation. Material Magic. Memory" by Yoshiko Wada (23 & 25, Hong Kong)

For our friends in Hong Kong:

Hong Kong Poly Tech University's
Institute of Textiles & Clothing (ITC) Resource Centre Fashion Gallery has been very busy. Last year, they put on the exhibition "Innovative Cloths of Junichi Arai" and also organized "Metallic Sound: works by Kinor Jiang & Junichi Arai" at the Bonington Gallery in Nottingham, UK. Next week ITC is hosting a lecture (and workshop) by Yoshiko I Wada and you're all invited! (open to public, registration requested, seats very limited)
view previous HKPTU blog posts here

From ITC:

You are cordially invited to attend Public Lectures on "Memory, where what is new is what is old" and "Transformation, magic materialized" by Ms Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, President of World Shibori Network.

Lecture I: Memory, where what is new is what is old

23 Feb, Tuesday, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
ITC Resource Centre (MN109)

Some analysis of Japanese fashion design specificity and its translation seen in other designers. The on-going circulation of old feeds into new; low culture transforms into high culture; gender play; raw and refined. The lecture may touch upon the changing mode of technology, materials/consumer taste driven by social and political changes, using historical evolution in kimono industry.

Lecture II: Transformation, magic materialized
25 Feb, Thursday, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
ITC Resource Centre (MN109)

A wide range of possibility in material transformation. Explanation of fabric type, treatment processes, texturing and dyeing methods. Also how to transform 2D to 3D; a piece of cloth into kinetic sculpture which is a live fashion. Revisiting the magic of cloth and fiber and how technology impacts them and designers mind.

CONTACT: Yuki Cheng at 27666511 or email
Lectures are open to public, registration requested, seats very limited.

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Behind the Scenes of Textile Conservation (Mar 19, San Francisco)

Ever wonder how the professionals do it? Textile Conservators Sarah Gates and Beth Szuhay are offering a specialized tour for Textile Arts Council members. This is a rare opportunity for the public to see how professional museum staff care for, store, and prepare the Museums’ textile collection for exhibit. The conservation laboratory consists of a “dry” space for examination and stitched treatments, a “wet” space for aqueous treatments, and a dye lab. Participants will get to see the state-of-the-art facilities and the specialized equipment, including the dye machine.

Friday, March 19, 1:30 PM
Behind the Scenes: The George & Marie Hecksher Textile Conservation Center
de Young Museum, San Francisco

$30 per person – space is strictly limited

To reserve: call TAC office 415 750-3627 or email at tac [at]

Monday, February 8, 2010

Exh: "Planeta" by India Flint & Anette Orom (Copenhagen, Feb'10)

Too bad we didn't hear soon enough about the exhibition, "PLANETA," works by Australian artist India Flint and Anette Blaesberg Ørom (DK) . I'm sure our friends in Copenhagen would have beelined over to Mostinghus to see it (the exhibition just closed yesterday, Feb 7). Thankfully, India has some alluring pictures up on her blog, Visit her website for a closer look at her work & process.


by Anette Blaesberg Ørom and India Flint
stitched and dyed textiles
Møsting Hus, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen
thru Feb 7 2010

Mosting Hus at night ||

Planeta, works by India Flint ||

detail of India's work ||

-- Thanks to India for sharing her news

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Alert: Puglia early birds, secure your spots!

SFS PUGLIA: we are nearing capacity. If you were one of the lucky who were able to RSVP, please secure your spot with a deposit. (No deposit, no seat. First come, first reserved). For now, we have temporarily closed the RSVPs so we can confirm the current official number of registrants (consider this a grace period for early RSVPers to send in their deposits). To those who have not yet RSVP'd but are serious about joining the retreat, check back Feb 15 to see if seats are still available.

Read about the Puglia workshop retreat in previous post here.
Instructions for deposits: SFS Puglia on see under "Registration Checklist"

Installation: Christina Kim's "The Curtain" (Feb 12-15, Berlin Film Fest)

Find yourself in Berlin next week? The 60th annual Berlinale 2010, Berlin's international film festival, is one of the largest audience events in the film world and will open next week (11-21 Feb). What does this have to do with textiles? Christina Kim (dosa inc), one of our favorite designers and proponents of "slow fiber," is installing a 300 sq meter patchworked curtain for the special opening. Lucky you if you get to attend!

From the Berlinale website:
From February 12 to 15, 2010, a unique art installation entitled “The Curtain” will tell of the magic and power of the cinema: renowned artist and international Korean-American designer Christina Kim will create a 300–square-metre symbolic movie-theatre curtain from recycled film and Berlinale billboards, DVDs, and other film-related materials. After the opening ceremony on February 12, the world premiere of the restored original version of Fritz Lang's Metropolis will be transmitted live to the public from the Friedrichstadtpalast to a screen at the Brandenburg Gate. The public is invited to enjoy this significant moment in the history of film - free of charge - at this very special setting.

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