Conferences and Calls

1.) Ahead Of Its Time: Artistic Jewelry In The Milieu Of 1900
Massachusetts College of Art in Boston
October 11-13, 2008
The Association for the Study of Jewelry & Related Arts is holding
its Annual Conference on Jewelry & Related Arts, examining
personal ornament as a decorative art at the turn of the 20th
century. The Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, and Jugendstil movements
will be explored, the philosophical and inspirational sources;
the political, and social climate of the times; and the popular
motifs and technological innovations that characterize them.
Click here for more details.

2.) Who’s Your Daddy? Families in Early American Needlework
Winterthur Museum, Delaware
October 17-18, 2008
The exhibition and related conference will explore how family ties are honored and strengthened through needlework and the ways in which needlework can serve as primary-source material for historical and genealogical research. We’ll explore the theme of families in early American needlework through lectures, workshops, hands-on classes, and a special exhibition (on display October 4, 2008 through January 9, 2009). Speakers include Kathleen Staples, Marla Miller, Susan Schoelwer, and Jane Nylander. Click here for more details.

3.) Textiles as Cultural Expressions
Textile Society of America’s 11th Biennial Symposium, Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, Honolulu
September 24-27
The 2008 Symposium will include:
Art Conservation, Garment Manufacturing, Hawaiian Quilts,
Traditional Hawaiian Textiles, and Museums of Hawaii. Click here for more details.

4.) Inspired Design: Entrepreneurial & Jacquard Textiles
The UNC Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, North Carolina
January 7-10, 2009
This conference on five textile design growth areas will feature international speakers on 1.) Smart Textiles (e-textiles) with electronic components woven into textiles, 2.) Performance and Interactive textiles designed as performative textiles for costume, stage, and dance or computer designs created by sound, 3) Textiles for Boutique Clothing – fabric designs for limited-edition boutique clothing, 4) Interior Textiles for furniture, panels, wall-coverings, and 5) Textiles as Fine or Commissioned Art. Click here for more details.

5.) 7th International Shibori Symposium
Provence, Lyon and Paris, France
October 30 – November 10, 2008
This multicity event celebrating shibori’s dynamic connections across the world – bridging cultures, languages, and nature across time. Join us for a unique site-specific symposium from Provence to Lyon to Paris as we tour some of France’s fabled towns and cities whose textile traditions and material culture remain steeped within the earth. This year’s theme, “Textiles in Nature,” emphasizes the importance of integrating handcrafts into everyday living if we hope to protect our cultural ecosystems. Through this symposium, we hope to encourage others to take a closer look at personal culture within a larger, global context and contribute to the perpetuation and evolution of our craft practices. Click here for more details.

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    Nicolas Martinez
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