Letter from TSA President, Elena Phipps : New Board Roles

Posted on April 9, 2014

Dear Members, There have been a couple of changes to the standing Board of Directors which I would like to share with you. At our March meeting, the Board agreed to establish a new position of International Advisor to the Board. We also agreed to appoint Dominique Cardon to that position.  As a very active […]

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Member News: The Kentucky Historical Society’s Churchill Weavers Collection By Jennifer Spence

Posted on March 10, 2014
Whig Rose Pattern in a Churchill Weaver’s Colorblanket, ca. 1930

Jennifer Spence, a TSA member, oversee’s the processing of the Churchill Weavers fabric archive at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort, KY.  Specialists at the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) are engaged in cataloging the fabric archive from one of America’s most notable handweaving studios—Churchill Weavers of Berea, Kentucky. Acquired by KHS in 2007, the fabric […]

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The Peruvian Four Selvaged Cloth by Sophia Winitsky

Posted on February 6, 2014

A report on Up-Close with Peruvian Four-Selvaged Cloth, a program of the Textile Society of America. On January 13, 2014 textile artists, collectors and enthusiasts gathered at the Fowler Museum in Los Angeles for a guided tour of The Peruvian Four Selvaged Cloth with TSA President and curator of the exhibit, Elena Phipps. I had […]

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TSA at College Art Association: A Message from The President

Posted on January 20, 2014
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College Art Association is coming up February 12-15, 2014 in Chicago. Its always heartening to see textiles presented in this context, and this year there are a number of panels (including one I have organized on Textile Traditions of Latin America in Context). A number of TSA members and textile scholars will be presenting—including Roland […]

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Member News: a new book by Cynthia Fowler Ph.D.

Posted on January 20, 2014
John Storrs, Diagonals (ca. 1928)
Design by John Storrs
Executed by New Age Group
Hooked rug, 64 in. x 46 in.
Estate of John Storrs
Courtesy Valerie Carberry Gallery, Chicago, IL

Hooked Rugs:  Encounters in American Modern Art, Craft and Design (Ashgate, 2013) is an examination of hooked rugs in America during the interwar years with a focus on the relationship between hooked rugs and American modern art, craft and design.  Although not generally associated with modernism, hooked rugs have a rich historical relationship to experiments in […]

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