Textiles Close Up


Textiles Close Up

Textiles Close Up is series of study-workshops launched in 2013 that provides opportunities to examine textiles in leading museum and private collections, guided by renowned experts. Workshops focus on the exploration of the materials, techniques, styles, culture and history of selected textile traditions, which vary for each event. The format offers first-hand, close-up viewing of textiles in the storerooms, laboratories and study rooms of various institutions offering unprecedented access and learning opportunities.

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Treasures of Islamic Textiles & Art in Toronto November 10-11

November 10, 2014–November 11, 2014

TSA Textiles Close Up at Royal Ontario Museum, Textile Museum of Canada, and Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre Toronto   Join TSA for a 2-day exploration of Islamic textiles and art in Toronto’s oldest and newest museums! This event is timed to coincide with the opening of two important textile exhibits, the inauguration of the much- anticipated […]

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Textiles Close Up: Historic and Contemporary African Textiles

Minneapolis Institute of Arts and home of Joanne Eicher, Minneapolis, MN
June 6, 2014

Join TSA and a group of renowned experts for an exciting conversation about historic and contemporary African textiles inspired by current exhibitions and important private collections located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The day begins at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, where Dr. Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers, Curator of African Art, will lead a tour of the museum’s recently […]

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Textiles Close Up: Islamic Textiles at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Cleveland Museum of Art
April 25, 2014

Join TSA for a day-long exploration of the rich history of textiles from Islamic lands with renowned scholar Louise W. Mackie, Curator of Textiles & Islamic Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The day begins with a study of textiles on display in the Islamic Gallery and in the new exhibition, LUXURIANCE: Silks from […]

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Up-Close with Peruvian Four-Selvage Cloth

Fowler Museum at the University of California, Los Angeles
January 13, 2014

TSA President and exhibition guest curator Elena Phipps will lead the group through The Peruvian Four- Selvage Cloth: Ancient Threads/ New Directions at UCLA’s Fowler Museum. The practice of weaving textiles with four finished edges reflects a cultural value in the integrity of cloth. Requiring a high level of skill, this approach to weaving also characterizes […]

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Textiles Close Up: Inside "The Interwoven Globe" MMA. Detail, 17th Century Embroidery, Private Collection. Photo: E. Phipps

Textiles Close Up: Inside of “Interwoven Globe” at the MMA

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
November 15, 2013

Image: Textiles Close Up: Inside “The Interwoven Globe” MMA. Detail, 17th Century Embroidery, Private Collection. Photo: E. Phipps Experience a cutting-edge exhibition with the curators who produced it. “Interwoven Globe: The International Textile Trade, 1500-1800” charts a new direction for the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA) and for the field of textile history. Bringing together […]

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