From archival deep dives to the collaborative future of textiles, TSA shares some of our recommendations for this Fall 2022 season!
New York Textile Month: August 31 – October 2
Launched by Lidewij Edelkoort, trend forecaster and Dean of Hybrid Studies at The New School and assisted by Dori Azoulay, this multiple-location event will gather a vast range of textile voices and expressions—bringing together museums, galleries, showrooms, retailers, design studio, students, and the general public. We share a few program highlights below.
Democratizing the textile industry through collaboration
Wednesday, September 7
Since 2015, textile innovation studio BYBORRE has been rewriting the rules of responsible textile creation by digitizing the design and production process and by introducing Textile-as-a-Service with their platform BYBORRE Create™. Create™ serves as the portal between the physical and digital worlds of the textile industry—enabling brands, designers, and creators around the world to design bespoke and responsible textiles from pixel to needle. Providing direct access to textile creation technology and a transparent overview of the textile’s journey at every step of the process, Create™ puts creative freedom and control over impact back into the hands of the creator.
Tuesday, September 20th
As part of New York Textile Month, meet Li Edelkoort online as she unveils her new book, PROUD SOUTH. Edelkoort will be joined by the Indian designer and textile activist, Kavita Parmar, to discuss southern identity and artisanal fabric production. PROUD SOUTH is a mesmerizing new book that celebrates the creative forces from the southern parts of the planet. Through the colorful and expressive lens of contemporary fashion, photography, styling and art, Li Edelkoort and Lili Tedde bring together emerging and established talents from wide and far, illustrating that the axis of global creativity has indeed dramatically shifted. Cost of the event ticket includes a delivered copy of PROUD SOUTH.
Scholars on Sources: Tapestry Archives
Friday, September 30
This roundtable, hosted by the Catalogue Raisonné Scholars Association, convenes scholars who have conducted extensive archival research on topics in twentieth-century tapestry, whether on individual tapestry artists, tapestry studios, or tapestry exhibition venues. Our conversation will focus on the primary source material, such as letters, sketches, and samples that animates each scholar’s research. We will explore what this material reveals about the tapestry medium and how it might inform future research.
Full list of programs: https://www.textilemonth.nyc/
Fabricating the African Imaginarium
Friday, September 9
18.30 GMT+1/ 1:30pm EST
Join the curators of the V&A’s Africa Fashion and the Hayward Gallery’s In The Black Fantastic, Dr Christine Checinska and Ekow Eshun, in an exploration of the African imaginarium, or Black fantastic, as the place where creative and cultural liberation resides. The conversation will thread its way around the place of myth and fantasy in the spectacular works of genre-defying contemporary African creatives, from fashion to photography, text to textiles, multi-media and more. And it will explore how creatives are grappling with, and making material, the racialized everyday through deconstruction, reconstruction, ‘cut & mix’ methods, and aesthetics in order to boldly bring to life new ways of being.
Curator Talk, Kaffe Fassett: The Power of Pattern
Monday, September 26
19.00 GMT+1 / 2pm EST
Meet the artists and curators behind the upcoming exhibition, Kaffe Fassett: The Power of Pattern in this virtual panel discussion chaired by Head of Exhibitions, Dennis Nothdruft.
Kaffe Fassett’s inspiration comes from everything around him; his inimitable eye can translate everyday details into the base for one of his colorful, sophisticated maximalist designs. Hear how Kaffe’s vision for the exhibition became a reality, from bespoke designs for posters to an optical floor covered with tumbling blocks and to fabric-clad walls. The panel will discuss how Kaffe’s designs are used and interpreted by quilters around the globe and how they selected the works of over 15 international quilters and makers to be featured in the exhibition.
Lace fragment (detail), Italy, 17th century. Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection. Photo by Bruce M. White Photography.
Cotsen Textile Traces Global Roundtable: Lacing Around the World and Across Time
Wednesday, October 12 – Thursday, October 13
This year’s roundtable explores the rich traditions of lacemaking through examples from the Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection housed at the Textile Museum in Washington DC. International scholars, artists and designers will present multiple dimensions of the global art, from its history and globalization to innovations, fashion, and artistic creativity.
Nick Cave: Forothermore
Friday, November 18 – Monday, April 10
Guggenheim Museum, NYC
Nick Cave (b. 1959, Fulton, Missouri) has become internationally celebrated for his elaborate installations and textile works, including his iconic Soundsuits, which blend sculpture, costume design, and instrument-making. Nick Cave: Forothermore will be a survey exhibition covering the entire breadth of the artist’s career, and it will feature sculpture, installation, video, and rarely seen early works. The title is a neologism, a new word that reflects the artist’s lifelong commitment to creating space for those who feel marginalized by dominant society and culture—especially working-class communities and queer people of color. The show will both highlight the development of Cave’s singular art practice and interrogate the promises, fulfilled or broken, that the late 20th and early 21st centuries offered to the “other.”
Rug and Textile Appreciation Morning: The Intrigue of Baluch Rugs
Saturday, December 10
The set of rugs bought, sold, and collected under the catch-all name “Baluch” actually includes the products of a number of weaving groups in different areas of northeast Iran and northwest Afghanistan. Trying to sort them and deduce inter-relationships is, for some, one of the intrigues of Baluch rugs. As a result of the number of different tribal groups in the areas these rugs and bags are made, there is a wide variety of styles, techniques, and color palettes. In addition to certain iconic types, the idiosyncratic and creative mixing of designs and styles abounds to an uncommon degree. The most exciting examples of Baluch weaving all use outstanding wool, enabling intensely saturated colors.
While acknowledging that real understanding of Baluch rugs requires handling them, this virtual presentation led by DeWitt Mallary will show pictures of many of the finest examples of Baluch rugs and bags and discuss what makes them outstanding—letting the objects demonstrate the intrigue of this group of weavings.