Sustainability Takes Center Stage at the Symposium

dosa and dyebooksNew Directions: Examining the Past, Creating the Future, The upcoming biennial Symposium in Los Angeles, explores change and innovation in textiles in the past while looking at the state of the field of textiles, textile study, production and creativity, today and for the future. Many of the week’s programs address issues of sustainability, including pre-conference workshops, numbers concurrent sessions, and plenary speakers. The following is a small taste of the offerings:

Pre-Conference Workshops:

Sustainable and Creative Approaches: Textile and Clothing Design by Christina Kim and dosa, dosa, downtown Los Angeles
 led by Christina Kim of dosa

Early Dyebooks and the Investigation of the Science of Color, Getty Research Institute and the Getty Conservation Institute
 led by Dominique Cardon with Jim Druzik and Nancy Turner


Plenary Session at LACMA:

Sustainability in Textile Art and Industry chaired by Spilker, Curators, Department of Costume and Textiles, LACMA and featuring:
  1. Eileen Mockus, CEO Coyuchi: Sustainability in Home Textiles
  2. You-lo Hsieh, Scientist and Professor: Science, Technology and Education for Sustainability in Textile Industry
  3. Rowland Ricketts, Artist: Looking Back to Move Forward: The Challenges and Potential of a Sustainable Practice

Concurrent Sessions of Peer-Reviewed Papers:

Explorations into Natural Dyes, organizer by Dominique Cardon
  1. Eduardo Portillo and Maria Eugenia Dávila: Natural Dyes and Aesthetic Search
  2. Ngoc Anh Luu Dam: Reviving Indigenous Knowledge of Indigo Dyeing in Minority Communities of Vietnam
  3. Marine Nora Toussirot: Research into Natural Dyes from the Plant Biodiversity of New Caledonia and the Kanak Cultural Heritage
  4. Katherine Hattori: From the Ground Up: New Ideas for Natural Dyes in the Fashion Industry
5. Dominique Cardon: “Extreme” Dyeing with Natural Dyes
Contemporary Artists Respond to Landscape and Sustainability, chaired by Ruth Scheuing
  1. Eulanda Sanders and Chanmi Hwang: George Washington Carver: Textile Artist
Ninna Berger: The Archaeology of Restructional Clothing. Presenting a Methodological Design Process on How to Reposition the Old as New
  3. Xia Gao: Changing Urban Landscape-Engage People and Environment in Art-Making
  4. Olivia Valentine: Needle Lace to Valley Walking: İğne Oyası as Landscape Ornamentation
Alternative Plant Fibers: Preservation, Development, Sustainability, chaired by Yuko Fukatsu
  1. Lesli Robertson: Ugandan Bark Cloth: A Model for Evolution and Innovation
  2. Soraya Serra-Collazo: Maguey Hammocks: A Weaving of Resistance in Puerto Rico
  3. Yuka Fukatsu: Traditional Textile Design for Social Innovation toward Sustainability in Japan
  4. Tatsuhiko Murai: Changing of Kudzu Textiles in the Japanese Culture
Five Centuries of Mexican Sericulture,
 organized by Kevin Terraciano
  1. Kevin Terraciano: Imagining the Mexican Silk Boom of the Sixteenth Century
  2. Elena Phipps: New Textiles in a New World: 18th-Century Textile Samples from the Viceregal Americas
  3. Hector Meneses Lozano: “Traditional Innovation” in Oaxacan Indigenous Textiles – A Silky Perspective
  4. Eric Mindling: The Oaxacan Silk Comeback
Community Building in Contemporary Art, chaired by Ruth Katzenstein Souza
  1. Tara Bursey, Thea Haines and Jen Anisef: Pulling Strings: Textiles, Community and DIY in Post-Industrial Hamilton
  2. Helen Trejo and Tasha Lewis: Beyond Wool: New York’s Diverse Fibershed for Textiles and Clothing
  3. Stephanie Bunn: Woven Communities: Researching Scottish Vernacular Basketry by Interweaving New Media and Basketry Practice
  4. Theresa Winge and Marybeth Stalp: Virtually Crafting Communities: An Exploration of Fiber and Textile Crafting Online Communities
  5. Laura Sansone: Textile Lab
Conflict, Appropriation and Certification for Artisan Production, organized by Mary Littrell
  1. Carmen Artigas: Cultural Misappropriation in the Era of Ethical Fashion
  2. Marilyn Murphy: Elevating the Artisan Sector
  3. Rangina Hamidi: Kandahar Treasure: Production in a Region of Political Conflict
  4. Niaz Zaman and Catherine Stevulak: Surayia Rahman: The Refining of a Domestic Art

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