Op-ed

TEXTILE CLOSE UP: INTERNATIONAL FOLK ART MARKET by Dr. Margaret Gbemi Areo

Posted on September 9, 2015

TEXTILE CLOSE UP: INTERNATIONAL FOLK ART MARKET – SANTA FE, JULY, 9 – 12, 2015 The Santa Fe Textile Close Up began on Thursday evening with an interactive session, involving two artists; Danyalal Kudecha from India who specializes in production of handwoven silk and cotton shawls and stoles; and Carmen Maldonado Garcia (Multicolours) from Guatemala, […]

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Velvets of Italy Tour 2013

Posted on November 21, 2013

The thing about experiences abroad looking back is it’s difficult to believe that they actually happened. It’s incredible to think that the tiny boot-shaped spot on your globe marked Italy is a real place you’ve really been and that it’s as fantastic as you had been told since before you could remember. That it’s out […]

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A Member’s Report from TSA’s Velvets in Italy Study Tour

Posted on November 21, 2013

This photo shows one area of Fondazione Arte Della Seta Lisio in Florence where 4 of us attended a 3-day workshop and got to weave on one of the velvet looms. Many weavers know of it as “Lisio”. It was a wonderful trip and we had access to so many working atliers that it was […]

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From the Exotic to the Mystical

Posted on June 1, 2013

On May 4th From the Exotic to the Mystical Textile Treasures from the Permanent Collection opened at the de Young Museum, San Francisco. The exhibition is drawn exclusively from the Fine Arts Museums’ extensive holdings of textile arts to illustrate the continuing human interest in exploring foreign realms, whether geographic or metaphysical. Celebrating the splendor […]

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Coby Foundation : A brief history

Posted on March 26, 2013

In 1994, Irene Zambelli Silverman created the Coby Foundation, in memory of her mother, to support projects in the needle arts.  After Silverman’s tragic death in 1998, the Board of Directors of the Foundation agreed to continue her work. It is my pleasure and honor, on behalf of the Board, to fulfill Irene Silverman’s wishes […]

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