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Symposium 2012 – Textiles and Politics

Throughout human history and across the globe, whether as intimate artifacts of interpersonal relations or state-level monumental works, textiles have been imbued with political importance. Textiles can communicate and construct status, ethnicity, gender, power, taste, and wealth, and have functioned at the nexus of artistic, economic, and political achievement in human culture. As trade goods, […]

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Symposium 2010 – Textiles and Settlement

The 2010 TSA Symposium, Textiles and Settlement: From Plains Space to Cyber Space, was held in Lincoln, Nebraska (Home of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Textiles, Clothing & Design, the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery, and the International Quilt Study Center & Museum) October 6 – 9, 2010. The keynote speaker for the symposium was […]

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Symposium 2008 – Textiles as Cultural Expressions

Hawaii is the most geographically isolated island chain in the world and a crossroad of cultures between the East and West.  As the melting pot of the Pacific, Hawaii’s diverse cultures will be highlighted at the many tours offered before and after the symposium. Textiles serve as records of a culture’s history and values. From […]

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Symposium 2006 – Textile Narratives and Conversations

Co-chairs: Nataley Nagy, Executive Director of the Textile Museum of Canada, and Frances Dorsey, fiber artist (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design)Toronto, Ontario, Canada was the site of the 2006 biennial Textile Society of America (TSA) Symposium. From October 11 – 14, 2006, Harbourfront Centre, overlooking the northern shore of Lake Ontario, provided an […]

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Symposium 2004

Co-Chairs: Inez Brooks-Myers and Susan Tselos The theme of the symposium was “Appropriation, Acculturation, Transformation.” Emphasis was on the way the human activities (such as trade or war) influence the production, aesthetics, materials, etc. of textiles. Tours included the studios of well-known artists such as Lia Cook, Kay Sekimachi, or Anna Lisa Hedstrom, the Hearst […]

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Symposium 2002

Smith College and Northampton, Massachusetts, hosted the Textile Society of America Eighth Biennial Symposium, Silk Roads, Other Roads. Concurrent with the symposium, Northampton has begun a year-long celebration of the region’s history of sericulture and silk manufacturing. While the main theme of the symposium follows this same thread, other topics were covered as well, including […]

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Symposium 2000 – Approaching Textiles, Varying Viewpoints

The Seventh Biennial Symposium of the Textile Society of America was held September 19-23, 2000 at the La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The TSA 2000 Symposium theme, Approaching Textiles, Varying Viewpoints reflected members’ interests in textiles as fascinating objects that draw our attention and reflect their cultural, geographic, and temporal settings. Varying […]

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Symposium 1998 – Creating Textiles: Makers, Methods, Markets

Creating Textiles: Makers, Methods, Markets Sixth Biennial Symposium. September 24-26, 1998. Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, New York. This symposium was structured to encourage participants to explore the varied textile resources in New York City. A full complement of juried papers was presented at the Fashion Institute of Technology. For the first time, afternoon […]

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Symposium 1996 -Sacred and Ceremonial Textiles

Sacred and Ceremonial Textiles. Fifth Biennial Symposium, September 19-21, 1996. The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.

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Symposium 1994 – Contact, Crossover, Continuity

Contact, Crossover, Continuity Fourth Biennial Symposium, September 22-24, 1994. UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, Los Angeles, California

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Symposium 1992 – Textiles in Daily Life

Textiles in Daily Life Third Biennial Symposium, September 24-26, 1992. Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington.

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Symposium 1990 – Textiles in Trade

1990 Proceedings: 
Textiles in Trade (OUT-OF-PRINT) Second Biennial Symposium, September 14-16, 1990. Washington, DC.

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Symposium 1988 – Textiles as Primary Sources

First Biennial Symposium, September 16-18, 1988. Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Textiles as Primary Sources: Strategies and Methodologies for Gathering and Extracting Data

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