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Weaving Conference at Columbia U April 5 to 8: Workshops + Discussions

Here is Columbia U's summary of its upcoming conference:

Weaving: Cognition, Technology, Culture
April 5 - April 8

Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive, New York

****Free and open to the public. REGISTRATION REQUIRED – REGISTER HERE.****

The conference, demonstration, and workshop, Weaving: Cognition, Technology, Culture, to be held April 5-8, 2017 at Columbia University, will raise questions about the economic, social, and cultural significance of weaving, but also broader issues about craft as cognition, cognitive change over time, innovation in craft and the role of “traditional” crafts in the modern era. It will consider the preservation of craft practices and their cultures, as well as issues concerning individual autonomy, sustainability, and dignity in craft-making. The program brings together scholars from history, economics, sociology, anthropology, psychology and cognitive sciences, experts in textile and craft, textile entrepreneurs, artisans, and artists. Free and open to the public, the program consists of two parts: a 2-day workshop in which expert weavers demonstrate weaving techniques with opportunities to learn at the looms; and a 2-day interdisciplinary conference, including lectures and discussion by speakers from the academic, art and commercial realm.

Space is very limited for the workshops.

Here is the link:

Open Studio at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn

Saturday, May 14, 2016

On Saturday I went to the Textile Arts Center's Studio open house. Summary: stimulating, inspiring, free, and fun. We all know or have heard about Brooklyn's energy and hipness: here's a place to experience it. The young artists were completely accessible and friendly, and were ready and willing to talk about their work -- and mine! What could be better for an amateur like me.

I was able to speak with three artists: Victoria Manganiello, Yunjung Kang, and Jamie Hart Israelow; I'm including photos of their work.

The Center schedules this every second Saturday, from 5 pm to 7 pm. I know the next one will be in June, 2016, but I'd check with them for dates after that.

Yunjung Kang
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