from the TSA/ Creativity, Motivation, and Curriculums for Visual Arts and Textiles by Kate Sydik PDF  | Print |  E-mail

I graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2003 with a BS in Environmental Studies, and in August 2010 from with a MA in Textiles Clothing and Design. This fall I started the Educational Psychology PhD program at UNL. I am interested in research into creativity, motivation, and curriculums for visual arts and textiles. Since I live in Lincoln, I had been highly anticipating the Textile Society of America 2010 Symposium to be held here in my town.

To coincide with the TSA Conference, held October 6-9, 2010 the theme for gallery exhibitions held in Lincoln for the month of October was textiles. It was a treat for so many textile exhibitions being held in town. I was particularly excited to see Anna Von Merten’s quilts on exhibit in the Project Room at Parrish Studios, as her quilts were part of the inspiration behind my recent masters thesis paper and exhibition work.  I also enjoyed seeing work on display at Modern Arts Midwest by Michael James and Wendy Weiss, advisors and mentors to me in my textiles graduate program.

On Wednesday I participated in the weaving workshop taught by Julie Holyoke. Julie is a designer of custom silk Jacquard textiles, who currently teaches a range of courses related to weave-patterned textiles at the Fondazione Arte della Seta Lisio in Florence, Italy. (She also happens to be my mother’s first cousin, so it was great to see family.) Despite being a weaving novice, the workshop was the highlight of the conference for me. I learned a great deal in the workshop, and it has inspired me to delve further into exploring weaving as a creative medium.

On Thursday morning I went the first session, Cyber Space: Art Yarn to Fiber R/Evolution after exploring the wonderful textiles being sold in the textile marketplace. I am looking at how fiber artists and makers are using social media for a qualitative research class this semester, so this session and the Saturday afternoon session on Looping and other Openwork were particularly relevant to me. Thursday afternoon I was fascinated to learn more about the itajime clamp resist dying process and to see beautiful clamped resist work by Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, Ana Lisa Hedstrom, Jay Rich, and Elin Noble.

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Session: What’s Old is New Again: Carved Board Clamped Resist Dyeing
What’s Old is New Again: Carved Board Clamped Resist Dyeing
Elin Noble ((Photo by Marci Rae McDade, editor, Fiberarts magazine)

I enjoyed the Plenary Session lecture on Friday by Dominique Cardon and the Dyes and Color Materials and Culture session following. In my surface design work I have mostly used synthetic dyes, but I am very interested in learning more about natural dyes. I found Christina Cole’s research on natural dyes in quillwork especially fascinating. Living in Nebraska, I have seen and admired designs of Native American textiles featuring quillwork, but I had never stopped to think about where the dyes had come from or how they had been obtained.

Friday afternoon I visited the International Quilt Study Center & Museum for my site where Carolyn Ducey IQSC Curator of Collections shared her research on Album Quilts of the First Baptist Church of Philadelphia.  The site visit reminded me how lucky I am to have close access to the IQSC. After visiting the IQSC I attended the opening reception for the New Material World: Rethreading Technology exhibit at the Sheldon Museum of Art. Having a chance to speak with Kyong Ae Cho and Janice Lessman-Moss in person about work they had in the show, especially after hearing their presentations in the session the day before was a great rare opportunity. The evening TSA Banquet gave a valuable opportunity to network with textile professionals who were attending the conference.

On Saturday morning I watched the videos about jaspé rebozo weaving in Mexico, and Molas made by Kuna women in Panama. I have seen Molas as part of the IQSC collection, but it was interesting to learn more about the Kuna culture directly from members of the culture in the film.

I appreciate all the hard work that several of my professors and colleagues from the department of Textiles, Clothing and Design at UNL put into organizing and coordinating the conference and surrounding exhibitions. The chance to meet and network with people who are passionate and knowledgeable about textiles was a fabulous experience.  Having the conference held in my town was icing on the cake!

Kate Sydik Portfolio 

Blocks: Obstacles and Possibilities
24"h x 30"w
hand-dyed cotton and silk
pieced, appliqued & quilted
Passage: Observations of a Journey, 2010
36"h x 45"w
hand dyed cotton
pieced & quilted
The pieces were both from Platzgeist: Revealing the Spirit of the Familiar, my masters option II exhibition that was in the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery in June.

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Read Kate Sydik's  thesis paper Platzgeist: Revealing the Spirit of the Familiar
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