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Nika Feldman at TSA

This is  Nika Feldman who along with members of a beggars community in Katmandu, Nepal were at the 12th Biennial Textile Society of America Symposium  selling their goods in the Textile Market in the Cornhusker Mariotte hotel where the symposium took place. Their work was on display at the International Quilt Studies Centre in Lincoln Nebraska. [photo by Joe Lewis]


HGA Convergence 2010 Albuquerque - New Visions: Ancient Paths, July 18-25, 2010 Albuquerque, New Mexico

Convergence is an outstanding conference for everyone who loves and works in fibre. It is the biennial, international conference sponsored and organized by the Handweavers Guild of America, Inc. (HGA), with the help of many dedicated fibre enthusiasts. Convergence features special lectures, workshops, one day studio classes, super seminars, seminars, exhibits, tours, special events, and a commercial vendor hall full of fibres, fibre-related equipment and an artist market. Our classes include novice to advanced instruction in a variety of fibre techniques, including weaving, spinning, dyeing, basketry, feltmaking, knitting, garment construction and sewing with handwovens, and more!

The largest city in New Mexico, Albuquerque offers a multitude of historical, recreational and educational opportunities. New Mexico’s diverse cultural history has produced many exciting attractions: Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, and New Mexico’s Fiber Arts Trails. Ranked as seventh best large city for the Arts by the readers of American Style magazine, Albuquerque is an ideal site for Convergence 2010.

 This is how the Handweavers Guild of America describes it's conference in the next two articles you can read two Canadian weavers thoughts on this even. 

Visit the Handweavers Guild of America's website  http://www.weavespindye.org/ to find out more about the organization.

Complex Weavers also had their meeting in Albuquerque just before Convergence, I had planned to attend both these events but it did not work out. I could not find anyone to write a report on this event. They are already planing there next meeting Complex Weavers Seminars 2012 September 12-15, 2012 in Washington, DC check out their website for more information



Textiles and Settlement: From Plains Space to Cyber Space

12th TSA Biennial Symposium 2010, Lincoln, Nebraska, October 6 – 9, 2010

This year the symposium 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 Sheila Kennedy, an architect, whose Portable Light project creates new ways to provide renewable power in solar textiles that can be adapted to meet the needs of people in different cultures and global regions. The Portable Light uses a thin-film photovoltaic textile and LEDs to harvest electrical energy and provide a completely self-contained source of renewable power and light. The 2010 Symposium was held at the recently remodelled Cornhusker Marriott Hotel in downtown Lincoln. 

I attended this symposium which was exciting, brilliant and exhausting. As always the textile Society of American is able to bring a wide range of presenters from different parts of the world. This year Wendy Weiss from the University of Nebraska and her team brought together over 30 exhibitions at The International Quilt Study Center & Museum, with nineteen other exhibition facilities across Lincoln, and 5 galleries in Omaha.  This symposium brought over 250 academics who research textile history, dye chemistry and construction, teachers of construction methods and surface design, museum professionals in conservation and public education, along with craft practitioners, artists and students to Lincoln, Nebraska.

I have written a report on this event for the ETN's Textile Form and I have invited Niel Goss from the University of Kansas School of the Arts and Kate Sydik University of Nebraska MA student to share their views on the Symposium along with some of their work with you. 

pat hicks

Here is out going TSA President Pat Hicks welcoming the international gathering to symposium during the opening night at the The International Quilt Study Center & Museum (photo by Ann E Svenson Perlman.)

 wendy wiess

Symposium organizer Wendy Weiss standing in front of her work Cargo Cloth 2, Blood on My Hands, Striped Trees (from left ) at Modern Arts Midwest ( (Photo by Marci Rae McDade editor of Fiberarts magazine) 

the Canadian Gang at TSA

The Canadians just kept running into each other, here we have Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary covered. Toronto, Joe Lewis (me) far left, Roxane Shaughnessy: Curator, Textile Museum of Canada and TSA Recording Sectary on the far Right with Michael Hardy: Curator, Nichol Arts Museum in Calgary and TSA Director of External Affairs, unknown woman from east coast, Ruth Scheuing: Professor Capilano University Vancouver, Artist, new TSA President. Montreal: Kelly Thompson Assistant Professor in Textile Fibre Department at Concordia. (photo by unknown passer by)

canadians at dinner

Symposium Attendees:Fran Dorsey, Michelle hardy, Sherri Smith, Katherine Libke, Liz Williamson, Dorothy Caldwell, and Kathy M’Closkey (photo by Ann E Svenson Perlman.)

You can see more photographs I took at the symposium in my facebook album:
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