Textile Society of America introduced by Michele A. Hardy, PhD PDF  | Print |  E-mail

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The Textile Society of America is a dynamic organization of scholars, artists, educators, curators, and other lovers of textiles.  Founded in 1987, it aims to promote the value of textiles both as objects of study and as vehicles for artistic expression. Fostering dialogue between makers and researchers is a unique attribute of TSA and makes for very rich conversations indeed!

  I joined the TSA in 2000—just in time to attend their 7th Biennial Symposium in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  A student at the time—I relished the welcoming support of newfound colleagues.  Symposia are organized around different themes and in different locations across the US and Canada.  They offer the opportunity to share new research, to see extraordinary textiles, exhibitions and museums, and to network.  Santa Fe was fabulous—no less so than Toronto, Honolulu, and Lincoln, Nebraska!  I am particularly looking forward to examining the relationship of textiles and politics in Washington D.C. this fall.  With guest speakers that will include artist Joyce Scott and art historian Rosamond Mack, it promises to be provocative and informative.

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 Dorothy Caldwell, Michele Hardy and others at International Center for Quilt Studies for the official opening of the  TSA 2010 Symposium, Textiles and Settlement: From Plains Space to Cyber Space  in Lincoln, Nebraska, October 6 – 9, 2010,

 Each symposium is followed with published proceedings.  Since 2010 these are published online through the University of Lincoln Nebraska (http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/tsaconf/ ) and are a rich, permanent record of the symposia.  Newsletters, published three times a year, offer up-to-date news, research reports, exhibition reviews, and opportunities, while the TSA List serve fields topical discussions and timely opportunities.

 The TSA has played an important role in promoting and acknowledging seasoned scholars as well as new talent.  The R. L. Shep Ethnic Textile Book Award, for example, acknowledges outstanding research in the area of ethnic textiles, while the Student / New Professional Scholarship helps students and new professionals attend the symposium.  Understanding the importance (and challenges) of attending the symposia for members just starting their careers, the TSA offers reduced membership fees. 

 In 2010 I joined the board of TSA as Director of External Relations and I feel privileged to serve.  I am very happy to promote the TSA’s mission and advocate for its Canadian members.  Canadians represent a significant proportion of the TSA’s membership and are active in their participation.  Should you be interested in learning more about TSA you can visit http://www.textilesociety.org/index.htm or drop me a line.  I would be happy to hear from you.

Michele A. Hardy, PhD

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 Image Gallery TSA 2010 Symposium, Textiles and Settlement: From Plains Space to Cyber Space  in Lincoln, Nebraska, October 6 – 9, 2010,


 The International Quilt Study Center & Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln




Nika Feldman

 In the Textile market Artist Nika Feldman and members of a beggars community in Katmandu, Nepal were selling quilt work from the Beggars Camp. Samples of this work was also presented at the IQSC

Beggars Quilts




  here is a link

 sellers market

 the textile market...Bethanne Knudson [seminar 11 Artisnal Textile Manufacturing] is showing the wears of the Oriole Mill in Hendersonville North Carolina.

http:// www.theoriolemill.com/

 velvet Talk 

Velvet Weaving Today:A world Wide Overview" presented by Barbara Setsu Pickett. Read a story about her in WEAVEZINE " Velvet Weaving with Dr. Barbara Setsu Pickett" by Syne Mitchell 


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