Newsletter #8: In Depth

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General Program

The IBERO-AMERICAN TEXTILE NETWORK in association with the Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center, Spain Cultural Center,Veritas University and the Costa Rican Tourism Board,presents the First Redtextilia Encounter in Costa Rica. The event is possible thanks to the sponsorship and friendship from Ministry of Culture & Youth, National Museum, U.S. Embassy, Spanish Embassy, Madrid Association of Textile Creators, Dutch Embassy, German Embassy, Peruvian Embassy, Guatemalan Embassy, Mexican Embassy, Mexico Cultural Institute, Spain Cultural Center, Cartago Municipal Museum, House of Culture José Figures Ferrer, National University, Omar Dengo Foundation, American Corner – Limon Public Library, Paulina Ortiz Studio, Art Media Magazine, Octagono Gallery, Semiramis; Association of Textile Creators of Madrid, European Textile Network, Textile Forum Magazine, Fiberarts Magazine, and Surface Design Association.

EVENTS PRIOR TO THE ENCOUNTER

Thursday, July 1, 2010
Place: National Museum
• 7:00 pm: Inauguration, “METAMORPHOSIS, A NEW CYCLE,” fantasy intervention by Silvia Piza-Tandlich.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Place: Omar Dengo Foundation, Japan hall.
• 3:00 pm: Chat with Irene Anton, Germany.

Thursday, August 26
Place: Spain Cultural Center
• 7:00 pm: Inauguration, ” SOFT 4: INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL OF ACCESSORIES TO FASHION”. Guided visit by Lala de Dios.

Friday, August 27
Place: Cartago Municipal Museum
• 7:00 pm: Inauguration of exhibit, “COSTA RICAN TEXTILE CREATION.”

ENCOUNTER EVENTS

Monday, September 6
Place: National Museum
• 8:00 am: Registration to conferences, workshops, and complementary activities.
• 9:00 am: Guided visit by artist, Silvia Piza-Tandlich at fantasy intervention, “Metamorphosis, A New Cycle”. Museum dungeons.
• 10:15 am: Tour of the City of San José. See enclosed itinerary.
• 10:30 am: Chat with Lala de Dios, Spain. “PROMOTING TEXTILE CULTURE THROUGH ASSOCIATION: A ROADMAP.”
• 11:30 am: Complementary forum to conference. Moderators: Lala de Dios, Paulina Ortiz and Andrea Fischer.

Place: Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center
• 7 pm: Award giving ceremony. Official inauguration of the First Encounter of the Ibero-American Textile Network at Sophia Wanamaker Gallery, Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center.

Tuesday, September 7
Place: Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center
• 9:00 am: Conference: “IT’S A WHOLE NEW FIBER ART WORLD …OR IS IT?.” By Rebecca Stevens, USA.
• 10:00 am: Conference: “AFRO-AMERICAN WEAVING, FROM TRADITIONAL AFRO-AMERICAN QUILTS TO NICK CAVE’S SOUND SUITS.” By Dr. Robert E. Steele, USA.
• 11:00 am: Film by Carolyn Kallenbourn, USA. “INTERWOVEN LIVES: CONTEMPORARY TEXTILES OF THE OLD OAXACAN TRADITIONS.”
• 12:00 n: Pause for lunch.

Place: Spain Cultural Center
• 2:00 pm: Conference by Lala de Dios, Spain. “TEXTILE CREATION IN SPAIN AND PORTUGAL: ART, FASHION, DESIGN, AND CRAFTS.”
• 3:00 pm: Conference by Beatrijs Sterk, Holland. ”THE REAPPEARANCE OF DUTCH TEXTILE DESIGN.”
• 4:00 pm: Conference by Jessica Hemmings, UK. “MATERIAL ACTIVISM.”
• 5:00 pm: Presentation of projects registered by Encounter participants. Virginia D’Alto.
• 7:00 pm: Inauguration of the 4th SOFT International Biennial of Fashion Accessories.

Wednesday, September 8
Place: Casa de Cultura Popular José Figueres F.
• 8:00 am – 9:30 am: Breakfast / Inauguration of the exhibit, “Continuity & Innovation”, offered by Popular Bank.
• 10:00 am: Conference by Ann Pollard Rowe, USA. “LATIN AMERICAN TEXTILE HERITAGE.”
• 11:00 am: Conference by Máximo Laura, Perú. “RITUALS & VISIONS, TEXTILE ART OF PERU.”
• 12:00 n: Pause for lunch.

Place: Omar Dengo Foundation
• 2:15pm: Conference by Lia Cook, USA. “TEXTILES IN TRANSLATION: FORTY YEARS OF EXPERIMENTATION.”
• 3:00 pm: Coffee / Inauguration of exhibit, “INVITED CREATORS.”
• 4:00 pm: Conference by Carol Westfall, USA. “A LIFE AS AN ARTIST.”
• 5:00 pm: Conference: “FROM PROCESS TO PRODUCT: SURVIVAL SKILLS FOR TEXTILE ARTISTS.” Susan Taber Avila, USA.

Thursday, September 9
Place: Mexico Cultural Institute
• 9:00 am: Inauguration of exhibit, “Latin American Textile Creation” (Chile, Peru & Guatemala), and the Ibero-American Textile Fair / Coffee offered by participating embassies.
• 10:30 am: General Assembly of the Ibero-American Textile Network.
• 10:30 am – 8:00 pm: Ibero-American Textile Fair.

Place: Spain Cultural Center
• 7:00 pm: Forum: “REPERCUSSIONS OF ACCESSORIES IN FASHION DESIGN.” Positions by Lala de Dios, President of the Association of Madrid Textile Creators, and Martín Rodríguez, Director of the School of Fashion Design at Veritas University. Moderator: Paulina Ortiz, President of the Ibero-American Textile Network.

At the Port of Limón:
Limón Public Library – University of Costa Rica Caribbean Campus
Jueves 9 de Setiembre
• 5.00pm: Inauguration of exhibit, “Beyond Categories: Visions In Jazz Fiber II,” University of Costa Rica Library, Caribbean Campus, works on loan by the Women of Color Quilters Network (WCQN) & the National Afro-American Museum, Wilberforce, Ohio, USA.

• Inaugural conference by artist and educator, L’Merchie Frazier, WCQN representative, “WCQN COLLECTIVE QUILTING: CONTEMPORARY TRAJECTORIES OF AFRO-AMERICAN QUILTS, A RE-SITUATED CULTURE.”

Thursday, September 9 & Friday, September 10
• QUILTING WORKSHOPS at the Limón Public Library (subject to space availability):
Adriene Cruz, artist & quilting instructor, USA.
Ed Johnetta Miller, artist & quilting instructor, USA.
Marion Coleman, artist & quilting instructor, USA.

Friday, September 10 & Saturday, September 11
• CROSS-CULTURAL SESSIONS exclusively for students within the program, “ACCESS,” by the Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center, to be held in Pocora and at the Liceo Nuevo in Limón by Dr. Robert Steele (David C Driskell Art Center, Maryland University, U.S.A.), and WCQN representative L’Merchie Frazier. Province of Limón.

In Cartago:
Friday, September 10
• 9:30 am: Guided visit by exhibitors of “Costa Rican Textile Creation” exhibit at the new Cartago Municipal Museum.
• 11:00 am: FRIENDSHIP GATHERING at Hacienda “ Chúcaras”, Orosi Valley , Cartago. See itinerary.

Saturday, September 11
Departure of trip to Boruca Indigenous Reserve, Southern Costa Rica, or to the
Kuna Indigenous Reserve on the San Blas Archipelago in Panama.
See attached itineraries.

Monday, September 13
Place: Veritas University Campus
• 4.00pm: Conference, “THE COLLECTOR,” by Dr. Robert Steele, Executive Director Ejecutivo of David C. Driskell Center for the Arts, Maryland University, USA.
• 5.00pm: Conference, “ABOUT COLOR AND MEMORY,” by L’Merchie Frazier, WCQN representative, held at Veritas University: “Art, Design, & Architecture.”

Cost:
Registration in the cycle of conferences and workshops is free of charge, but availability of spaces is limited.

Registration:
By August 30, or on specified dates and places.

• All complementary activities such as the tour of San José, visit to Cartago, trip to Boruca, and the trip to Panama must be paid for at the time of registration and reservations.

NOTICE: This program may be subject to changes without warning.

Translation: Silvia Piza-Tandlich

Cycle of Conferences and Workshops

Redtextilia’s First Encounter has a varied program within its Cycle of Conferences and Workshops. Designed with the goal to encompass the greatest possible number of textile-oriented themes—from local cultural practices to global tendencies—it includes a select group of experts in each area. We hope they will contribute to the great dynamics of the Encounter.

LECTURES

LALA DE DIOS, SPAIN
Designer, cultural agent, President of the European Textile Network and the Association of Textile Creators of Madrid, Spain.

• THE NEW TEXTILES IN ARCHITECTURE, ART, DESIGN, AND FASHION
Never until now had textiles been present on front line within creative and cultural industries. Panoramic view at modern textile creation, with special attention to new tendencies and lifestyles, and technological changes.
• PROMOTING TEXTILE CULTURE THROUGH ASSOCIATION: A ROADMAP.
Explanation about the concept of textile culture. Associations, federations, organizations, networks. Objectives and strategies.
• TEXTILE CREATION IN SPAIN AND PORTUGAL: ART, FASHION, DESIGN, AND CRAFTS. Tendencies. Outstanding creators. Strengths and weaknesses in today’s situation.

ANN POLLARD ROWE, USA
Ann Pollard Rowe was Curator of Western Hemisphere Textiles at The Textile Museum in Washington, DC for most of her career and is now Research Associate there. She has published extensively on Peruvian, Ecuadorian, and Guatemalan textiles.

• TEXTILE HERITAGE OF LATIN AMERICA
Latin America has a rich textile heritage, based on the use of leaf fibers, cotton, and camelid hair. Yarns are made with the hands alone or with hand spindles. Dyeing of cotton was done with indigo and shellfish purple, and of camelid hair with other plant dyes and cochineal. Looping is often used for bags, and braiding was highly developed. A variety of simple looms are used in which the designs are completely hand picked, often yielding an artistic result. Textiles typically have four selvedges, and garments are made by sewing finished rectangles together, unlike the European tradition. Although archaeological textile preservation is poor in much of Latin America, it is good on the coast of Peru, where it was a major art form. In spite of competition from cheap machine-made cloth, modern survivals persist throughout Latin America.

BEATRIJS STERK, HOLLAND
Beatrijs Sterk was educated as a textile artist, worked as a textile art lecturer, was director of a creativity center and a textile art gallery, and is publisher of Textile Forum magazine since 1982 (Bilingual since 1994). Initiator (1990) and general secretary of the European Textile Network. Her interest is textile culture in the broadest sense, bringing together textile art, craft and design.

• RENEWED INTEREST IN DUTCH TEXTILE ART & DESIGN
Since some time there are signs that textiles are returning in the focus of attention in Holland, not only of the general public but also from the part of fine artists and industrial designers from other disciplines. The Museum Rijswijk near The Hague created a new Dutch Textile Biennial, that started in 2009 and will be continued on an international level in 2011. The Textile Festival in April 2010, a major meeting of all Dutch textile organisations for the leisure time textile enthusiasts, had shown an exhibition ” Tegendraads (Against he Grain)” where the organizers showed avant-garde textile art. The Dutch professional organisation for designers made a book “Mapping Conceptual Craft” featuring about 10 of he most prominent textile designers/artists at this moment. I am going to tell and show works about artists from all three events, because this renewed interest may spread around Europe and further!

• THE EUROPEAN TEXTILE NETWORK, PROBLEMS, CHANCES AND FUTURE COOPERATION
The Europen Textile Network is the sister network of the Red Textil Iberoamericana. It was founded after the fall of the Berlin wall to bring Europeans from East and West together; textile professionals from art, craft & design: from education and cultural heritage. There has been successes and failures to report about that we could share with the Red Textil. Also there is the hope that at some points we can organise joint activities, where we hope to benefit from Iberoamerican enthusiasm for textiles and we may contribute with our experiences in networking.

REBECCA STEVENS, USA
Rebecca Stevens has been the Consulting Curator of Contemporary Textiles at The Textile Museum in Washington, DC since 1980. She has curated exhibitions of contemporary fiber art for The Textile Museum, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and other national and international institutions. She has served as a juror for major exhibitions of contemporary fiber art in the United States and internationally and has lectured on this subject on five continents.

• IT’S A WHOLE NEW FIBER ART WORLD …OR IS IT?
This talk will discuss how cyberspace technology encourages and supports but does not supplant the handmade. Technology is a vital catalyst for artists and artisans alike. It not only accelerates and facilitates the process of construction but makes possible the previously impossible and rapidly disseminates works and ideas across cultural and geographic borders. Using examples of works of art from several recent and current exhibitions such as Fiberart International 2010 and the upcoming Green: the Color and the Cause, this talk will illustrate how contemporary makers use state-of-the art technology and hand techniques to make individual and collective choices in their work, enabling them to learn from and participate in a multicultural, thought provoking, art world.

LIA COOK, USA
Lia Cook is currently Professor of Art at California College of the Arts. She usually combines weaving with a variety of media including painting, photography, and digital technology. Her work embraces the sensuality of fabric and the human response of touch. Her current work explores an active emotional engagement with large scale woven faces,faces that dissolve up close into maze like patterns. Lia has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Her work is in the permanent collection of MOMA and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C., Boston Museum of Fine Arts, National Collection, France, Museum Bellerive, Zurich, and the National Gallery of Australia.

• TEXTILES IN TRANSLATION: FORTY YEARS OF EXPERIMENTATION
The lecture will present work from 1970 to today looking at the major themes that run through her body of work: the physical connection to process and materials, drapery and cloth as subject matter, pattern and the constructed image, and touch—the haptic experience with cloth. She will speak about her current investigative collaboration with neuroscientists to map the emotional response to the woven face.

DR. ROBERT STEEL, USA
Director of Driskell Art Institute, Maryland University.

• AFRICAN AMERICAN TEXTILE TRADITIONS: FROM TRADITIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN QUILTS TO THE SOUND SUITS OF NICK CAVE
1. I will begin by commenting on the traditions of African American quilts.
2. I will then discuss some artists, over time, who use textiles as the basis for their artistic creation.
3. The artists whose work I will discuss are:
a. Leo Triggs and his batiks
b. Faith Ringold and her story quilts and soft sculptures
c. Joyce and Elizabeth Scott and their quilts and soft sculptures 4. I will then discuss the sensational quilts of Gee’s Bend.
5. I will conclude with a discussion of Nick Cave’s Sound Suits.

MÁXIMO LAURA, PERU
Artist, designer, consultant, and textile lecturer.

• RITUALS AND VISIONS, TEXTILE ART OF PERU
A creative panoramic look at Peruvian textiles, viewed from the ritual to the contemporary conceptual thought, and as an essential expression form of culture in time, space and history; presented with an anthology sampler of iconic works from the past, and their continuity to the current creative ones—so varied, rich, singular, and complex.

SUSAN TABER AVILA, USA
Susan Taber Avila is an artist who uses textiles to enhance perception of contemporary culture. She is a professor of Design (Fashion & Textiles) at the University of California at Davis, and a Sunshine Scholar at Wuhan Textile University in Wuhan, China. Her innovative machine stitched artwork is exhibited nationally and internationally, and her work has been published in numerous books and periodicals.

• FROM PROCESS TO PRODUCT: SURVIVAL SKILLS FOR TEXTILE ARTISTS
This talk and discussion is intended to be a catalyst for innovative design thinking and entrepreneurial action. We’ll look at current issues and trends in the field including examples from fashion designers, fine artists, and recent graduates, and discuss how to convert a passion for textiles into an economically viable career. Topics will include setting goals and defining success, working collaboratively, commercial

CAROL WESTFALL, USA
Carol Westfall taught at both Columbia University’s Teacher’s College in New York City and in the Fine Arts Department at Montclair State University in New Jersey. Professor Westfall retired in 2002 and is currently a freelance artist who exhibits and lectures internationally as well as nationally. Westfall refers to her work as “conceptual craft”.

• ONE ARTIST’S LIFE
During her long career, Carol Westfall has lived and worked in many different countries. The artist has discovered that there is a universality of spirit and language which is shared by all in the arts. The computer, the internet, the web have done much to unite us across the globe in our individual quest for knowledge and understanding of what it means to be human in this time of high tech.

CAROLYN KALLENBOURN, USA
Carolyn Kallenborn is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Design Studies Department. Since 2003, Professor Kallenborn has been co-leading study abroad trips to Oaxaca, Mexico. With her students, she stays in small indigenous villages and works side by side with the artisans. In addition, she has worked on multiple design and teaching collaborations with Oaxacan textile artists and the Oaxaca Textile Museum. The inspiration for her own artwork comes from the rich exchange of ideas and culture with the artists and craftsmen in Oaxaca.

• VIDAS ENTRETEJIDAS: PRE-RELEASE PRESENTATION
Carolyn Kallenborn will film clips and discuss the making of the 54 minute documentary, “Vidas Entretejidas: Textiles Contemporáneos de las Tradiciones Antiguas Oaxaqueñas” about the Zapotec weavers of Oaxaca Mexico. The film, which is produced in conjunction with Galli Film Studios LLC will be released in November 2010.
DESCRIPTION OF FILM:
Drawing upon the richness of sights, sounds and beauty of the people and the region, this motion picture documentary will look at 5 different Zapotec families in the Oaxaca Central Valleys. Their extraordinary work illustrates how the art of weaving cloth has helped the Zapotecs hold on to their ancient culture and identity for thousands of years. This same craft is allowing this ancient culture to continue to survive today, in the current global economy.

IRENE ANTON, GERMANY

CAROLYN MAZLOOMY, USA
• “TEXTURAL RHYTHMS: QUILTING THE JAZZ TRADITION”

JESSICA HEMMINGS, ENGLAND
Associate director of the Centre for Visual & Cultural Studies at Edingburg University, Scotland. http://jessicahemmings.com/about.html
Directora Asociada del Centro de Estudios Visuales y Culturales de la Universidad de Edinburgo, Escocia. http://jessicahemmings.com/about.html She has recently edited In the Loop: Knitting Now (Black Dog: 2010) and is currently compiling a collection of critical writing about textiles (Berg: 2011).

• MATERIAL ACTIVISM
Textiles and activism may sound like a bit of an odd couple, but in response to the current economic climate a number of activist textile projects are gaining considerable momentum. Guerrilla workshops are popping up in communities to share basic mending skills; novices and experts are making textiles to fundraise for community causes; government policies are under critique; and textiles are appearing as temporary decorative elements for the simple purpose of encouraging us to pause and look at our surroundings. Using the textile in these ways is not entirely new, but one benefit of the current economic downturn is a renewed interest in the potential of the textile as a material for activism.

Translation: Silvia Piza-Tandlich

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