Turning over anew….

Happy New Year! I have been considering various points of departure for this year’s blog posts and have arrived at several which are interrelated.  As part of a lecture series I recently presented, I looked at various “slow textile” practices from historical, cross-cultural and contemporary perspectives.  Many slow textile practices that have been a part of human culture for millennia endure to this day and are enjoying major resurgences.  In their contemporary form, I wonder how many of them fare in terms of issues like energy and other non-renewable resource costs, social and environmental justice, and so on.  And further, what,…

A Mirror In Time

Some years ago, I was fortunate to be able to spend a couple of weeks in Spain with my aunt and cousin.  It was a typical whirlwind trip but I tried to soak up everything I could about the area, in spite of catching a cold almost immediately upon getting off of the airplane!  One of the highlights for me was the time we spent in Barcelona taking in the work of Catalan master architect Antonio Gaudí, who primarily practiced in Barcelona in the 19th and early 20th centuries – the images shown here are from a visit to glorious…

Cross-Fertilized

With the Dalai Lama in our midst, I am reminded of how Buddhism made its way from India, across Central Asia, to China along the silk routes during the “axial” period (roughly the first millenium BCE).  Cultural exchange along the overland silk routes was vast and really began much earlier than this era; however, an major expansion of human endeavor occurred during this period, including in the creation of cloth.  Indeed, the “silk road” derives its name from the extensive silk fabric trade that occurred during the later centuries of the Axial Period, along with all other manner of textiles…

In the Clouds

I’ve been catching up on reading in the middle of a busy production schedule and am finding great nourishment for thought in all of it.  From reviewing back issues of FiberArts, to exploring the history of various favorite textile techniques (e.g., Memory on Cloth by Yoshiko Wada – see the Books and Inspiration page in this blog), to essays on craft theory, I have covered an enormous amount of ground and have much more to cover yet!  One of the topics that interests me in exploring historic and contemporary cloth is the cross-fertilization and apparent concurrent generation of textile “technology”…