Friday, March 19, 2010

Textile Related Podcasts - Part 2

Textile Related Podcasts – Part 1

Jeanne Williamson - 29:34 minute interview - WICN Public Radio - In 1999 Jeanne decided to expand the limits of her understanding of her art, by making one small quilt a week for the entire year. This process encouraged her to think outside the box of how quilts can be made and what they can be made from and changed forever her concept of quilting. Materials like plastic fruit bags, dryer lint, coffee filters, coins and even stones all were incorporated into an amazing series of visually intriguing quilted works, many wonderful works of abstract art.

Sonya Clark - 10/12/2008 25 minute Interview - Museum of Contemporary Craft - Namita Gupta Wiggers, curator at Museum of Contemporary Craft, talks with Manuf®actured artist Sonya Clark about her recent series of work using combs, hairdressing as a primordial fiber art, and the social and historical significance of the black plastic fine toothed comb. Includes an informal Q & A with museum visitors.

Glenn Adamsom - 2/21/09 - 1 1/2 hour lecture - Craft in the 21st Century: Directions and Displacements - Museum of Contemporary Craft - Adamson is one of the most dynamic theorists currently considering craft. A leading force in the development of an academic framework for craft, he is hailed by writer and historian Garth Clark as one of craft’s fresh, young, nontraditional voices. Adamson dispenses with clichéd approaches to craft theory, posing such questions as: Is craft truly a subcategory of art, or rather its antithesis, challenging art’s most fundamental values? Why is craft perceived as subservient to art? Could craft’s orphaned status actually be its great strength? Framing his discussion broadly throughout contemporary aesthetic culture, Adamson provides ripe context for a range of visual practitioners including fine artists, designers, architects, historians and indie crafters.

The Changing Dynamics of Craft and Design - 4/9/2009 - Panelists include Andrew Wagner, editor in chief of American Craft magazine; Namita Gupta Wiggers, Curator Museum of Contemporary Craft; JP Reuer, Chair of the MFA in Applied Craft and Design program, offered jointly by Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) and Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA); and Karl Burkheimer, OCAC Wood Department Head. Moderated by Tim DuRoche, Community Program Manager at Portland Center Stage.

Garth Clark - How Envy Killed the Craft Movement: An Autopsy in Two Parts - 10/16/2008 - Garth Clark presents his first lecture on the craft field as a whole - and his first public lecture in years. Clark is a leading international writer on modern and contemporary ceramics today - a provocative, controversial but deeply informed voice. In this two-part program, Clark will analyze the current state of American Craft, then invite the audience to join him in an examination of how aesthetics, economics and art-envy have "killed" this 20th century movement.
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Lynn Mclure – In this 21 minute podcast, Lynn is interviewed at Penland by Steve Miller about how she integrates her textile art with her book art.

"Modern Materials: The Art of the Quilt" - 29 minute podcast Interview with Jill Rumoshosky Werner

Maiwa Textile Symposiums:

     African Textiles: The Heart of the Yoruba
  • PART 1 - In this lecture master craftsman Gasali Adeyemo opens the evening with a description of his early life in Nigeria and tells how fibre art came into his life. As a participant of the Nike Centre for Arts and Culture, both as a student and later as a teacher, Gasali encountered a range of traditional crafts. He gives a description of the famous adire techniques and illustrates how they relate to Yoruba culture.
  • PART 2 – In this lecture master craftsman Gasali Adeyemo fields questions from the audience about traditional techniques and about working in Africa and Santa Fe. Gasali concludes with a story about the role of clothing and cloth in life.  
     The Cotton Road 
  • PART 1 - In part one Rosemary Crill describes the scope and range of India's trade, its historic beginnings and describes in detail the commerce with the countries in the east.
  • PART 2 - In part two Rosemary Crill explores India's cotton trade with the west. Printed cotton known as "chintz" changed the very fabric of life itself - especially in the British Commonwealth.
  • PART 3 - In part three Rosemary Crill explores India's trade with the west as the focus shifted from printed cottons to muslins and Kashmir shawls. She concludes her lecture by answering some questions from the audience.
     Masters of the Art: The Khatri Blockprinters of Dhamadka and Ajrakhpur

  • PART 1 - Ajrakh has become the signature cloth of the Khatris. It is a cotton textile traditionally dyed with indigo and madder, and printed on both sides with complex geometric and floral patterns using hand-carved wooden blocks. There are between 14 and 16 individual stages of preparation, printing, and dyeing. The process can take 15–21 days to complete.

  • PART 2 - After the formal presentation the evening was opened up for questions from the audience. The questions explored trade patterns, the technique and culture of blockcutting, how the excavated textiles from Fustat, Egypt have found their way back into contemporary Ajrakh designs, tradition and the future of the art.  
London’s Enterprise Centre for the Creative Arts – “Choosing to make your career as a fine artist is a notoriously difficult path to follow. Income can be unpredictable and sourcing funding can be a minefield. Knowing how much to charge and how to work with funders, curators and galleries are vital skills for survival. This podcast brings together an artist, a collector and a specialist artist's advisor to uncover practical advice on how to make money and working with others within the fine art world.”

The Arts Now Podcast #26 - 18 minute conversation with curators of the Big Fibre, Little Fibre exhibit about how the featured textile artists are bringing sexy back and proving that textile art is just as edgy and relevant as all contemporary art forms.

Bonnie McCaffery provides access to the amazing list of podcast & Vidcast interviews she has conducted with textile artists


yasmin sabur said...

Hi Gwen, thanks for all of your hard work on your blog. Always informational and often entertaining.
I received the following via email and because I know of your interest in copyright issues thought it might be useful.


White House Seeks Artists' Comments to Improve Copyright Protection


New Copyright Czar begins Joint Strategic Plan to Protect Intellectual Property

Victoria Espinel is the first U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC), also known as the Copyright Czar. Congress created IPEC by an Act of Congress. Ms. Espinel serves within the Executive Office of the President to coordinate with all the federal agencies that fight the infringement of intellectual property.

Ms. Espinel and her team are specifically tasked with formulating and implementing a Joint Strategic Plan to help protect the ingenuity and creativity of Americans by improving the U.S. Government's protection of the rights of intellectual property owners.

Your input is requested.

The White House is inviting your public input and participation to shape an effective intellectual property enforcement strategy. Please respond with your written submissions regarding the costs to you, your business and the U.S. economy resulting from infringement of your intellectual property rights, both direct and indirect.

This will be a 2-part process.
The first is to gather public recommendations by March 24. IPEC will then gather your input on the formulated plan.

Please be precise.
Include your name, city, state, and what type of artist you are. Explain why copyright is critical to you as a commercial artist, how infringement affects you, and what the U.S. government can do to better protect the rights of American artists. If your submission is about your economic loss due to infringement of your copyrights you must clearly identify the methodology used to calculate your losses or otherwise validate your infringement and enforcement costs.

Your submission will be publicly posted.
For this reason, please do not include in your comments information of a confidential nature, such as sensitive personal information or proprietary information.

Confidential disclosures.
If you have confidential business information that would support your recommendation or that you believe would help the Government formulate an effective enforcement strategy, please let them know by contacting:
Thomas L. Stoll
Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator
(202) 395-1808

Deadline: Submissions must be received by Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at 5 p.m. EST.

Address: All submissions should be sent electronically via

Additional Background Reading:

White House Blog:

Federal Register Notice Request:

- Brad Holland and Cynthia Turner for the Board of the Illustrators' Partnership

Yasmin Sabur

Gwen Magee (Gwendolyn) said...

Thanks so much Yasmin. This is right on time. I will definitely share this information with Kimberly Shaw.

Its really interesting how very little time artists are being given to respond.