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Cross Currents: Land, Labor and the Port. Textile Society of America 15th Biennial Symposium

15th Biennial Symposium
Savannah, GA, October 19-23, 2016
Organized in Partnership with SCAD

The 2016 Symposium consisted of multiple, concurrent sessions, plenary and keynote speakers, a poster session and curated exhibitions that intersected with the scholarly program. Participants were invited to explore the ways in which textiles shape, and are shaped by historical, geographical, technological and economic aspects of colonization and/or globalization. How and why have textile practices moved around? As they travel, how have they been translated, modified, or used within acts of compliance or resistance? What impact have different regimes of labor, consumption, aesthetic valuation, or political/social economy had on textile production, use, and circulation? These questions apply to contemporary or historical fine art, utilitarian, or ethnographic textiles, and are addressed through scholarship or creative practice.

Due to its location and history, the southern United States is an ideal place to examine the interaction between local practices and global markets. Contributions explore textile practice in the broader contexts of agriculture, labor, innovation, or exchange. Papers represent a range of historic and contemporary perspectives on the role of technology and alternative economies in shaping design, production, circulation, consumption, exhibition, collection, valuation, interpretation and use of textiles. Presenters come from around the world and represent a range of textile-related disciplines and interdisciplinary areas, including but not limited to history, anthropology, archaeology, art, conservation, geography, design, economics, ethnic studies, history, linguistics, material culture studies, mathematics, science, political science, sociology, and theater, among others.

For full Symposium details please visit the TSA website: textilesocietyofamerica.org/tsa_symposium/symposium2016/

  1. Spoils of Lost Tradition

    Amanda Phillips: Crossed Currents: Velvets in the Ottoman Empire

    Session 12
    Friday, October 21st 2016

    For more information about the program please see textilesociety.org

  2. Spoils of Lost Tradition

    Ruth Souza: Mending As Metaphor - Finding Community by Slow Stitching in a Fast Paced World

    Session 13
    Friday, October 21st 2016

    For more information about the program please see textilesociety.org

  3. Indigo and Beyond

    Donna Brown: Growing a Natural Dye Garden

    Session 14
    Friday, October 21st 2016

    For more information about the program please see textilesociety.org

  4. Indigo and Beyond

    Donna Hardy: The Indigo of Ossabaw Island, a True American Indigo

    Session 15
    Friday, October 21st 2016

    For more information about the program please see textilesociety.org

  5. Indigo and Beyond

    Catharine Ellis: Applications of Cross Dyeing with Natural Dyes

    Session 16
    Friday, October 21st 2016

    For more information about the program please see textilesociety.org

  6. Beyond Indigo

    Sonja Dahl: America’s Indigo Obsession: From Colonial Plantations to Contemporary DIY Ethos

    Session 17
    Friday, October 21st 2016

    For more information about the program please see textilesociety.org