Textile Summit – Los Angeles Textile Month

Textile Arts Los Angeles announces its second annual Textile Summit: Materiality & Method, September 28-29, 2019, at the Helms Design Center in Culver City. The weekend symposium features researchers, artists, and creators working at the intersections of art and craft, and serves as a capstone event for the region’s first annual Textile Month, celebrating textiles throughout Southern California.

Karen Hampton Textiles
Installation

The summit will explore how artists and designers approach material, and how they manipulate, re-imagine, and transcend its use and possibilities. Speakers include a stimulating mix of artists, designers, and entrepreneurs representing interpretations, techniques, and inspirations from various continents and cultural backgrounds. The breadth of perspective offered is intended to open inquiry about our own practice, our relationship to material, and our sense of what is possible, as well as provoke dialogue about Los Angeles’ position as a cross-cultural, artistically rich urban resource.

Aneesa Shami
Ocean, detail

The line-up includes Janice Arnold, artist; Eno Jonah, designer and founder of Nzuri Textiles; Vanny Diserbeau, founder of Red Tribe; Alia Ali, artist; Sarah Haskell, artist and educator; and Emily Zaiden, Director of Craft in America.

Alia Ali, artist (and summit speaker) photo credit: Nicholas Sharer
Sarah Haskell, artist (and summit speaker)
Sarah Haskell
Well Used, Well Loved

“Los Angeles is ideally situated, geographically and in temperament, to inspire disruptive change in the textile systems we support and the choices we make.Making textiles is surely one of the world’s oldest, and most influential, professions. With our second summit, Materiality & Method, we hope to cement our presence in the LA textile community, signal our intention to establish a month long textile-themed celebration, and engage the broader LA community in a dialogue about the influence and ubiquity of textiles,” states co-director Lesley Roberts.

Carol Shaw-Sutton
Spirit Canoes
Photo: Courtesy of Craft in America

Since its inception two years ago, Textile Arts LA has emerged as a thriving collective for knowledge, thoughtful action, and professional support. The organization has expanded its membership to more than 150 working professionals and enthusiastic craftspeople who share a vision and commitment to textile arts and artistic expression.


MATERIALITY & METHOD: A TEXTILE SUMMIT

September 28-29, 2019

• A two-day symposium featuring researchers, artists, and creators working at the intersections of art and craft

• Exploring how artists and designers approach material, and how they manipulate, re-imagine, and transcend its use and possibilities.

• Sunday will feature workshops geared to professionals and enthusiasts, designed to reinvigorate your professional practice, enchant you through the transformation of found and natural objects, and teach digital skills.

• Speakers include a stimulating mix of artists, designers, and entrepreneurs working artistically and commercially, representing interpretations, techniques, and inspirations from various continents and cultural backgrounds. The breadth of perspective offered is intended to open inquiry into our own practice, our relationship to material, and our sense of what is possible, as well as provoke dialogue about Los Angeles’ position as a cross-cultural, artistically rich urban resource.

• Speakers, workshops, networking, cocktail hour with trunk show

Click here For more information and to register


Elise Vazelakis

Materiality & Method Exhibition

Materiality & Method, a small works fiber show runs in concert with Textile Arts’ second annual textile summit, also titled Materiality & Method.  The show runs Sunday, September 8 – Saturday, October 5th, 2019 with an opening reception Sunday, September 8th from 4-6 p.m., in Daniella Carter’s architectural studio Pretty Smart in Long Beach, CA.

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