Hey folks! Roving fashion reporters/artists Meghan Price and Kate Jackson recently returned from the Textile Society of America Biennial Symposium in Los Angeles, California. Immediately struck by the fashion flare of their fellow textile connaisseurs, the two have brought us this visual spectacle to enjoy.
Shoe Designer Chris Francis of Lovecraft Leather and his sparkly pal at the opening of New Directions the first juried exhibition of TSA members work at the symposium.(Meghan’s work is in this show!!)
Ray of sunshine and jacquard weaver Ruth Scheuing at the TSA Awards Banquet.
From Kimonos to fingernails, indigo was EVERYWHERE!
Tatsuhiko Murai of Ooigawa Kudzu-fu Weaving Studio was showing in the marketplace at the symposium. He wore some amazing clothes each day and told us all about weaving and dying his cloth. Very Impressive!
We spotted Tatsuhiko Murai and company walking with World Shibori Network’s Yoshiko Wada in the early morning California sunlight.
From Indiana University- symposium presenter, Rowland Ricketts has THE best fingernails. Some people were head over heels for his curls (not pictured) but we loved his manicure! Rowland’s presentation on his current work and indigo processing was so inspiring. We just learned his studio is a 2014 Crafts Finalist with Martha Stewart American Made.
Karen Mack has been living and teaching in Japan for 15 years. She donned a different kimono and obi every day of the symposium. Remarkable!
Textiles from Turkey and Vietnam stand side by side. Such great texture, pattern and colour.
Speaking of pattern and colour, representing Hamilton, Ontario – these three super smart ladies Thea Haines, Jen Anisef, and Tara Bursey of Pulling Strings glammed it up on Friday night. Their presentation Textiles, Community and DIY in Post-Industrial Hamilton, heard earlier that same day was most certainly a highlight of the symposium.
We needed to inquire about this stunning woven reminiscent of the Bauhaus. PHD candidate and TSA award winner Hadley Jensen stunned us with her admission that in fact the coat came from ZARA. Oh the temptation of fast fashion… (discuss amongst yourselves)
Hector Meneses is working with local craftspeople and traditional techniques to create products for the Textile Museum of Oaxaca gift shop. This shirt is a prototype and we love it.
Tanya Aguiñiga has a line of jewellery on etsy that funds her stellar art practice. Meghan got to visit her studio and other dreamy California studios during one of the pre-symposium field trips.
There really were just so many clothes and shoes on so many interesting people that we heard amazing stories about. But way too much info to share in this post. Feast your eyes on some of the textiles we snapped photos of.
Meghan and Kate