We are introducing a new series called Textile Hours!
Textile Arts Center hosts Textile Hour to highlight contemporary textile artists. Jump behind the scenes with these creatives who will share their process. 45 minutes will be a presentation from the guest artist followed by 15 minutes of moderated Q&A.
Date and Time: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Join artist Caroline Kaufman for a studio visit and tufting demo, and learn more about her painting practice, textile work and what inspires her.
Caroline Kaufman is a New York City based textile artist. Her work investigates the interaction between color, texture, and pattern through processes of traditional craft. The artist uses synesthesia as well as an instinctual relationship with color to translate daydreams into abstract color depictions.
Caroline holds a BFA in Fashion Design with a focus in textiles from Pratt Institute. She is a national winner of the Windgate Fellowship from the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design. Other achievements include a Positive Impact Award (Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator, 2015), a Junior Venture Fellowship (Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator, 2015), Varda Artist Residency returning artist (Sausalito California, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020).
Date and Time: Monday, November 30, 2020 at 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Join artist Yuchen Chang in exploring the relationship between book arts and textile arts and what inspires her practice.
Chang Yuchen works in an interdisciplinary manner – writing as weaving, drawing as translation, teaching as hospitality and commerce as everyday revolution (see Use Value). Yuchen has been an artist in residence at MASS MoCA, Offshore, MAD Museum, Bananafish Books and Textile Art Center. She has shown/performed her works at UCCA Dune, Taikwun Contemporary, Abrons Art Center, Para Site, Salt Projects, and Assembly Room, among others. Yuchen teaches through Center for Book Arts, Printed Matter, Asia Art Archive in America, CUE Art Foundation and more.
During my residency at TAC in 2018, we visited an exhibition on Balinese textile at Bard Graduate Center. At the same time, there was an exhibition on codex in late antiquity era downstairs, where I learned that the earliest binding technique was inspired by socks -- the stitching on the spine of a coptic was done with the same “half-looping” technique that Egyptians knitted socks with. Wisdom travels among different crafts, we are naturally interdisciplinary. In this lecture, I invite you will explore the intersection between book arts and textile arts with me, in their material, structure, content and sensitivity.