Sunday, January 14, 2007

March meeting: URI Textile Collection & RISD Museum show

Hello Spin sisters and brothers....

....This week I was finally able to
get a date for our guild visit to the URI Textile collection. We will be
able to visit on Saturday,March 10th, from 1-4 pm. Mark your calendars accordingly.

For those of you interested in the exhibit at the RISD museum, it is a small exhibit of very beautiful contemporary ikats and embroidered cloths from Uzbekistan. You could easily see it on any Sunday during the "free" hours before 1pm. It doesn't take long. Sundays are a great time to get a parking space, too.
This is the blurb from the Museum's site describing the exhibit.

A Curator’s Tale of Uzbekistan

October 13-February 11, 2006

Curator of Costume + Textiles Madelyn Shaw and five others visited Uzbekistan in Spring 2006, a trip sponsored by the Institute for Trade and Development (Amherst, MA) and funded by the US State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The group spent a week in the historic city of Khiva — where two workshops are being developed as sustainable craft businesses — and passed another week in Bukhara, Samarkand and Tashkent. This exhibition presents contemporary textiles acquired by Shaw for RISD’s collection, including examples executed in traditional embroidery and ikat (tie-dye) techniques and a very modern evening gown designed by Nodira Subkhanova that uses a new but traditional silk ikat fabric. Also on display are photographs of their experiences taken by group members.

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