The Quilt Alliance is excited to join with five other fiber organizations to present “Textile Talks”, a virtual lecture series you can enjoy from home.

“Textile Talks” features weekly presentations and panel discussions from the International Quilt Museum, the Modern Quilt Guild, Quilt Alliance, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, Studio Art Quilt Associates and Surface Design Association. The programs are presented live on Zoom at 2 p.m. Eastern (adjust for your time zone) each Wednesday. 

Preregistration is required and recordings for all past Textile Talks are available here.

Upcoming Textile Talks

Wednesday, June 9, 2pm EDT (Register now)
Abstract Design in American Quilts at 50: Raising the Profile
Presented by: International Quilt Museum

This week’s Textile Talk, “Abstract Design in American Quilts at 50: Raising the Profile” is presented by Dr. Jonathan Gregory for the International Quilt Museum. Quilts have been part of American folk culture for more than 200 years, but in 1971 a premier art museum raised quilts’ profile by exhibiting them as art in the country’s cultural capital, New York City. “Abstract Design in American Quilts” at the Whitney Museum of American Art, along with many subsequent exhibitions and much positive publicity—and some negative, opened new spaces for quilts in the evolving American social and cultural landscape.
“Raising the Profile” explores these spaces and the quilts and the quiltmakers who circulated within them

Wednesday, June 16, 2pm EDT (Register now)
How to Stitch a Macrochip: Enlivening History through E-Textiles
Presented by: San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles

Join San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles for a conversation with Helen Remick and Samantha Shorey, key members of the NASA-inspired Core Memory Quilt project!

The Core Memory Quilt is an interactive textile that tells the story of the women who made the computer hardware for the Apollo moon missions. Art quilter Helen Remick sewed the quilt using fabric, conductive thread and a programmable circuit board. Each square on the quilt contains a historical recording of the Apollo engineers, which can be played (and tweeted) when touched. Inspired by the woven wires of core memory artifacts, the quilt shows the intricate beauty of these technologies and the ingenuity of those who made them. The quilt was produced through a collaborative project at the Tactile and Tactical Design Lab at the University of Washington, under the direction of Dr. Daniela Rosner and with the participation of Samantha Shorey and Brock Craft.

Wednesday, June 23, 2pm EDT (Register now)
To Honor and Comfort: Native Quilting Traditions
Presented by: Modern Quilt Guild

In 1998 the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian opened a landmark exhibition called To Honor and Comfort: Native Quilting Traditions which provided an overview of over 200 years of quiltmaking by indigenous artists in America. Two individuals involved in that exhibition and related publication will present a brief introduction to Native quilting history, show examples of work by artists today, and show how the Quilt Index can be a tool for locating more information on Native quilts and their makers.

Presenters: Marsha MacDowell, Ph.D. is Professor and Curator of Folk Arts and Quilt Studies, Michigan State University Museum, and Director of The Quilt Index. She has authored numerous publications on quilt history. Margaret Wood is a quilt artist and clothing designer. She of Navajo and Oklahoma Seminole Indian descent and that is reflected in her artwork. She is an active volunteer with American Indian organizations in Arizona.

Wednesday, June 30, 2pm EDT (Register link coming soon)
All in the Family: Quiltmaking Across Generations
Presented by: Quilt Alliance

Join us for a conversation about quiltmaking across generations. We’ll hear from mothers and daughters about sewing together, and what they learn from each other. Whether you’re a mother, daughter, or just a lover of quilts, we hope you’ll attend this celebration of family and quilts.

Thank you to our these generous sponsors for underwriting the Textile Talks series.

Recordings of Textile Talks presented by the Quilt Alliance


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