Textiles and RISD Museum collaborate on “Designing Traditions”
The Textile Society of America Biennial Symposium theme this Fall was “New Directions: Examining the Past, Creating the Future”. The theme explored change and innovation in the past while looking at the state of the field of textiles, textile study, production and creativity, today and for the future. There were presentations ranging from textile conservation, textile histories, the business of textile, textile innovations and so much more. The program included two full days of multiple concurrent sessions on the UCLA campus and a full day of plenary sessions at LACMA. There were also special exhibitions and workshops at regional art institutions, collections and artist studios.
As one of the concurrent sessions, Joe Segal (Critic, Textiles) presented on a panel along with Anais Missakian (Textile Department Head, Interim Dean of Fine Arts), Kate Irving (Curator, Department of Costume and Textiles) and Laurie Brewer (Assistant Curator, Department of Costume and Textiles).
The panel discussed the unique way in which the RISD Textile Department collaborates with the RISD Museum Costume and Textile Collection in the “Designing Traditions” project, an annual project where the Textile faculty and Costume and Textile curators select a group of historical documents for the students to research and develop new works from over the course of a semester. Segal specifically presented about my personal experience creating work in the “Designing Traditions” project as a grad student at RISD as well as becoming a faculty member who has guided students working on the same project within my Industrial Knitting Course.