EGA is delighted to be sponsoring the speakers for The Textile Society of America virtual Stitch-ins. The TSA is hosting virtual lecture/discussion/stitch-in sessions on a variety of subjects which will interest many EGA members.
The next Textile Society of America Stitch-In will be on December 20 at 7pm Eastern and will feature guest Dr. Sharbreon Plummer, who was recently a guest in our Virtual lecture Series.
She will discuss how her great grandmother’s life laid the foundation for an unexpected pathway into research and the celebration of Black women’s work across textile history. She will discuss her dissertation, Haptic Memory, as well as two forthcoming public projects.
Dr. Sharbreon Plummer (Baton Rouge, LA) is a facilitator, artist and storyteller with an interest in the intersections of Black life, history and artistic production. Her dissertation, Haptic Memory: Resituating Black Women’s Lived Experiences in Fiber Art Narratives, was awarded the ABARAKA Award by the San Antonio Ethnic Art Society and the Manuel Barkan Dissertation Award by The Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy at Ohio State. Dr. Plummer has been featured as an artist-in-residence at Rogers Art Loft (Las Vegas, NV) and Arquetopia (Forthcoming May 2022). She is the founder of AYA Thought Studio and serves as an Adjunct Professor in the University of Houston’s M.A. in Arts Leadership program. She is also a contributor to Surface Design Magazine and Quiltfolk. Learn more about Dr. Plummer at: https://www.ayathought.studio/
Please join us! And invite others that you think would be interested– it’s free and open to the public!
More about the Stitch-In series from the Textile Society of America
The Textile Society of America is launching a new “TSA Stitch-In” series starting February 2021. Each Stitch-In will be 1.5-2 hrs. long. For the first 45 minutes, we will be inviting a guest speaker to share their work and the remaining time will allow for informal group discussion. In the new virtual environment that we find ourselves due to the pandemic, scholarly and professional networking and interacting have become limited. Our biennial Symposium was successfully held virtually in October 2020 to excellent reviews. The presentations were able to go on with this format and it was a great week of scholarly sharing. Since the Symposium, we have been investigating new ways to enhance scholarly and professional interaction online. We are launching the “TSA Stitch In” series as a direct result as we found many of our members missed the informal discussion and meeting that naturally happens at an in-person event. Our Stitch-In will be held every other month and with the direct goal of providing a platform for TSA members whose work integrates stitching, whether with a focus on making, theory or history, to share their work and provide an online space for the sharing of ideas with textiles professionals to help encourage new directions in stitch-based artistic work and research. We hope to harness the positives of holding such events in a virtual environment to more broadly disseminate the work of current stitch-focused artists and researchers.
We are excited that the Embroiderers Guild of America has generously sponsored the six Stitch-In’s for 2021 in February, April, June, August, October, and December. To hear all the latest news about upcoming Stitch-In’s please subscribe to the TSA Stitch-In mail group at this link.