Virtual Lecture Series
Embroidery history, culturally diverse techniques and textile traditions
EGA’s Education Department is pleased to announce a Virtual Lecture Series that will be given and available to members over Zoom.
On the second Saturday of every month at 1PM Eastern, a guest lecturer will speak to us about culturally diverse embroidery techniques and textile traditions. Attendance is limited to 100 participants randomly selected from a signup list gathered during the registration period for each lecture.
Among topics discussed will be the history, the symbolism, the purpose, the practicality of how this embroidery has passed down through generations. Many of the embroidery techniques are passed down orally and by watching how it’s done, with no written instructions or patterns to follow. Besides the beauty of the traditional embroidery, there is sadness, joy and triumph in many of these stories.
Come join us and learn about the embroiderers who preceded us and admire their gorgeous creations. It promises to be an interesting hour in your day! Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s how the Virtual Lecture Series process works
Step 1: During the registration period for a lecture, click the title of the lecture below to learn more and sign up.
Step 2: The list of all the members interested is randomized and the first 100 members will be sent an email indicating they are registered. The remaining members will be placed on a waiting list.
Step 3: Start getting ready for your virtual lecture by reading the Participant Etiquette for the Virtual Lecture Series and making sure your name on Zoom displays your first and last name. If you have issues, seek assistance as detailed in the welcome letter. Tip: Find helpful Zoom documents by searching for Zoom in Document Downloads.
Step 4: Receive Zoom invitation 48 hours before the lecture starts.
Step 5: Enjoy the virtual lecture!
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I sign-up for a lecture?
In the interest of fairness for all members, the Virtual Lectures will registration will be via a lottery. Each upcoming lecture description will contain the date and time sign-ups begin. Sign-ups will remain open for one week after that date and time. All names on that list will be run through a randomization app. The first 100 randomized members will be sent an email indicating they are registered. The remaining members will be placed on a waiting list. If at the end of the week, the number of sign-ups exceeds 150, sign-ups will be closed.
You will be asked to provide your name and email address. It is important that the information you enter matches what is in your EGA profile. The email address you enter is used to validate that you are an EGA member. Only EGA members will be signed up – if your entered email address doesn’t match what is on record, then you won’t be added to the list. You can join EGA as a Member-at-large here, or Find a Chapter here.
If you’re not sure what your primary EGA email is, login and check your profile information by clicking the Profile tab above Membership Information once you are logged in. The email address you are using to log in will be listed there. Need help logging in to the EGA website? Contact email@example.com.
If you determine that you are unable to attend a lecture (irrespective on whether you are registered or on the wait list), please cancel by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When will I get my Zoom invitation?
The Zoom invitations will be sent out 48 hours before the lecture is scheduled to start.
How do I cancel my reservation?
Email email@example.com to cancel a reservation. Doing so will allow a member on the waiting list to take your place.
What if the sign-ups are closed because the lecture is full?
If the maximum number of attendees is reached, a waiting list will be created. To be placed on that list, click the link to “sign up to show your interest in this lecture”.
You will be asked to provide your name and email address. It is important that the information you enter matches what is in your EGA profile. The email address you enter is used to validate that you are an EGA member. Only EGA members will be put on the waiting list – if your entered email address doesn’t match what is on record, then you won’t be added to the waiting list.
If you’re not sure what your primary EGA email is, login and check your profile information by clicking the Profile tab above Membership Information once you are logged in. The email address you are using to log in will be listed there. As cancellations occur, members will be moved from the waiting list to the attendee list.
Why wasn’t I admitted into the lecture? Why must my name match the list?
It is primarily a security issue. We do not wish to deal with the Zoom bombers that show up uninvited at meetings. Some of the “names “ recently seeking admittance are PuckstersRazzleB2, PC, my iPhone, 15555551212, 135794, Susie, firstname.lastname@example.org. We have no way of knowing who is behind such “names”.
We also wish to make sure that all the registered members are admitted. Without this name validation, it is possible that a Zoom invitation was inappropriately shared and ultimately someone with a reservation will be denied admission because the maximum number of attendees was reached.
Download the Participant Etiquette document. It spells out the requirement for credentials that match your EGA information. The Virtual Lecture Series team will work with anyone who wishes to run a test of their credentials or needs assistance in setting their name. Please refer to the pre-lecture memo from the team or contact email@example.com if we can help you.
Why is the limit 100 attendees?
The EGA Zoom license is limited to 100 meeting participants.
When the Virtual Lecture Series began, there were several parameters for the lectures – the limit of the existing EGA Zoom account to 100 participants and that lectures would not be recorded.
When the January lecture quickly sold out, we evaluated the obvious alternatives and reached out to the lecturers with whom we had a contract.
The negotiated contracts were for a maximum of 100 participants. No speaker under contract was interested in speaking to a larger audience. There are business concerns behind this decision. Many of our speakers’ target market is EGA chapters. If National offers a lecture to what could possibly be five or six chapter opportunities, their potential audience diminishes significantly.
Increasing the number of attendees would significantly raise speaker’s fees. The budget for this series would not support the increase. Either the number of lectures would be reduced or the lectures would no longer be free to members. Additional administrative and credit card processing fees would be incurred and included in the cost of admittance.
The popularity of this lecture series reflects a significant demand for this type of education. The Virtual Lecture Series Committee strongly recommends that regions and chapters offer this type of education to their members. A list of lecturers available to teach or present virtually, can be found in Document Downloads(Member login required). If several chapters combine to hold a lecture, their individual costs are reduced and it becomes much more affordable. With no travel costs and no per diem to pay, quality education will never be so economical or easy to arrange. It has been almost a year since most chapters have met in person, there have likely been budget savings in rent and education expenses that can be applied to 2021 budgets. Working with another chapter could be a positive growth experience for EGA members in the available education opportunities.
Why aren’t you recording these lectures?
The legal rights to recordings are a complicated issue. It was initially decided that this option is beyond the scope of this lecture series. All existing contracts preclude recording of the lectures.
Why are the lectures held on Saturday?
There is no perfect day or time. Weekdays are very difficult for our working members and four time zones increase the challenge of finding the right time. No matter which weekend day is chosen, there will be concerns about the impact on normal life (religious services, sports, chapter meetings, etc.) We regret that we can’t accommodate every circumstance.
Upcoming Virtual Lectures
Virtual Lecture 5: Historic Threads with Annette Gutierrez Turk
Taught by Annette Gutierrez Turk (view bio)
Annette is a fiber artist, who has taught the historic colcha embroidery stitch nationally and regionally through the Embroiderers’ Guild of America. Her background is as a juried artist and teacher at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, El Rancho de Las Golondrinas, Casa San Ysidro and Gutierrez-Hubbell Historic houses, as well as the Albuquerque Fiber Arts Council, Albuquerque BioPark/Aquarium, Sandia Mountains Chapter EGA and Las Aranas Spinning and Weaving Guild. Her work currently is in the permanent collection of the Guizhou Provincial Art Museum in Guiyang, China, and the Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts.
As an EGA member of the Sandia Mountains Chapter in Albuquerque NM, Annette manages the colcha embroidery education materials that were compiled and kept current for 13 years. The materials are available in digital format to any EGA chapter or member. Sandia Mountains also publishes and sells pattern books on colcha embroidery, which Annette also manages.
Currently, Annette is teaching colcha embroidery in Zoom sessions for the National Hispanic Cultural Center with the support of Sandia Mountains Chapter. She will resume stitching sessions when health restrictions permit at two sites in Albuquerque NM each month.
Annette is a regular volunteer at New Mexico’s only living history Museum, El Rancho de Las Golondrinas, demonstrating all manners of working with churro sheep wool fleece from carding, spinning, dyeing, weaving and embroidery.
A historical look at the colcha embroidery stitch and how it came into existence in the New World of Spain in the 16th century. Date: May 8, 2021 1PM Eastern | Registration: April 12-19, 2021 1PM Eastern
Virtual Lecture 6: Maya Textile Artists: Passionate Celebration of Cultural Heritage with Diane Herrmann
Taught by Diane Herrmann (view bio)
Diane Herrmann won EGA’s Gold Thread Award in 2015 and has taught within EGA, ANG and the Windy City Chapter of EGA both regionally and nationally. She has affiliations with EGA, ANG, NAN and NETA. Diane has several publications and presentations over the years to include “Diaper Pattern and Needlepoint” in Crafting by Concepts. Accomplishments and awards have been granted to include the Jean Thomas Howard Scholarship as a teacher in 2009 as well as NAN Exemplary in 2009, 2012 and 2015, among several other recognitions. Diane teaches one of EGA’s latest Individual Correspondence Courses: Techniques for Canvas Embroidery.
Exciting wearable art with vivid colors, the indigenous clothing of Mexico and Guatemala displays consummate expertise, and artistic beauty. Ancient techniques of preparation, construction and embellishment continue today with modern materials. Still, the textiles contain the designs and patterns that have held meaning in the culture for centuries. Maya weavers today labor to keep traditions alive and still survive in the 21st century. Date: June 12, 2021 1PM Eastern | Registration: May 10-17, 2021 1PM Eastern
Virtual Lecture 7: The Story of Seedbeads with Naomi Smith
Taught by Naomi Smith (view bio)
Naomi Smith is an Indigenous Artist and Educator. She is actively involved in sharing traditional teachings with others. She focuses on the ways of the Indigenous people of the Woodlands and Northeastern region from a historical and contemporary perspective often through the story of beads.
Her artwork embraces ancestral designs in the form of bags, adornment, and accessories using quillwork, beadwork and other indigenous methods and materials. Naomi’s work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally. She has shown at the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in Washington DC, New York City, the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and participates in numerous events throughout the year.
“Honouring our traditions is my voice within and beyond my Culture and Community. Traditionally there is no word for “art” in Native languages yet artistry and visual expression are critical in defining who we are as Indigenous people. It is this path I wish to exemplify through my teachings and my work.”
An exploration of Indigenous beadwork from a historical and contemporary perspective. This presentation focuses on the story of seeds beads and how they became a much esteemed part of Indigenous life in the 19th century. Date: July 10, 2021 1PM Eastern | Registration opens: June 14-21, 2021 1PM Eastern
Virtual Lecture 8: The thobe, a traditional embroidered Palestinian dress with Wafa Ghnaim
Taught by Wafa Ghnaim (view bio)
Wafa Ghnaim is an American-born Palestinian businesswoman, writer, and artist. Wafa began learning Palestinian embroidery from her mother when she was two years old.
Throughout her life, she traveled alongside her mother for exhibits, lectures, and demonstrations around the U.S. from folklore festivals in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to elementary schools in Portland, Oregon. Today, she travels the world teaching Palestinian embroidery skills across the diaspora to students who have long yearned to connect with their artistic and cultural heritage.
Author and teaching artist, Wafa Ghnaim, will discuss the evolution of the thobe from the nineteenth century through the contemporary period. Date: August 14, 2021 1PM Eastern | Registration: July 12-19, 2021 1PM Eastern
Virtual Lecture 9: Haptic Memory with Dr. Sharbreon Plummer
Taught by Dr. Sharbreon Plummer (view bio)
Dr. Sharbreon Plummer is an artist, strategist, storyteller and educator with over a decade of experience in arts and community engagement roles. Her upbringing in southern Louisiana informs her interest and investment in how culture and ancestral memory act as influencers of personal expression and contemporary work, specifically within the African Diaspora and Global South. Her areas of focus and research include:
Black women’s labor and artistic production
Fiber art + craft based practices
Oral history and cultural preservation through storytelling
African American material and visual culture
Systemic racism and erasure in arts based settings
Dr. Plummer received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 2020. Her award winning dissertation was: Haptic Memory: Resituating Black Women’s Lived Experiences in Fiber Art Narratives
Join Dr. Sharbreon Plummer (Past EGA Research Grant recipient) for an exciting conversation about her doctoral research project, Haptic Memory: Centering Black Women’s Experiences in Fiber Art Narratives. Haptic Memory examines the inequities faced by Black women in artistic interpretation, and how their creative production through fiber intersects with labor, maternal relationships and ancestral memory. Date: September 11, 2021 1PM Eastern | Registration: August 16-23, 2021 1PM Eastern