Friday, June 17, 2011

The Working Traveller - Part 4

Bappaditya Biswas
Linda Cortwright
Stephen Huyler
Charllotte Kwon
Sheila Paine


In this presentation the panel talks about how they manage a trip financially and which trip has meant the most to them.

Recorded at the 2009 Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 21, 2009
Posted November 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Working Traveller - Part 3

Bappaditya Biswas
Linda Cortwright
Stephen Huyler
Charllotte Kwon
Sheila Paine


In this presentation the panel consider the unique identity of stitches and weaves and their greatest travel disasters.

Recorded at the 2009 Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 21, 2009
Posted November 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Working Traveller - Part 2

Bappaditya Biswas
Linda Cortwright
Stephen Huyler
Charllotte Kwon
Sheila Paine


In this presentation the panel consider the desire to go to remote distances, insurance against snow leopards, collections and collectors.

Recorded at the 2009 Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 21, 2009
Posted October 2010

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Working Traveller - Part 1

Bappaditya Biswas
Linda Cortwright
Stephen Huyler
Charllotte Kwon
Sheila Paine

In this presentation the panel consider what it means to be a working traveller, talk about cultural intervention, trade, and the benefits and pitfals of craft preservation and marketing.

Recorded at the 2009 Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 21, 2009
Posted September 2010

Friday, July 23, 2010

Retooling for the Future: Part 2 The Artisan's Alliance of Jawaja

The Artisan's Alliance of Jawaja
Question and Answer

In this presentation the Artisan's Alliance of Jawaja answer questions from the audience and ask a few of their own. The Vancouver audience asks about the process of leatherworking but also about the position of artisans in the community and the challenges that must be overcome for success. This presentation is posted as a series of video files.

Recorded at the 2009 Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 27, 2009
Posted July 2010

Friday, July 9, 2010

Retooling for the Future Part 1: Artisan's Alliance of Jawaja

Retooling for the Future Part 1
The Artisan's Alliance of Jawaja
Introduction and Presentation

In this presentation the Artisan's Alliance of Jawaja introduce themselves, explain the history of thier community and relate some contemporary challenges and how they are working to overcome them. This presentation is posted as a series of video files on our Podcast page.


Recorded at the 2009 Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 27, 2009
Posted July 2010

Thursday, May 20, 2010

European Blue: Woad and Bleu de Lectoure

European Blue: Woad and Bleu de Lectoure
Denise and Henri Lambert
Presentation, Question and Answer

In this lecture Denise Lambert will guide the audience through the history of this colourant and relate how a simple curiosity led to the rediscovery of ancient extraction techniques. The popularity of the colour motivated the Lamberts to found their company Bleu de Lectoure. Through collaboration and enterprise the Lamberts have been able to incorporate natural woad into everything from traditional art supplies and textiles to industrial colourants for plastics, cosmetics, and car paints.

Recorded at the 2009 Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 26, 2009
Posted May 2010

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Creating a Garden of Natural Dye Plants - Part 2

Creating a Garden of Natural Dye Plants
Michel Garcia
Part 2 Presentation, Question and Answer

Michel Garcia is a practicing chemist and botanist specializing in natural dyes and dye plants. He is the founder of Couleur Garance, a botanical garden of dye plants. Set in the Château de Lauris, terraced and adorned with ponds and fountains dating from the eighteenth century, the conservatory garden was envisioned as a resource for natural dye research and an oportunity to edify the public about organic colour.

Recorded at the 2009 Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 16, 2009
Posted February 2010

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Creating a Garden of Natural Dye Plants - Part 1

Creating a Garden of Natural Dye Plants
Michel Garcia
Part 1 Introduction and Presentation

Michel Garcia is a practicing chemist and botanist specializing in natural dyes and dye plants. He is the founder of Couleur Garance, a botanical garden of dye plants. Set in the Château de Lauris, terraced and adorned with ponds and fountains dating from the eighteenth century, the conservatory garden was envisioned as a resource for natural dye research and an oportunity to edify the public about organic colour.

Recorded at the 2009 Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 16, 2009
Posted January 2010

Saturday, December 5, 2009

From Gandhi to Globalization - Part 2

From Gandhi to Globalization: Craft and Human Development
Ashoke Chatterjee
Part 2 Presentation, Question and Answer

Mahatma Gandhi dreamed of India’s independence and used localised hand production as a weapon against colonial rule. Later, Gandhi’s legacy helped shape craft development within national planning. But contemporary globalization dreams of market influence, often at the expense of independence. The shift between paradigms has had far-reaching effects for human development in all countries, especially in the craft sector.

Recorded at the 2009 Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 21, 2009
Posted December 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

From Gandhi to Globalization - Part 1

From Gandhi to Globalization: Craft and Human Development
Ashoke Chatterjee
Part 1 Introduction and Presentation

Mahatma Gandhi dreamed of India’s independence and used localised hand production as a weapon against colonial rule. Later, Gandhi’s legacy helped shape craft development within national planning. But contemporary globalization dreams of market influence, often at the expense of independence. The shift between paradigms has had far-reaching effects for human development in all countries, especially in the craft sector.

Recorded at the 2009 Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 21, 2009
Posted November 2009
VIDEO PODCAST - contains images and sound.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

The Cotton Road - Part 3

Rosemary Crill
Part 3 - Question and Answer


Rosemary Crill explores "the cotton road", sibling to the well known silk road but largely dominated by India's traffic in cotton textiles. In part three Rosemary Crill explores India's trade with the west as the focus shifted from printed cottons to muslins and Kashmir shawls. She concludes her lecture by answering some questions from the audience.

Recorded at the 2007 Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 24, 2007
Posted September 2009
VIDEO PODCAST - contains images and sound.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

The Cotton Road - Part 2

Rosemary Crill
Part 2 - Presentation

Rosemary Crill explores "the cotton road", sibling to the well known silk road but largely dominated by India's traffic in cotton textiles. This episode presents the second part of Rosemary's lecture in which she explores India's cotton trade with the west. Printed cotton known as "chintz" changed the very fabric of life itself - especially in the British Commonwealth.

Recorded at the 2007 Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 24, 2007
Posted August 2009
VIDEO PODCAST - contains images and sound.

Monday, July 27, 2009

The Cotton Road - Part 1

Rosemary Crill
Part 1 - Presentation

Rosemary Crill explores "the cotton road", sibling to the well known silk road but largely dominated by India's traffic in cotton textiles. This episode presents first part of Rosemary's lecture in which she explores the historic origins of India's textile trade and details commerce with countries in the east.

Recorded at the 2007 Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 24, 2007
Posted July 2009.
VIDEO PODCAST - contains images and sound.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

African Textiles: The Heart of the Yoruba - Part 2

Gasali Adeyemo
Part 2 - Question and Answer

In this lecture master craftsman Gasali Adeyemo fields questions from the audience about traditional techniques and about working in Africa and Santa Fe. Gasali concludes with a story about the role of clothing and cloth in life.

Recorded at the 2007 Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 25, 2007
Posted June 2009

Friday, May 29, 2009

African Textiles: The Heart of the Yoruba - Part 1

Gasali Adeyemo
Part 1 - Presentation

In this lecture master craftsman Gasali Adeyemo opens the evening with a description of his early life in Nigeria and tells how fibre art came into his life. As a participant of the Nike Centre for Arts and Culture, both as a student and later as a teacher, Gasali encountered a range of traditional crafts. He gives a description of the famous adire techniques and illustrates how they relate to Yoruba culture.

Recorded at the 2007 Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 25, 2007
Posted May 2009

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Masters of the Art - Part 2

The Khatri Blockprinters of Dhamadka and Ajrakhpur
Part 2 - Questions from the Audience with
Razzaque Mohammed Khatri and Ismail Mohammed Khatri and Eiluned Edwards

After the formal presentation the evening was opened up for questions from the audience. The questions explored trade patterns, the technique and culture of blockcutting, how the excavated textiles from Fustat, Egypt have found their way back into contemporary Ajrakh designs, tradition and the future of the art.

Recorded at the 2007 Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 19, 2007
Posted April 2009

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Masters of the Art - Part 1

The Khatri Blockprinters of Dhamadka and Ajrakhpur
Part 1 - Presentation
Razzaque Mohammed Khatri and Ismail Mohammed Khatri with Eiluned Edwards

Ajrakh has become the signature cloth of the Khatris. It is a cotton textile traditionally dyed with indigo and madder, and printed on both sides with complex geometric and floral patterns using hand-carved wooden blocks. There are between 14 and 16 individual stages of preparation, printing, and dyeing. The process can take 15–21 days to complete.

Recorded at the 2007 Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 19, 2007
Posted March 2009

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Sheryl MacKay interviews Charllotte Kwon

North by NorthWest with Sheryl MacKay

In March of 2008 CBC radio's Sheryl MacKay came to the Maiwa Loft and interviewed Charllotte Kwon, Owner of Maiwa Handprints and director of the Maiwa Foundation. The interview aired on March 22 on Sheryl's program North by Northwest. In this episode we present the original interview as it aired in March of 2008.

North by Northwest. From the CBC website: "Join host Sheryl MacKay as you ease into your weekend mornings. You'll meet creative people from all around the province and hear about their passions and inspirations. You'll visit artists and in their studios, musicians and performers backstage, writers at their keyboards and chefs at the cooktop. There's great conversation, fine music, uplifting poetry and a lot of laughs too waiting for you every weekend on North by Northwest. Broadcast Times. CBC Radio One: Weekends 6:00 - 9:00 a.m."

Sunday, February 1, 2009

The Independent Artist: Working to Commission

Lucy Goffin

Working to commission involves forming a special relationship with a client. Large works for public spaces require the artist to deal with architects, planners, and engineers. It involves navigating through time frames, budgets, and fire regulations. The challenge is not to compromise the creative process due to the added constraints. In fact the reverse can often be true: exciting creative ideas come out of problem solving within a working brief.

Lucy Goffin has exhibited nationally and internationally. Notable collections containing her work include the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Crafts Council, London. She received an Arts Council Millennium Award which led to a "Year of the Artist" residency at Great Dixter House and Gardens (home of gardener/writer Christopher Lloyd). Her most recent work was the completion of a major commission for the Glyndebourne Opera House.

Recorded at the 2007 Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 22, 2007
Posted February 2009

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Reel and Weave: The Silkspinner's Story - Part 3

Karen Selk

In part three Karen explores India and visits both the giant tusser moth and the Salvi community, makers of a famous double silk ikat known as Patan Patola.

Karen Selk has been a textile designer and artist since 1972. Her primary focus has been weaving and fusing felt with silk. In addition to writing, photography, research and textile arts, Karen runs Treenway Silks from her Salt Spring Island Home.

Recorded at the 2007 Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 23, 2007
Posted October 2008

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Reel and Weave: The Silkspinner's Story - Part 2

Karen Selk

In part two Karen describes her experience in Laos and explains how weaving traditions are an essential part of Laotian culture.

Karen Selk has been a textile designer and artist since 1972. Her primary focus has been weaving and fusing felt with silk. In addition to writing, photography, research and textile arts, Karen runs Treenway Silks from her Salt Spring Island Home.

Recorded at the 2007 Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 23, 2007
Posted October 2008

Monday, September 1, 2008

Reel and Weave: The Silkspinner's Story - Part 1

Karen Selk

Karen Selk describes her journeys to China and explains how silk is raised and harvested.

Karen Selk has been a textile designer and artist since 1972. Her primary focus has been weaving and fusing felt with silk. In addition to writing, photography, research and textile arts, Karen runs Treenway Silks from her Salt Spring Island Home.

Recorded at the 2007 Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 23, 2007
Posted September 2008

Saturday, May 24, 2008

From the Heart: A Weaver's Journey - Part 2

Bhakti Ziek

The conclusion of Bhakti Ziek's ride ranging and intimate talk on the art and life of weaving.

Recorded at the 2007 Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 16, 2007
Posted May 2008

Saturday, April 26, 2008

From the Heart: A Weaver's Journey - Part 1

Bhakti Ziek

Bhakti Ziek has the ability to talk to a group about her life as a weaver while making it seem as if she is sitting talking directly to each person about their own lives and intimate experiences. In this talk, she updates her journey, sharing how a tenuous, fine thread grew into her life line and the sometimes unpredictable path it has taken. Sharing both the triumphs and knots, periods of intense curiosity and spells of disillusionment, she will talk about ways of staying connected that she has found helpful in her struggle to remain involved, creative, and hopeful as an aging weaver, artist, and human being.

Recorded at the 2007 Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 16, 2007
Posted April 2008

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Choreographed Cloth: Ocelot and Angelina DeAntonis

Angelina DeAntonis
VIDEO PODCAST - This podcast is a m4a file. It has pictures and sound.

In this episode we present the work of Angelina DeAntoins and her clothing line Ocelot. Angelina presented a lecture titled Coreographed Cloth at the 2007 Maiwa Textile Symposium in which she explained her life in textiles. She also staged the Ocelot Trunk Show Event to introduce the symposium audience to her unique clothing.

Images presented by Angelina DeAntonis at the 2007 Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 15, 2007. Voiceover recorded in April 2008
Posted April 2008

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Kismet, Ajrakh, and the Fish of Knowledge: Collaborating with Craftspeople in India

Eiluned Edwards

In his episode Edwards tells the story of the events leading up to her first trip to India, how it felt to arrive, and how her life was changed by a meeting with the blockprinters of Dhamadka. The trip was profound and its effects were long lasting, Edwards shifted her focus from textile design to cultural anthropology. She spent the next 16 years researching the textiles of the Kutch Desert, collaborating with artisans, aranging exhibitions and studying traditional Ajrakh blockprints.

Recorded at the 2007 Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 17, 2007
Posted March 2008

Saturday, March 1, 2008

The Intimate Stitch: Blueleaf Shibori

Jane Callender
VIDEO PODCAST - This podcast is a m4a file. It has pictures and sound.

In this episode master shibori artist Jane Callender describes her development and artistic influences: from her parent's Egyptian and Malayan garments to the exhibiions which inspired her present work. Now steeped in her own successful artistic practice, she reflects on the roads that have brought her to the present day.

Recorded at the 2007 Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 14, 2007
Posted February 2008

Saturday, February 16, 2008

The Working Traveller - Part 4 Participant Questions

Participant Questions

In this, the final episode, John Gillow, Noorjehan Bilgrami and Charllotte Kwon address specific questions from the audience.

The Working Traveller was a workshop held at the Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 17, 2007. The panel consisted of John Gillow, Noorjehan Bilgrammi, and Charllotte Kwon. Each member of the panel spoke about their personal experience as a working traveller, how they got started, the reason for their journeys and how travel and the interaction with other cultures has changed their lives.

Recorded at the 2007 Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 17, 2007
Posted February 2008

Saturday, February 2, 2008

The Working Traveller - Part 3 Charllotte Kwon

Charllotte Kwon

In this, the third of four episodes, Charllotte Kwon speaks about how she started Maiwa Handprints and how this business led her to start working with craftspeople in India. Charllotte speaks about the Maiwa approach to craft and how it is designed to promote high quality work while at the same time protecting the artisan's livelihood. She also speaks about the the goals of her travel and how she has managaed the many challenges of working successfully in two countries oceans apart.

The Working Traveller was a workshop held at the Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 17, 2007. The panel consisted of John Gillow, Noorjehan Bilgrammi, and Charllotte Kwon. Each member of the panel spoke about their personal experience as a working traveller, how they got started, the reason for their journeys and how travel and the interaction with other cultures has changed their lives.

Recorded at the 2007 Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 17, 2007
Posted February 2008

Friday, January 18, 2008

The Working Traveller - Part 2 Noorjehan Bilgrami

Noorjehan Bilgrami

In this, the second of four episodes, Noorjehan Bilgrami speaks about how she first found out about the traditional art of ajrakh blockprinting and how attempts to sustain and revive this elaborate and skilled craft led to her own studio, Koel. Noorjehan is an artist, textile designer, and researcher. She was one of the founders of the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture and its first Executive Director. Years of research into ajrak, led to the publication Sindh jo Ajrak and later to the making of the documentary Sun, Fire, River, Ajrak Cloth from the Soil of Sindh.

The Working Traveller was a workshop held at the Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 17, 2007. The panel consisted of John Gillow, Noorjehan Bilgrammi, and Charllotte Kwon. Each member of the panel spoke about their personal experience as a working travller, how they got started, the reason for their journeys and how travel and the interaction with other cultures has changed their lives.

Recorded at the 2007 Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 17, 2007
Posted January 2008

Saturday, January 5, 2008

The Working Traveller - Part 1 John Gillow

John Gillow

In this, the first of four episodes, John Gillow introduces his life and speaks about his passion for textiles. John is a well established author who has produced a wide range of title for the publisher Thames and Hudson. He is currently completeing a new title, Textiles of the Islamic World. Johnw is also a collector who has witnessed the changes in the Kutch Desert of India for Over 30 years.

he Working Traveller was a workshop held at the Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 17, 2007. The panel consisted of John Gillow, Noorjehan Bilgrammi, and Charllotte Kwon. Each member of the panel spoke about their personal experience as a working traveller, how they got started, the reason for their journeys and how travel and the interaction with other cultures has changed their lives.

Recorded at the 2007 Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 17, 2007
Posted January 2008

Saturday, December 22, 2007

The Mummies of Ürümchi: Textiles in Time

Elizabeth Barber

Local archaeologists working in Chinese Turkestan have uncovered numerous naturally mummified and spectacularly clothed bodies of Caucasians dating to the Bronze Age, 3000 - 4000 years ago. Since little besides clothing was put into the graves, Dr. Elizabeth Barber (one of the few experts on prehistoric textiles) was invited to accompany an expedition from the University of Pennsylvania to Western China to help determine facts about these displaced westerners.

Recorded at the 2007 Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 12, 2007
Posted December 2007

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Waiting for the Monsoon: Slow Clothes in India

Charllotte Kwon & Mahesh Dosaya

The slow movement first appeared as a reaction against fast food culture. It has since expanded to challenge thinking on everything from tourism to clothing. Slow clothes are made with an eye to the human impact of production rather than the need to race to meet a fashion trend.

Recorded at the 2007 Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 11, 2007
Posted November 2007