Textile Analysis Workshops are offered

Where to begin and how to proceed with understanding an unknown textile from the American Southwest, whether a Pueblo, Navajo or Spanish-American blanket, poncho or rug?  In this workshop we’ll cover fibers, yarns and dyes; loom techniques; weave structures; end, side and corner finishes. We will offer hands-on analysis of varied museum textiles under magnification, coupled with digitally illustrated discussions of useful traits for identifying and dating Southwest textiles. Open to collectors, curators, scholars, artists, and others; no prior analytical experience necessary but appreciation and careful handling of textiles is essential.”

In advance of publishing an online project called the Joe Ben Wheat Southwest Textile Database, Ann Hedlund and colleagues are offering a number of one-day workshops on Southwestern Textile Analysis. The first took place last March at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) during the Navajo Studies Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Taught by Hedlund and Museum of New Mexico registrar Cathy Notarnicola, with contributions from MIAC curator Joyce Begay-Foss, the workshop was deemed a success by its registrants, half of whom were Navajo weavers and the other half, museum curators.

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The next is offered during the annual meetings of the Textile Society of America, on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. Hedlund will teach again with Notarnicola and with NMAI conservator Susan Heald. There are still a few places open for participants and you do not have to register for the entire meetings. Click here for more information as this workshop will soon fill up.

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Other opportunities occur in Tucson, Arizona, when Hedlund gives a free public lecture, “Where’s That Textile From and When Was It Made? An Illustrated Talk on Textiles from Mexico and the Southwestern U.S.,” at Arizona State Museum on Thursday, November 8, and follows with two one-day workshops on Friday and Saturday, November 9 and 10. Those belonging to the Friends of the ASM Collections, or ASM’s membership group, or Tucson’s Navajo Textile Study Group will be given priority registration for the limited enrollment. Click here for more information about ASM’s member groups and contact Darlene Lizarraga at  dfl@email.arizona.edu to sign up for this workshop.

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In early April 2012, Hedlund will offer a workshop at the University of Colorado Museum to members of the Boulder Handweavers Guild. Contact David Johnson at jdjohnson81499@msn.com for more information on this one.

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Also, please watch for more activities related to the Joe Ben Wheat Southwest Textile Database as its online debut approaches before the end of 2012.