Tuesday, December 11, 2007

11th Textile Society of America Biennial Symposium

11th Textile Society of America Biennial Symposium
Sheraton Waikiki
Honolulu, HI
September 24-27, 2008

Web Site: textilesociety.org

Hawai'i to Host 2008 International Textile Symposium

Honolulu, Hawai'i has been selected as the site for the 11th Textile Society of America Biennial Symposium set for September 24 through 27, 2008 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. Textiles as Cultural Expressions will be the theme for the major international arts event being coordinated by Tom Klobe, Director Emeritus of the University of Hawai'i Art Gallery; and Reiko Brandon, renowned fiber artist and former Curator of Textiles at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. The conference is open to the public. Information is available at textilesociety.org.

“Hawai‘i’s rich and especially rare collections of textiles include Hawaiian feather cloaks and Polynesian kapa cloths at the Bishop Museum, Japanese costumes and Qing Dynasty court attire at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, Islamic textiles from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, and Hawaiian quilts at Mission Houses Museum and Queen Emma Summer Palace, among many others,” says conference organizer Klobe, who has a reputation for orchestrating successful community-wide arts events such as Crossings ‘97: France/Hawai‘i and Crossings 2003: Korea/Hawai‘i. “This symposium will celebrate the Pacific Rim’s strong cultural traditions in the fiber arts and provide venues for our regional fiber artists to display their work for a
worldwide audience.”
The international symposium will attract textile collectors, curators, students, educators, scholars and experts from around the world as well as highlight Hawai‘i’s own esteemed museum and private collections and knowledgeable curators. In addition to presentations of scholarly papers and panel discussions, which form the foundation of the symposium, there will be an array of textile collection tours and exhibitions that highlight the diversity of this culturally rich Pacific location.

Complete details available in the Press Release: http://www.textilesociety.org/downloads/2008Symp_release.pdf