A Visit With Hellenne Vermillion

At TASA’s spring program, artist Hellenne  Vermillion shared her silk painting techniques and designs.  She explained the kinds of paints and fabrics she uses in her work.  She also showed the group many beautiful wall hangings, kimonos, masks, scarves and other accessories she has created.  After Hellenne’s formal presentation, she gave the group an opportunity to do their own silk painting with materials she had set up.

Submitted by Gail Goodwin

Winter Program: SCAD, FASH Exhibition

In January, at the invitation of Marie deGeorge, artist and couture fashion designer, three groups of TASA members toured the extraordinary exhibits at the Savannah School of Art and Design, SCAD, FASH:  “Threads of History: Two Hundred Years of Fashion” and “Embellished: Adornment Through the Ages.”

Rafael Gomez, curator of the exhibit, led the tours. He explained the historical context of the dresses and adornment objects– shoes, hats, jewelry, and other items–as well as the construction materials and the unintended consequences of many of the extreme dress fashions for women: skirts catching fire, dangerous falls, re-alignment of body organs, radiation poisoning, difficult child births, etc.

Rafael also explained how in order for SCAD to exhibit the historic dresses properly, each dress required its own individually carved mannequin.

SCAD student docents accompanied the tours.  Using  iPads, the students showed pictures that gave additional contextual information to the objects on display.

Following the formal tour, Rafael took the TASA groups into the working room where he showed costumes that were not put on exhibit, reproduction corsets and antique fashion design books.

The low light to protect the textiles, the black framed exhibition niches, and the extensive diorama presentations of the dresses augmented with historically accurate accessories made for a thoroughly dramatic and beautiful complimentary set of exhibitions.

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Save the Dates! Upcoming Winter Program and Annual Business Meeting

Happy New Year to Everyone!

Please save the following two dates:

Wednesday, January 25, TASA Winter 2017, Program

Docent-led tour of two SCAD exhibitions: “Threads of History: Two Hundred Year of Fashion” and “Embellished: Adornment Through the Ages.”

Group rate $5/pp will apply to non-SCAD members.

Tour limited to 15 people. If 10AM tour fills we will schedule a noon tour.

Further information coming.

Tuesday, February 14:  TASA Business Meeting at my house, 2945 Dale Dr., NE, 30305

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Also a reminder: It’s TASA 2017 annual dues time! 

You may mail a $10 check (made out to Anne Godsey, TASA) to Anne Godsey,1795 High Trail, Atlanta 30339
OR bring cash or a check to the January SCAD tour or February business meeting.

Submitted by Gail Goodwin