TASA Fall Program: Threads of Time

On Monday, October 16, 2017, Dr. Rebecca Stone, Professor of Art History at the Michael C. Carlos Museum and Art of the Americas curator joined with her curatorial assistant, Liz Caris, graduate student in Art History, to lead 38 TASA members and friends through the Threads of Time exhibit at Emory University’s Carlos Museum.

Our group was awed by the breadth and depth of the indigenous American fiber arts in the collection which included a nearly 2000-year-old textile from the Andean coastal desert.

The walls in one room burst with color from the display of Guna molas, their designs ranging from the geometric to the fanciful.

We learned about the naturally brown cuyuscate cotton, the different materials—in addition to cotton–used by the indigenous people in making textiles–camelid hair, feathers, plant fibers; and we learned about the different dying, weaving and embroidery techniques used. We saw an amazing centuries-old double-weave cloth and a textile trim of brightly colored hummingbirds done in three-dimensional embroidery.

Another room contained a set of Chichicastenango huipiles from successive 20th century decades that illustrated how the colors and designs of the huipiles transformed over time.

All in all it was an amazing and colorful display of textiles.

Submitted by Gail Goodwin

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Save the Date! TASA’s Fall 2017 Program

Looking ahead to fall, it’s time to save the date for TASA’s FALL, 2017, program at the Carlos Museum.

Professor of Art History and Faculty Curator for Art of the Americas, Rebecca Stone, will give TASA members a tour of the new Art of the Americas exhibit: Threads of Time

Date:  Monday, October 16
Time: 2pm

More info to follow.

Submitted by Gail Goodwin

Atlanta Ballet Studios Tour

On June 6, TASA members toured the Atlanta Ballet studios, prop room, costume room and costume workshop. The group enjoyed seeing the architecture of the Ballet’s LEED certified building with its iconic KALWALL–the insulating light transmitting wall paneling; the dance studios with their Marley floor covering; and the stunning photographs of dancers on every wall.

In the costume room we saw hundreds of different costumes for all of the many different ballet productions. We learned how the costumes are designed so they can be altered for different body sizes, and to allow for the movement of the dancer.  Attention is given to the costumes to take into account wear areas–such as the waist.  TASA members were in awe of the intricate details of the costumes as well as the quality of the fabrics and workmanship involved in their creation.  We learned how the costumes are cleaned and how they are often shared with other theatrical, musical and dance companies.

Submitted by Gail Goodwin.

Save the Date: TASA’s Summer 2017 Program

 

On Tuesday, June 6th, at 11 am, Lauren Wilson of the Atlanta Ballet will give TASA members a brief tour of the Atlanta Ballet facility and studios. Following Lauren’s tour, Colleen McGonegle, interim costume director, and her team will engage TASA members in conversation on costume design and the creation process.  Costumes from this past season’s productions of Paquita, Vespertine, and Allegro Brillante will be on display in addition to mock-ups for next season’s production of Beauty and the Beast.

Location: 1695 Marietta Boulevard, NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 (GPS: enter Marietta Blvd. NW)

(Marietta Blvd between Chattahoochee Ave. and Huff Rd, NOT Marietta St. downtown)

2017 TASA members free; $10 guests

RSVP: gvgoodwin@aol.com

  

 

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