Textile Conservation with Lori Gann-Smith

On Sunday, March 6, TASA and the Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance (SEFAA) sponsored a joint program by Lori Gann-Smith on textile conservation.  Lori is the chair of the department of art and design,the fashion design program director curator and historic clothing collection director curator of Brenau University.  Lori shared her knowledge of techniques to care for heirloom clothing and textiles.  She discussed the basic ways to stabilize and store textiles.  Several attendees brought fragile and or damaged vintage and antique textiles for Lori to examine and suggest ways to preserve or stabilize.

Submitted by Gail Goodwin

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SEFAA 2013 Square Foot Fiber Pin-Up

The SEFAA annual Square Foot Fiber Pin-Up Show opened on Sunday 10 March. This year’s show has 54 pieces in a range of techniques. Quilting, silk painting, weaving, felting, printing, knit, and crochet are all represented. Several of the works feature recycled materials or materials that are usually discarded. At least two works employ handspun yarns. Visitors to the show are invited to cast a ballot for their three favorite pieces. The top 13 will be featured in the 2014 SEFAA calendar. Many of the works are also for sale — just bid on them in the silent auction. After Thursday 21 April, the show will travel to Shellman, GA. More information on the SEFAA website here.

Submitted by Jolie Elder