2017 Winter Business Meeting

On Tuesday, February 14, TASA held its annual business meeting in the home of Gail Goodwin.  Future programming was discussed and several members brought textiles they had made or purchased during their travels.

Submitted by Gail Goodwin

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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

An Afternoon with Jon Riis

On Sunday afternoon, November 13, a large TASA group met for a two-hour visit to the home of Jon Riis and Richard Mafong.  Jon showed us a wonderful large antique European tapestry he had recently acquired, several very old Coptic textiles, some interesting rugs, a rare Dida tie-dyed piece from Ivory Coast, a red wool piece that once was used as money, ancient Americas Chancay  weavings, many beautiful Asian embroideries and a plethora of additional intricately woven textiles and shawls.

Descending into Jon’s studio, the group enjoyed seeing many more exquisite fabrics including gold-thread sari weavings, bagru textiles. and double ikat weavings from India.

In addition to the wonderful textiles, the group enjoyed Richard Mafong’s stunning wood and metal sculptural works, Jon’s amazing contemporary beaded tapestries as well as carvings, hats and other unique artifacts from vanishing cultures around the world.

Submitted by Gail Goodwin

Save the date! Fall 2016 Program: Studio Visit with Jon Eric Riis

Nationally and internationally acclaimed contemporary tapestry artist, Jon Eric Riis “has taken the ancient craft of hand-woven tapestry to the level of important contemporary fine art.” His tapestries often contain “highly critical social and cultural ideas.” He “creates extraordinary works of woven silk and metallic thread with textured undulating surfaces of hand-stitched pearls, coral and glass beads.”

Just hours back from his travels to India, Jon will share with TASA his current studio projects, his favorite Chinese textiles, and textiles from many other cultures around the world.  Jon’s pieces have been collected over a period of 50 years. He will have textiles available for sale. http://www.jonericriis-studio.com

When:  Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
Location:  Home/studio of Jon Eric Riis (875 Piedmont Avenue, N.E. 30309)
RSVP:  gvgoodwin@aol.com
Free for 2016 TASA members; $10 for non-members