A Visit to the Birmingham Museum

Here are some images from our recent trip to the Birmingham Museum.

Submitted by Gail Goodwin


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

2016 Winter Business Meeting

On Tuesday, February 23, TASA held its yearly business meeting at the home of Gail Goodwin.  At the meeting, TASA members discussed  possible uses for TASA funds and made the following suggestions for future programs and activities: Leisa Rich studio, Jon Riis home, chenille, Chinese rank badges, Atlanta opera costumes, Atlanta couture group, field trip to the Birmingham Museum Uzbekistan textile exhibit, a trunk show of batik clothing with Nadya.  After the business meeting, members shared textiles.  Gail Goodwin showed examples of the Indian textiles she bought on her recent textile trip to Gujarat.

Submitted by Gail Goodwin

TASA Upcoming Program: OAXACAN WEAVINGS, An Artist’s Experience

In 2014, North Carolina artist Martha Clippinger was awarded a Fulbright-Garcia Robles Research Grant to study indigenous textile traditions in Oaxaca, Mexico. Martha will discuss various approaches to creating textiles in Oaxaca (backstrap, pedal loom, embroidery, brocade, etc.) and will note distinct traditional patterns and their relationship to specific communities.  She will also discuss the designing and creation of tapetes through her collaboration with Licha Gonzales Ruíz of Teotitlán del Valle. She will bring tapetes that she (Martha) has made, skeins of naturally dyed wool, and small traditional items from Oaxaca (mostly woven bags) to sell.   xchangtextiles.com and marthaclippinger.com

Presented by: Artist and Instructor, Martha Clippinger
Date:  Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
At the home of Gail Goodwin, 2945 Dale Drive, NE, 30305

RSVP: gvgoodwin@aol.com.
2016 annual TASA membership dues, $10.


TASA’s Upcoming Fall 2015 Program


Presented by

DR. LYNN C. TINLEY, Independent scholar and adjunct history professor, Oglethorpe University

Date/Time:  Friday, November 16, 2015 @ 11:00 a.m.

Location:  At the home of Anne Godsey – 1795 High Trail, Atlanta, Georgia 30339

RSVP: gvgoodwin@aol.com

Admission:  Free for TASA members, $10 guests.

With a PhD in American Studies, Lynn’s primary research has been in early American material culture with an emphasis on textiles. Lynn has studied “material culture in the context of regional variations and social, cultural, gendered and religious influences,” and has done a study about “the role of African Americans” in Georgia’s textile history. In her program for TASA, Lynn will present samplers as a mode of the textile experience and explore how they express meaning and identity for both the maker and the viewer. Beginning with 17th century English samplers and continuing through the 19th century, Lynn will discuss cultural and religious design influences, embroidery techniques, and other ways samplers communicate.

Also:  Save the Date:  Thursday, December 3rd: Oaxacan Weavings

Submitted by Gail Goodwin