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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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