A Visit to the Birmingham Museum

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

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.


Spring 2015 Program – Chinese Ethnic Minority Textiles with Susan Weitzman Conway

TASA recently presented its Spring, 2015 program featuring the textiles of traveler, collector and dealer Susan Weitzman Conway.  Beginning with a trip in the late 90s, Susan Conway has traveled to remote areas of China learning about the ethnically diverse cultures of the people who live there and acquiring their textiles, jewelry and other artifacts.  In 2006, a selection of Susan’s Miao textiles were exhibited at the Birmingham Museum: “Amongst the Clouds: Textiles of the Miao People from Southwest China.”  The Miao, who are related to the Hmong of SE Asia, trace their history back 5,000 years to China’s Yellow River Valley. They are China’s largest minority group and have a distinct and exceptional tradition of embroidered textiles. The intricate designs and patterns of Miao baby carriers and festival dress tell the stories of the Miao people.

The presentation was given at the SEFAA center in conjunction with that organization’s April meeting.

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Submitted by Gail Goodwin.

Save the Date: 2015 Winter Program and Trunk Sale


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28; 11 AM – 2:30 PM; Program, 11 AM 

Location: Home of Anne Godsey: 1795 High Trail, Atlanta, Georgia 30339

RSVP: gvgoodwin@aol.com, Free for TASA members and guests

Dr. Peter Reimann and his wife, Dr. Myunghee Kim, were passionate about textiles and started collecting the in the 1980s. Their collection includes textiles from Asia, South America and Africa, obtained both from their travels and from well established textile dealers around the world.  Part of their collection of Filipino textiles was purchased by the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C.  The selection to be shown on February 28th is a very small sampling of textiles from Asia, mainly Southeast Asia and India.  Junco Sato Pollack is also sharing a selection of her educational textiles, chosen to complement the textiles in the Reimann collection. They provide excellent examples of various techniques and styles of weaving.  The Reimann’s daughter, Dr. Kim Reimann, who is a Georgia State University faculty member, will be present during the program and sale.  Images of some of the pieces from this collection are featured below.

Note that only checks and cash will be accepted at the trunk sale.  Installment payments can be arranged.

Submitted by Gail Goodwin


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