Save the Date: 2015 Winter Program and Trunk Sale

REIMANN FAMILY COLLECTION OF ASIAN TEXTILES
and pieces from the JUNCO SATO POLLACK COLLECTION

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

 

JP-15 JP-13&14 JP-12 JP-1 _12 _6C _1

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Fall 2014 Program Recap

As the year draws to a close, let’s look back at the Safekeeper Vest Trunk Show and presentation.  This event was a brilliant success (images below).  We sold 18 vests and made $400 for TASA which we are putting toward a textile/fiber art African object for the High Museum’s African collection!  Much to look forward to in 2015.  Stay tuned!

Submitted by Kathy Colt and Gail Goodwin

 

TASA Events Brief: Fall, 2014

TASA will be sponsoring the following 2 events this fall. 

Friday, September 26:

“Brides of Anansi” tour at Spellman College, arranged by Michael Mack and co-sponsored with SEFAA.

Admission fees for TASA members paid for by TASA; $3 for guests.  See the sidebar for a link to the Spellman site.  Click here for TASA/SEFAA details.

TASA’s Fall Program: Saturday, October 25: 

Safekeeper Vest trunk sale and presentation by Junco Sato Pollack

Invitation will be coming soon.  10-1 PM at the home of Clara O’Shea.  Free to TASA members and friends.

Summer Program Recap

On June 21, Marilyn Murphy from Cloth Roads presented a program to SEFAA, TASA and The Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild. Cloth Roads is a fair and sustainable commerce marketplace for fiber artists from around the world. Purchases from Cloth Roads help artisans and communities, especially women and girls, to flourish.

Out of the many cooperative groups Cloth Roads represents, Marilyn selected four groups from four different areas of the world to spotlight in her presentation. She shared an example of a product produced in each group:

  • A scarf from the OckPopTok weavers in Laos.
  • A runner from The Center for Traditional Textiles in Cuzco, Peru, founded by Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez
  • Handspun white kid mohair yarn from Tajikistan/
  • A wild silk scarf from Madagascar.

Following the program, attendees had an opportunity to shop in a marketplace of Cloth Roads fiber products. An amazing variety and quantity of beautiful and high quality items from around the world were for sale: bags, table runners, blouses, shawls, scarves, hats, yarns, tie-dyed cotton squares, baskets, textile hangers, and more.

Submitted by Gail Goodwin

Burmese Karen Weaving Demonstrations

 

Burmese weavers 2 Burmese weavers 1On April 26 and 27, 2014, Decatur’s Mingei World Arts Gallery owners, Ann VanSlyke and Ellen McFee, and TASA members Barbara Sherman and Junco Sato Pollack hosted a weaving demonstration by the Burmese Karen women.  The refugee women  set up their backstrap weaving looms, yarns, and market bags for sale in Mingei’s outdoor courtyard.

Junco, who also answered questions about the future of this project, has worked with the women to create various marketable fabrics and products.  The collaboration begins with Junco producing a design sketch with assigned colorways.  Artisan Weaver Pa Taw produces one design from it and moves on to improvising and interpreting in the Karen style.  She then creates individual warps and sends these to others to weave on their own looms.  Junco accompanies Barbara Sherman on her weekly visits, to discuss colors, tools and techniques.  The vision is ultimately to leave the designs and yarn selections up to the Karen weavers themselves as soon as they gain experience in the marketplace.

The Karen Weavers Workshop (KWW) was established in 2013 by two women who are members of the Textile Appreciation Society of Atlanta (TASA), an organization promoting an appreciation of the textile cultures of the world.  There are many thousands of refugees within the Atlanta metro area and Clarkston, Georgia,  in particular.  One very fine group of weavers, originally from Myanmar, is the Karen.  The Karen women’s traditional weaving techniques and designs have been passed down for generations.  KWW’s goal is to encourage support and preserve this wonderful cultural heritage.  The Workshop also hopes to be able to provide a sustainable income for the weavers by marketing their products through the Women’s Cooperative at the Clarkston Community Center which believes that collaborating and marketing as a community will translate into success for all artisans.

Submitted by Gail Goodwin & Junco Sato Pollack