Designers and Artisans Textile Club

The textile club grew organically from the initial class on Textile Design & History, providing a sense of community and a space where we get together, once a week for one hour to share experiences in textile making. We will regularly meet artists, collectors, and experts who will speak on various historical textiles and cultural experiences.

Making textiles while feeling a sense of community promotes well-being during Covid 19. We will continue to design patterns and create textiles together.

Speaker line up: Dates and time

Thomas Murray will speak to us on November 7th 2020, at 6 pm EST.

"Repurposed Cloth, Meaning Changes with Context" 

The International Hajji Baba Society and the Designers and Artisans Textile Club will co-sponsor the program with Thomas Murray. The D&A Textile Club will host the Webex meeting and discussion on the Webex platform. Registration is required. Registrants will receive a link to the Webex meeting itself, prior to the program. If you are not a member of DATC or IHBS, please send a one time payment of $15 to Karthika Audinet for this event.

Thomas Murray will discuss the onward journey of three varieties of repurposed cloth from Japan. Topics will include Japanese Boro patchwork aesthetics, Ainu use of trade cotton and kimono fragments in their robes, and the creative inspiration that comes from collecting Okinawan bingata sample fragments.
Thomas Murray is an independent researcher, collector, lecturer and private dealer of Asian and Tribal art, with an emphasis on Indonesian sculpture and textiles, as well as animistic art from other varied cultures. He also features Indian Trade Cloths from the 14th-18th Centuries. He has placed objects in more than 30 museums on four continents.
A HALI magazine Contributing Editor for the last 30 years, Tom serves as their "in-house" expert on all tribal sculpture and textiles, with more than 50 publications. He has lectured widely, including "Ottoman Influences on Islamic Calligraphic Batik from Indonesia," "Lampung Imagery, Textile Iconography of South Sumatra," and "Considering a Nias Ancestor Sculpture". His most recent books, "Textiles of Japan and "Rarities - the Himalayas to Hawaii" were met with critical acclaim. Thomas Murray is past President of ATADA, The Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association and served a three-year term as a member of President Obama's Cultural Property Advisory Committee at the State Department. Thomas Murray continues to consult with museums and private clients all over the world.

See: to know more about Tom, his books, textiles and more.

Carol James will tell us about the  Arizona Openwork 'Tonto' shirt made in the Sprang technique dated to 12th C.

Date and time TBD


Jeff Splitstoser will speak to us about 6000 year old textiles found in Huaca Prieta in Peru.

Date and time TBD

Join me for a PechaKucha on crafting high-end textiles with adults with disabilities on Saturday October 17, 2020