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AIC | Virtual Conversation: Arts, Crafts, and the Morris & Co. Aesthetic
March 10, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Melinda Watt, chair and Christa C. Mayer Thurman Curator of Textiles, and Jordana Munk Martin, founder of the textile-based archive, library, and journal TATTER, discuss Morris & Co.’s enduring aesthetic and impact on contemporary arts and crafts.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Jordan Munk Martin conceived of and launched a unique textile research space and adjacent education facility in Brooklyn, NY, for the purpose of textile study, visual inspiration, and scholarship. Blue: The Tatter Textile Library is home to over 6,000 books and textile objects. The adjacent workshop offers over 50 workshops per year as well as book events and gatherings. Programming steers toward a preservation of ethnographic textile techniques within contemporary themes. Visitors to the library include artists, designers, costumers, historians, and more. The library includes partial or full personal libraries of Edith Wyle, Carol Westfall, Cora Ginsburg, and Jordana Munk Martin. Martin also serves as the editor-in-chief of TATTER.
Previously, Martin was curator and author of Material Cultures (Bric Arts Media, Brooklyn, NY), a group exhibition featuring the work of eight contemporary visual artists who engage with and respond to essential elements of textile: weaving, pattern, draping, embellishing, and wearing, highlighting profound connections to history, ritual practice, cultural identity, creative expression, and politics. Martin was also a co-founder, mentor, and writing instructor for the artist-in-residency program for the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BFA from Brandeis University, an MFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design, and an associate degree in surface design from the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Made possible by the Carol Given Winston Fund.
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Image: Designed by William Morris, produced by Morris & Co., London at Merton Abbey, Wimbledon, England. Strawberry Thief (detail), design 1883, made 1877–1917. The Art Institute of Chicago, purchased with funds provided by John H. Bryan, Hope McCormick, and Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Foundation; and the Textile Society.