Beverly GordonAuthor of TEXTILES THE WHOLE STORY to teach at Maiwa
At Maiwa we have a copy of Beverly's book on our desk. We dip into it almost every day. Beverly reminds us of the powerful significance of fabric in all aspects of our lives.
Sometimes we are at a loss for words with textiles. We intuitively know they are important but we cannot always say why (with the clarity and force we would like). It is at this point that we turn to Beverly's book. She wanted to title her book: The Fibre of our Lives: Why Textiles Matter — we think that is a great title. She is the spokesperson for textiles that we aspire to be.
Below are links to Beverly's two workshops. They represent a rare opportunity to spend a few days with one of the most insightful and thoughtful minds working with textiles today.
Beverly Gordon retired in 2011 from 30 years as a professor in the Design Studies Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also affiliated with the Folklore and Material Culture programs. In addition Beverly has worked as a curator and fibre artist. She writes and publishes extensively on textiles.
Adventures with World TextilesRegister Here
Cloth and Memory - Exploring Memory ClothsRegister Here
No special skills or background are needed—this is a workshop to explore, experiment, and discover. You can stitch, embellish, knit, or otherwise work with fibre and fabric, uncovering images and words that help you express your own voice and experience. (Embroidery /embellishment instruction will not be provided, but the instructor and the group itself will provide a resource for getting started, feeling confident, solving problems, and stitching something meaningful.) Beverly joins us from the USA.