Join us for an exciting new addition to our SNAD program! Online lectures will now be offered monthly through Webinar, featuring experienced stitchers and historians on the subjects of embroidery and other fiber arts. Each month SNAD will have available two separate special guest events for registration; where our speakers will give an insight into their favorite subjects on a fascinating fiber topic.
Webinar ticket sales are not refundable.
2022 Lecture Series (Online)
August 10th: Normalynn Ablao also known as The Copasetic Crocheter has been a crochet pattern designer for 16 years. She may best be known in the crochet community to have shared the basic cake template patterns that are seen in many crochet cakes today. Currently Normalynn offers in her delightful webpage unique food patterns, as well as her popular cake patterns for curious crocheters that will satisfy any palate guilt free! Register here.
August 24th: Liz Harvey is a queer artist who makes textile-based works, including mixed media, collage, and performance, in ways that disorient viewers while pointing towards queer and environmental liberatory futures. Liz Harvey will share and discuss her work and how it engages with stitching as a way to deal with the bittersweet, particularly around dealing with climate disruption during the Anthropocene. Liz will also share how disorientation and embroidery come together as strategies to “queer” our relationship to nature. Using dance, textiles, and text, her work often makes use of what she calls time-traveling, to engage with overlooked stories. Her recent project, the lost ones, invited participants to embroider critically endangered flowers on a garment worn by a performer in multiple outdoor performances in order to help viewers navigate yearning and melancholy. Register here.
September 21st: Join a Curator’s Conversations with artist Ryan Carrington and curator Amy DiPlacido, where they will discuss the artist’s work and Carrington’s involvement with the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles and upcoming projects. Ryan Carrington has been teaching sculpture, site-specific, and professional practice courses at Santa Clara University since 2012. He earned his BFA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and after undergraduate school, he spent 18 months as an artist-in-residence at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado. He went on to receive his MFA from San Jose State University. He exhibits his work nationally, and has produced multiple large-scale public art commissions, as well as a solo exhibition titled Contradictions at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles during the summer of 2021. In 2014 he received the Silicon Valley Creates Emerging Artist Laureate Award, and he was selected for the 2021 Center for Arts and Humanities Fellowship at Santa Clara University. Register here.
September 28th: Dr. Lynn Hulse is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and co-founder of Ornamental Embroidery. Recent exhibitions include The Needles Excellency: contemporary raised work at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (2017) and the Knitting and Stitching Show (2018), and The Needles Art: contemporary hand embroidery inspired by an early Tudor pattern book at the Bodleian Library, Oxford (2021). She has published widely on the development of art embroidery and is the editor of May Morris: Art and Life (2017), longlisted for the 2018 William M. B. Berger Prize in British Art History, and The Needles Excellency: English raised embroidery (2018). Listen as she explores the figurative wall hangings stitched by the RSAN between 1875 and c. 1908 after pre-Raphaelite painter and designer, Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898) textile designs. Register here.
October 12th: Helen M. Stevens of Bury St. Edmunds, is a world renowned hand embroiderer, designer, and bestselling author of 12 wonderful embroidery books. In 1981 she began her very own business and created her formal practice the True Embroideries Studio. She has done commissions for clients such as Harrods of Knightsbridge, The Stanley Gibbons Gallery, the NHS, RSPB, the House of Commons, and the British Museum; the latter would spark her later interest in Anglo Saxon embroidery. Helen has also exhibited by invitation as a member of the Society of Women Artists, at Central Hall, Westminster, The Mall Galleries, the Palace of Westminster and as a regular contributor to the Arts Pavilion at the East of England Show. Her exhibition experience also extends to a one-woman show held regularly every two years both in the UK and overseas. Register here.
October 26th: Maayankraj holds a Masters in the History of Arts from Maharaja Sayaji Rao University, Vadodara. He is pursuing his PhD in ‘The Evolution of Rajput Royal Costumes’, from Kota Open University. In the year 2010, he recorded ‘Oral History of Costume Traditions’ as a written thesis, through extensive travel and research. These endeavors have sensitized him greatly, not just to the nuances of his profession, but also to the seeds of future potential therein. Maayankraj Singh’s inspiration has been the rich repertoire of hand embroidery traditions of India & Europe and also the regal legacy of one’s family. Register here.
November 9th: Join SNAD for an informative conversation between artist Christine Meuris and Curator Amy DiPlacido where they will discuss the artist’s work and Meuris’s slow making processes. Bay Area artist Christine Meuris has recently created a series of works utilizing original techniques that interweave multiple, labor-intensive processes much beloved by the fiber art community.
During the pandemic, while things felt simultaneously dangerous and vague, and social systems revealed themselves to be more fragile than previously imaginable, Christine began exposing more and more of the transparent scrim of her works throughout the creation process of this series. By presenting this body of work of veil-like pieces with varying levels of concealment, Christine visually communicates the tenuousness of these past years using the iconography of a veil as a metaphor for a false sense of safety. In her talk, Christine will explore both the symbolism she chose for the series “Veiled” and how she explored its faceted meanings throughout this body of work. Register here.
December 7: Kathleen Hancock is a mid-career artist re-emerging into a new arena of crafting in small scale furniture. Her formal training in Printmaking and Book Arts sparked a lifelong interest in the dynamics between craft and design and fine art. She has taught courses at the Roger Williams University, Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island School of Design, and at Bristol Community College. Kathleen is the founding director of the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery at Bristol Community College in Fall River, Massachusetts. Her current studio practice: KathleenHancockStudios combines a multitude of interests and dualities. As part of her practice, The Chair Project, the feature of this presentation was launched in 2014. Kathleen’s sixth scale designs are held in private collections around the world. Register here.
Webinar ticket sales are not refundable.