Held the 3rd Thursday of the month, at the Annenberg Center, Lankenau Hospital (or other location) OR via ZOOM* (noted for each month; subject to change)
September 9th (Thursday) – Welcome Back and Show & Tell!
October 14th – Christina Johnson
An international juried exhibition featuring 63 quilts, Racism: In the Face of Hate We Resist shares stories of resistance and fortitude that have been integral to the survival of Black people in America. This exhibition was part of Textile Center and Women of Color Quilters Network’s We Are the Story initiative (videos and to purchase the book We are the Story: A Visual Response to Racism by Carolyn L. Mazloomi. This exhibit was on display from March 26 – June 12, 2021 at the Textile Center’s Joan Mondale Gallery, Mary Giles Gallery, & Community Gallery.
November 11th – Toni Kersey
Toni Kersey is a mixed media fiber artist whose background as a graphic designer informs her work.She began designing and making quilts in 2005. After studying fabric painting techniques her creativefocus shifted to fiber art. Since that time, she has concentrated on developing a creative language that fuses African-American quilt making with abstract painting, dying, beading and printing techniques.Ms. Kersey received her Bachelor of Arts/Graphic Design degree from the University of Illinois. She was an award-winning logo designer and her work was published in “American Corporate Identity 4”. Toni taught for many years at the Art Institute of Philadelphia and has exhibited locally and nationally.
December 9th – Holiday Potluck
January 13th – Teresa Duryea Wong*
Go back in time, to a fascinating point in Japan’s history when cotton & indigo – two epic plants – forever changed Japan’s textileworld. Meet the masters who are preserving the old traditions of indigo dyeing and meet the quilters who have dedicated their quilt making to working with antique cotton. Learn the stories behind traditional cotton textiles such as Kasuri, Katazome and Kimono cloth and how a handful of Japanese weavers are continuing these traditions into the 21st century. Go inside Japan’s esteemed textileprinting mills and hear why the finest quilting cotton in the world is currently printed in Japan.
Teresa Duryea Wong is a lifelong writer and communicator. She began her career as a television journalist and later spent several years as the publisher of a fine art magazine. For two decades, she worked for large corporations and eventually became an executive. When her two children left for college, Teresa left the corporate world and decided to return to college as well and earned a Master of Liberal Studies degree from Rice University. Teresa is a member of the International Advisory Board of the International Quilt Museum. Teresa is author of four, nonfiction art history books covering Japanese quilts and textiles, as well as American quilt history and cotton farming. She currently works as a researcher, writer, and lecturer, and is an avid quiltmaker. Learn more at:https://TeresaDuryeaWong.com
A 5th book is due out in late 2021, Stitching Stolen Lives: The Social Justice Sewing Academy Remembrance Project,which Teresa co-authored with Sara Trail.
February 10th – Valerie Goodwin* – Mapping Narratives Using Fabric, Paint & Thread
A map is an abstract conception of a place. The person who makes the map has to make choices about what to include as well as what to leave out. Each map is thus a reflection of its maker and the story they want to tell. This lecture will be about how I use maps to tell the story of a place using fabric, paint and thread. The focus will be on 3 types of maps: Personal Narrative Maps, Fictional Map Narratives, Political/Sociological Narratives.
Valerie S. Goodwin is a mixed media fiber artist and architect whose works of fine art are included in museum and private collections. Most of her work is inspired by a love of aerial views of landscapes and cities. Many of her quilts are based on maps.
Goodwin’s art has moved through various stages from traditional quilting to an interest in abstract expressionism and, currently it is inspired by real and imaginary landscapes and cities. In some cases, her work shows an architectural sense of space with an archaeological perspective. In others, the network of the city and its built form is more prominent. These compositions work on several levels, from close up and far away as if one was looking at it from above.
She received degrees in architecture from Washington University and Yale University. Her award-winning work has been widely published and exhibited. She also lectures and gives workshops nationally and internationally. For over 26 years, she taughtarchitectural design at Florida A & M University.
Her book, Art Quilt Maps: Capture a Sense of Place with Fiber Collage-A Visual Guide, is widely available.
March 10th – Julie Silber* – Mark My Words: Textiles and Text
Women have always found ways to incorporate the written word into their quilts. We’ll look at lots of 19th and 20th century quilts, andthe varied ways that text appears … some of them quite ingenious!
Julie Silber is one of the world’s most respected quilt experts. She has been selling antique quilts to museums, businesses, and individuals since 1968. Julie was the curator of the world-renowned Esprit Quilt Collection in San Francisco and is the co-authorof the critically acclaimed book, Hearts and Hands and Amish: The Art of the Quilt. She has curated two quilt exhibitions —at The Oakland Museum and the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco.