Roundtable 1 : The Value of Textiles.

October 22, 2020 @ 7:PM EST

Textiles are unquestionably an incredibly important part of our everyday lives- it’s impossible to go through a day without interacting with them. Our lives are so intertwined with fabrics and textiles that they can become almost invisible, yet there are few things more precious to us than hand made textiles, (quilts, hand knit sweaters, handwoven towels, etc.) Despite this, there is an ongoing discussion about the value of textiles: does their prevalence in society diminish their value? Are the people who produce handmade textiles being compensated properly for their time? What connection is there between maker, product and user/viewer, and how does this connection (or lack thereof) impact the way textiles are perceived?

Join Evee Erb, Tegan Frisino, Lilly Marsh, and Justin Squizzerous in a discussion about the Value of Textiles throughout history and today. The conversation will bring these talented artists and makers together in an attempt to better understand and unravel the complexities of this issue, and will be moderated by Eric Frisino.

Panelists


Evee Erb:

Erb is a nationally award-winning American artist who graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2016 with a BFA in Ceramics. While attending MICA, she also studied Illustration and Textile Design. Additionally, Erb studied ceramic sculpture in Florence, Italy at SACI College of Art and Design. After receiving her degree, Erb returned to her hometown of Durham, NC where she has worked at the North Carolina Museum of Art, taught workshops at a variety of art centers, served on curatorial jury panels, and given lessons and artist talks at various institutions.
In 2017 she launched Threadbarren, a clothing label consisting of one of a kind garments designed using hand-spun, hand-dyed, and hand-woven textiles.
Erb has had her work exhibited nationally and internationally. She works in a variety of media using traditional painting, sculpting, and weaving techniques to combine form and surface with dynamic uses of material. Her works reside in private collections across the United States.


Tegan Frisino:

Frisino is a production weaver who produces textiles for the home, fashion and accessories industries. She graduated from Buffalo State College in 2011 with a BFA in Fiber Design and an Minor in Sculpture. Throughout her time in school she fought against the idea that art and craft were separate entities, choosing to combine the two paths to create textiles that are informed by art practices with the finesse of a fine craftsperson. Her work continues to derive inspiration from fine art and textiles from various points in history, though in a much more utilitarian application.

Her passion for learning more about the craft of weaving, it’s societal impact, and becoming more actively engaged in the fiber community, has lead her to start the Professional Weaver Society with her Husband, Eric Frisino: focusing on weavers who work professionally, consumers, and other members of the supply chain in order to bring a greater understanding of what goes into producing textiles to a wider audience.

Frisino is a member of the Hudson Valley Textile Project, Handweaver’s Guild of America, Complex Weavers, American Craft Council, and an active member of the Hudson Mohawk Weaver’s Guild.


Lilly Marsh:

Marsh is a production weaver whose work is directly connected with her active role in the fiber shed community. She views the weaving and textile world through the lens of her PhD in American Cultural Studies at Purdue University, with a focus on American Craft in the 20th Century. Out of her studios in Queensbury and Glens Falls, New York, she produces fine scarves, shawls, and simple garments, as well as throws and blankets. Her work primarily showcases the beautiful qualities of naturally colored, regionally sourced wool, but she also has used silk, tencel, and cotton in her work.

She is a prolific weaver, who utilizes her drive for cultural and historical context to engage fully in the fiber community. Her work is grounded in local farm and fiber community activism in support of local fiber, local yarn, and local cloth. She is also a founding member of the Hudson Valley Textile Project, a regional consortium of fiber farmers, processors, artisans, designers, and vendors. HVTP works to support and strengthen an environmentally responsible and economically sustainable fiber supply chain from farm to finished object.


Justin Squizzero:

Squizzero challenges modern definitions of progress by creating functional textiles that celebrate the natural world and the dignity of human labor. Echoing a time when utilitarian objects were entirely handcrafted, his work connects material, maker, and user across time and place. Squizzero’s venture, The Burroughs Garret, draws on the textile traditions of his northern Vermont home, marrying natural dyes and fibers with a reserved aesthetic rooted in early New England. Produced on his 19th-century farm using 200-year-old hand looms, Squizzero’s textiles examine the role of handcraft in a post-industrial society, questioning the human experience in a digital age.


Together, we will be examine how textiles have been valued over time, and how that has impacted how they are viewed in society today.

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