Some of the most innovative and exciting textiles are variations on themes that have been around for centuries. Focusing on the theme of process and technique, McQuaid’s talk presents examples of textiles across different time periods, cultures, and geography to show how textile making can be a uniting activity and a creative form that distinguishes its time, place, and maker. Using examples from Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s superb collection of textiles that span 24 centuries, this talk offers insight into how the making of textiles creates an historic continuum that continues to inspire artists and designers today. Part of the Modern Design History Seminar series at the Bard Graduate Center in New York City. For more information, visit bgc.bard.edu.

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