Patrice George, Assistant Professor, Textile Development and Marketing, Fashion Institute of Technology, is the keynote speaker at Complex Weavers Seminars 2012.
Edward Maeder will present a luncheon lecture The Rise and Fall of the Female Breast: The Aesthetics of the Bosom in History.
Maeder is recognized as a leading authority in textile history in the United States and abroad.
Unlike the dour reports from Wall Street, George is optimistic that stunning textiles will continue to be woven for at least 100 years more.
Keynote lecture to be held in conjunction with an opening of Glamor, Glitter, Glitz! Complex Weavers Show at the VisArts Gallery. Transportation provided.
Recently retired from the museum at Historic Deerfield, he has held curatorial positions at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto.
Drawing on the research she is doing as she works toward a graduate degree in Fashion and Textile History, George's presentation, Tradition and Technology in Woven Textiles: A Complex Relationship, looks at highlights of historical woven textile production and follows both techniques and design into the 21st Century.
"(t)he point is that nature has never managed to put 'bosoms' where 'fashion' says they must be." Edward Maeder