CIETA (Centre International d’Etude des Textiles Anciens) held its biennieal conference in Berlin. I attended, presenting a paper co-authored by Dr Maureen Matthews, curator at the Manitoba Museum. The subject of the conference was ‘Textiles in Transfer and Transformation’. The Canadian sash seemed to fit the topic perfectly.
I met amazing people at the conference, and learned a great deal about textiles … as is usual at such conferences. After the CIETA conference, I travelled to Prague where I met with an amazing sprang artist, Sylva Cekalova. Check out her website
Yes, the website comes up in the Czech language, but there’s a little British flag in the upper right hand corner, that takes you to the English translation. Sylva showed me some of her creations, and I am in awe. We discussed diverse pattern-writing methods, different approaches to communicating the structure.
I then travelled to Munich, where I visited with Dagmar Drinkler, famous for her research on those sprang leggings. I’ve met with a few snags in my attempts to re-create garments in certain Medieval portraits. Her suggestions are always helpful.
In France I visited with the archaeologist Fabienne Medard. She and I are working on that reconstructed sprang turban, will present together in Antwerp in late November.
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Carol acknowledges that we are on Treaty 1 territory, the traditional gathering place of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene people and the traditional homeland of the Métis people. Carol also acknowledges that sprang is part of many indigenous traditions and found in various forms all over the world. Let us re-discover this technique together.
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