Sharon de Lyster discusses the cost of fast fashion on society versus the value of handmade textiles which carry stories of cultural identity providing ethical production, economic empowerment and preserving heritage craft.
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Cutalogue of Textiles
Sara Oka is Curator of Textiles at the Honolulu Museum of Arts. Before working at the museum, she taught art and bookbinding at various institutions and coordinated public art programming for the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts. She talks about the inventory of her collection of textiles from all around the world. She shows pictures of different types of clothes and designs on them, from different parts of the world.
Preserving and Developing the Songket Legacy
BY JACQUELINE FONG
@ VOL 2
ON APR 01, 2016
In Preserving and Developing the Songket Legacy at PechaKucha Night Kuching Vol. 2, Jacqueline Fong introduces the traditional technique of weaving songket, an artisan craft of Sarawak is not only preserved but also continuously being developed into modern fashionable pieces connecting the ancient craft to new markets around the world. The efforts not only improve the lives of the rural Sarawakian community but also encourage preservation and growth of this ancient craft.
Weaving for the Soul
BY RENÉ BAHLOO
@ VOL 18
ON AUG 24, 2016
“I have shared my deepest essence, my creative energy, and so the world is dream into being”
In Weaving for the Soul from PechaKucha Night Sunshine Coast Vol.18 , René Bahloo explains her special interest as an artist in the practice and philosophy of weaving, using natural plant fibres. She shares her knowledge locally through a number of weaving circles and facilitates transformational journeys to remote Indigenous Australian and African communities, for deep connection to land, culture, healing and traditional weaving. Her sculptural installation pieces have been present at a number of conferences and have also been discovered contemplating life, the universe and everything. In her presentation Rene shares her passion for connecting culture, womens' business, personal growth and environmental awareness into the weaving of her life, and into the lives of others.
This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on September 27th, 2016.
Uncovering, and then Recovering. A Family Tradition.
BY WES BREITENBACH
@ VOL 20
ON AUG 18, 2016
Wes Breitenbach shares a brief history of how comfortable we have become just sitting around and how one craft has spanned five generations of his family.
Dynamic Styles: Change and Continuity in Pacific Visual Culture
BY MARATA TAMAIRA
@ VOL 28
ON NOV 11, 2016
"The visual cultures styles... are responsive to change yet they retain the thread of continuity of the past."
In Dynamic Styles: Change and Continuity in Pacific Visual Culture at PechaKucha Night Honolulu Vol.28, Dr. Mārata Ketekiri Tamaira introduces a selection of Pacific visual culture styles from across the region, emphasizing the way they express the dynamic relationship between change and continuity over time and space. To narrow her focus, she considers three key sites of aesthetic production, including architecture, textiles, and sculpture.
Dr. Mārata Ketekiri Tamaira hails from Aotearoa New Zealand and has genealogical ties with the central North Island tribe of Ngāti Tūwharetoa. She is a Honolulu-based Māori scholar and university instructor whose research focuses on contemporary Hawaiian and Pacific art.
This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday, February 1st, 2017.