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Maiwa Podcasts

Luminaries in the textile arts present at the Maiwa School of Textiles. These presentations are from an international collection of writers, travellers, craftspeople and artists.

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Field Notes in the Colour Garden pt 1 — Michel Garcia

When leading natural dye expert Michel Garcia goes into a garden, what does he see? He sees botanical strategies for survival that often give new insights into dye procedures and methods.

59mins

16 Jul 2018

Rank #1

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Creating a Garden of Natural Dye Plants Part 1

Join Michel Garcia as he leads us on a walk through the garden of natural dye plants, explaining the motivation and origins of this project, how it has evolved, new challenges faced, and what the future holds. 

1hr 3mins

15 Jan 2010

Rank #2

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The Working Traveller - Part 1 - John Gillow

In this, the first of four episodes, John Gillow introduces his life and speaks about his passion for textiles. John is a well established author who has produced a wide range of title for the publisher Thames and Hudson. He is currently completeing a new title, Textiles of the Islamic World. Johnw is also a collector who has witnessed the changes in the Kutch Desert of India for Over 30 years.

17mins

16 Jan 2008

Rank #3

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Creating a Garden of Natural Dye Plants Part 2

Join Michel Garcia as he leads us on a walk through the garden of natural dye plants, explaining the motivation and origins of this project, how it has evolved, new challenges faced, and what the future holds. 

43mins

15 Feb 2010

Rank #4

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Blueleaf Shibori

Recorded at the Maiwa School of Textiles Lecture series 2007.

24mins

15 May 2008

Rank #5

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The Working Traveller: Part 2 Noorjehan Bilgrami

Noorjehan is an artist, textile designer, and researcher. Her interest in traditional crafts led to the establishment of Koel, a workshop that pioneered the revival of hand blockprinted fabrics in Pakistan. She was one of the founders of the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture and its first Executive Director.

20mins

16 Feb 2008

Rank #6

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Stone Diaries and Quilted Lines — Barbara Todd

On October 5, 2015, Barbara Todd delivered her lecture, "Stone Drawings and Quilted Lines" or "One Day Tells Its Tale To Another." to a full house at the Maiwa School of Textiles.

1hr 3mins

17 May 2018

Rank #7

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The Cotton Road: Part 1

In part one Rosemary Crill describes the scope and range of India's trade, its historic beginnings and describes in detail the commerce with the countries in the east. 

39mins

15 Feb 2009

Rank #8

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The Art of Storypainting - Susan Shie

For over thirty years Susan Shie has been producing art on cloth that mixes the personal and the political. Her distinct method of working combines narrative, drawing, and writing into large-format, highly graphic art quilts.

1hr 6mins

21 Jun 2018

Rank #9

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Reel and Weave: The Silkspinner's Story Part 1

Karen Selk has been a textile designer and artist since 1972. Her primary focus has been weaving and fusing felt with silk. In addition to writing, photography, research and textile arts, Karen runs Treenway Silks from her Salt Spring Island Home. 

24mins

6 Aug 2008

Rank #10

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The Working Traveller: Part 3 Charllotte Kwon

In this, the third of four episodes, Charllotte Kwon speaks about how she started Maiwa Handprints and how this business led her to start working with craftspeople in India. Charllotte speaks about the Maiwa approach to craft and how it is designed to promote high quality work while at the same time protecting the artisan's livelihood. She also speaks about the the goals of her travel and how she has managaed the many challenges of working successfully in two countries oceans apart.

31mins

16 Mar 2008

Rank #11

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From the Heart: A Weaver's Journey Part 2

Bhakti Ziek has the ability to talk to a group about her life as a weaver while making it seem as if she is sitting talking directly to each person about their own lives and intimate experiences. In this talk, she updates her journey, sharing how a tenuous, fine thread grew into her life line and the sometimes unpredictable path it has taken. Sharing both the triumphs and knots, periods of intense curiosity and spells of disillusionment, she will talk about ways of staying connected that she has found helpful in her struggle to remain involved, creative, and hopeful as an aging weaver, artist, and human being. 

26mins

22 Jul 2008

Rank #12

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Bleu de Lectoure

Inspired by both the colour and the plant, the Lamberts created Bleu de Lectoure in 1994. Soon their lives were given up to woad. It took more than two years working with chemists from the University of Toulouse to uncover the original fermentation, extraction, and dyeing processes. In an antiques store one day, fate helped them out. They stumbled upon a notebook that belonged to Napoleon’s chemist.

57mins

1 Mar 2010

Rank #13

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Field Notes in the Colour Garden pt 2 — Micahel Garcia

When leading natural dye expert Michel Garcia goes into a garden, what does he see? He sees botanical strategies for survival that often give new insights into dye procedures and methods.

41mins

20 Aug 2018

Rank #14

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African Textiles: The Heart of the Yoruba Part 1

In this lecture master craftsman Gasali Adeyemo will open the evening with a description of his early life in Nigeria and tell how fibre art came into his life. As a participant of the Nike Centre for Arts and Culture, both as a student and later as a teacher, Gasali has a range of experience with traditional crafts. He will give a history of the famous adire techniques and illustrate how they relate to Yoruba culture with a compelling collection of slides. 

39mins

15 Dec 2008

Rank #15

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Reel and Weave: The Silkspinner's Story Part 2

In part two Karen describes her experience in Laos and explains how weaving traditions are an essential part of Laotian culture. 

22mins

15 Aug 2008

Rank #16

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Masters of the Art Part 1

Razzaque and Ismail are Khatris – a hereditary community of dyers and printers who live and work in the desert district of Kutch in Gujarat, India. They are joined by researcher Eiluned Edwards, who has lived, worked, and collaborated with them for many years. 

47mins

15 Oct 2008

Rank #17

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The Independent Artist: Working to Commission

Working to commission involves forming a special working relationship with a client. Large works for public spaces require working with architects, planners, and engineers. It involves navigating through time frames, budgets, and fire regulations. The challenge is not to compromise the creative process due to the added constraints. In fact the reverse can often be true: exciting creative ideas come out of problem solving within a working brief. 

21mins

15 Sep 2008

Rank #18

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The Working Traveller 2009 Part 4

Each member of our panel has carved a road in the wilderness. It is not easy to walk off the map, but they have all done it, struck out alone to follow a path as unknown to themselves as it was to others. And then something happens ... 

33mins

15 Jul 2010

Rank #19

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From Ghandi to Globalization Part 1

In part one Charllotte Kwon introduces Ashoke Chatterjee and explains the application process for a Canadian visa (Mr. Chatterjee, an Indian dignitary with flawless credentials was denied a visa to visit Canada). Ashoke presents the first part of his lecture with visuals via an internet connection to our Vancouver audience. 

38mins

15 Nov 2009

Rank #20