This is the slickest system I have ever seen for fetching material in a library. The user selects an item from the database on the computer the then the mechanized file system pushes the item out for retrieval. The user can put the item back in any location and the system keeps of track of where the object is dynamically. Neat-o
We had the extreme pleasure and honor to visit the Bunka Fashion Resource Center in Tokyo. Established in 1999 it consists of the Textile Division of 8,000 fabric samples, the Audiovisual Division which houses media, films and video from runway shows and the Costume Division which contains historic costumes as well as an archive of student garments numbering over 50,000 items!
It was just breathtaking seeing the dedication and organization, after visiting schools from three different continents the Bunka Fashion Resource Center was head and shoulders above anything else I have ever seen. Talking with Urama Masao who leads the department was like talking to a kindred spirit hiss dedication to maintaining such a high standard for resources for students was inspiring.
Along with the maintaining the resources the Center also produces printed material (which are pictured) twice a year to highlight the collections and students work.
Annin Barrett and I were honored to present our paper on digital textile archives at Goldsmith university in London. Unfortunately there was no video of the event however here is an excerpt from the conclusion of the talk:
"Archives such as ours have potential to become empowering platforms for future generations through the preservation and dissemination of knowledge and cultural material both in person and online. Preserving the rich contextual knowledge contained within institutions is crucial because it is exactly the type of information that is not likely to be displayed on tumblr, pinterest or a google image search……the best way to preserve and honor the deep knowledge contained within our textile archives and collections is to expose new generations to the rich history, intricate techniques and stunning visual beauty of textiles through integrated, immersive physical and digital experiences that go beyond the surface”.
Views from Andreas booth at the San Francisco Textile and Tribal Arts show where she was showcasing her collection of Peruvian fiesta embroideries among many other beautiful textiles. Also visiting the booth and taking in all the gorgeous textiles was her grandson Lucius.
"A few days ago I had a surprise reunion with a jacket I made more than forty years ago. It was during the short years I designed and fabricated custom clothes at Dakota Transit, in the East Village, New York. There were a few clients who always encouraged me to step forward: Ursula Flurer was one of these people. Known then as now for her mischievous grin and creative sparks, she assigned me the task of making a Lucky Strike jacket for her. I got carried away, but she was able to carry it off, regardless."-Andrea Aranow