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 my part 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
“After two years of private testing and with millions of dollars from investors, including some celebrities in the art and technology worlds, ART.SY aims to do for visual art what Pandora did for music and Netflix for film: become a source of discovery, pleasure and education.”
Photos from Andrea’s summer trip to Colombia, clockwise from upper left:Cartagena wall art, a local Cartagena bus, the historic zone, the famous Bazurto Social Club; a local kitchen in Santa Ana, Bolivar; Valledupar and Pueblo Bello, Cesar.
A stack of vintage fabrics at Andrea Aranow’s archives — Andrea has been collecting fabrics all over the world for six decades, providing inspiration to every fashion house on god’s green earth, and building a truly stunning wealth of textiles. We have spent many hours softly patting stacks of perfectly folded fabric squares and gazing into the eyes of vintage Japanese futon fabric swatches as their hues shifted almost imperceptibly in the thin light allowed into Andrea’s studio. Stay tuned for an interview with Andrea about her life, the fashion world and her very beautiful obsession, coming soon.
During Andrea’s travels in Japan, she visited the Nishijin Weavers Co-op.
"I made a visit with a painter of yuzen kimono. You can see illustrated the dye tests for the cones of color he was applying and the curved bamboo sticks which maintain the tension during the painting of the design on the silk jacquard ground cloth." -Andrea Aranow
The Yuzen dyeing technique was established during the Edo period (around 1700) It is a form of dyeing that uses a rice paste as a resist. It keeps the colors separated like a stencil. The dyeing technique is used mainly for elaborate kimono and takes months to create one kimono.