MasterArtClasses, a platform for teaching art, heritage matters and indigenous knowledge systems has announced ‘Telling Textile Tales,’ an online conference to be broadcast live from September 26 – 28, 2022 at 2pm West African Time. The online conference is supported by the British Council SSA programme grant 2021.
According to the Convener, Prof. Peju Layiwola, “The conference weaves different dimensions of textile art into a tapestry that will illuminate both the ancient and contemporary practices of the art and reveal multi-vocal conversations and multiculturalist expressions that textiles engender. It will bring together experts, fashion designers, artists, entrepreneurs and teachers working on various aspects of textile art and design from Nigeria, Jamaica, the U.K. and the U.S. Scholars are drawn from all the geopolitical regions of Nigeria. Speakers will discuss topics that reveal the complexity of textile art and production from their own perspectives and spaces.
“In its unique format, this conference specifically focuses on a particular field of specialization that brings together a large stream of fashion and textile practitioners to share their wealth of knowledge about the art. It allows them to tell their stories and tales in ways that are novel, rich and captivating. Rather than the usual keynote addresses that characterize academic conferences, a series of conversations with great fashion icons that have shaped the world of fashion, both locally and internationally, will be held.
“Some of the topics to be discussed during this three-day event will engage the place of textile in community engagement, widespread notions of fabric designing, pedagogical dimensions of textile designs within the academy and informal structures. In addition, it will also explore the interface between fashion and textile, costume designing, textile and ancillary arts, the role of textile cooperatives, exploration of textiles in artistic creations, historical considerations, gender relations and cross-cultural connections.”
Conversations with fashion icons will help illuminate the conference theme. Ade Bakare will be in conversation with Professor Jean Borgatti, Deola Sagoe with Layiwola, and Deola Famson (Delabique) with Evelyn Osagie.