Weaving: Mother of the Digital AgeVIEW EVENT DETAILS
Arts and Culture
Drink Reception 6:30pm
Textiles makers may well have been among the first math wizards. Many of these “wizards” live in what is today Laos. Various weaving methods have been devised to design and store intricate patterns. The Lao-Tai peoples of Laos have developed a two heddle system to create and preserve complex supplementary “brocade” designs that enable the pattern code to be used and reused. This unique method allows the weaver to “store” her designs and accompany her when she travels; the original mobile app. In this evening presentation, Carol Cassidy, who, with her Lao Textiles team have been using traditional textile weaving techniques for nearly 30 years, will detail the method of the “weave code” used create modern designs, and illustrate her unique model for preservation and innovation of hand weaving that Lao Textiles has been practicing since 1990 in Laos and beyond.
Carol Cassidy is the co-founder and owner of Lao Textiles, has been working with yarn, color, weaving and fiber art for over four decades. She studied hand weaving and textile design in Norway in 1975 and Finland and earned a BFA from the University of Michigan in 1980. She has been a Guggenheim Studio Artist for more than 10 years. In 1989, Carol moved to Southeast Asia to work as a weaving expert on an ILO/UN weaving project in Vientiane, Laos. Shortly thereafter, she and her husband established a private, weaving textile business to preserve and continue the tradition of hand weaving of silk in Laos. Traveling widely, Carol teaches and lectures (UCLA, NYU, Columbia University, April 2017) on weaving, creativity, small business management and shares her personal model for weaving success with weavers and artisans all over the world.
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