Thursday, September 15, 2011


As I am getting ready to head off to Kaunas, Lithuania for the 2011 European Textile Network's symposium and the Kaunas Biennial TEXTILE’11 I thought I would just take quick look back at the textile conferences and symposiums I have been to in the past few years.

Sitting on a wall at Kuntst University in Linz watching boats on the Danube waiting to get on a bus to go to Haslach, Austria Austria for the 2009 Europe Textile Network. which took place at Textile Centre Haslach    photo by Della Reams  Public Relations Manager for the Surface Design Association
In January 2009 I attended  Inspired design: Jacquard and Entrepreneurial Textiles. at Blue Ridge Community College, Hendersonville, North Carolina, USA, which was organized by the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design There for the first time I met Beatrijs Sterk the Secretary of the ETN  and publisher of Textile Forum magazine and Vibeke Vestby of Digital Weaving Norway developers of the TC1 Loom and board member of the Europe Textile Network, among others.

Tim Perry-Williams, presentation in the Blue Ridge Community College lecture hall, photo: Dian Magi

Clothing made from Tim Parry- Williams' textiles woven in Japan and used by designers involved with Livingstone Studio, London, photo by JL 
Left to right: Christina Leitner from the Textile Kultur Haslach in Austria, Vibeke Vestby of Digital Weaving Norway developers of the TC1 Loom and board member of the Europe Textile Network, to my right is Beatrijs Sterk the Secretary of the ENT and publisher of Textile Forum magazine. we are standing in the classroom at the Jacquard Center, also in Hendersonville, photo by: Stephan Michelson,

you can read about Inspired Design in fQ Volume 5 Issue 2/ Spring 2009 -

The clock tower, chiming every fifteen minutes and meeting the church bells on the hour where part of the charm of Upper Austria
next stop the European Textile Association’s 15th biannual Conference: “Revival of Old Textile Centres: a new future for training”  Wednesday, July 22 until Friday July 24, 2009. Haslach was a charming old town in a region with a long with a long history of textile making that is laying claim to a future with them. My attending the 2009 conference was supported by a Travel grant from the Canada Arts Council. With a few days of pre-conference things to do in Vienna I took a bunch of photographs and posted facebook albums after I returned.
leaving the MAK: Museum of Applied Kuntz [arts] Vienna left to right, Julia Astreou-Chirstoforou from Cyprus, Philippa Brock, from Brittan, Lise Frølund from Denmark and Dianna Springall from Brittan
  see more photo's from Vienna i fb Albums
ETN 2009 Conference in Austria

webermarket 2009, Textile Kulture Haslach

Buildings I saw in Austria and had to photograph

Barbara Girardi Feltmaker, designer, coordinator of 'Le Arti Tessili Association' and 'Valcellina Award' from Udine, Italy and myself checking out the weekend textile market in Haslach which has run since 1640.

What can I say with a few days before and after I will be in Kaunas for 10 days and try to keep you posted and up to date on what is happening .Here is a breakdown of the schedule for the first four  days,  the Bienale is just beginning it Runs for three months 

schedule September 21-25

meeting at the Textile Department of the Vilnius Art Academy (VVA, Malunu St. 5) with an introduction of the textile education programme and textile art projects by Prof Eglė Bogdanienė.
12.00 – 12.45 h Visit "Fresh Textile" exhibition of VVA students at the VVA Exhibition Center (Maironio St 3)
13.00 – 14.00 h Lunch at the canteen of the Academy
14.15 – 14.45 h Visit "Textile Stories" exhibition Sv. Jono Gallery (Sv. Jono St.)
15.00 – 15.30 h Visit of the Anastasija &Antanas Tamosaitis Textile Museum (Gaono St.)
15.30 – 16.00 h Visit the exhibition "Stitch System" by Inga Likšaitė at the VAA Gallery "Artifex" (Gaona St. 1) 16.00 – 18.00 h Visiting Pilies and Didzioji St. (old town), the Old Town in Vilnius is said to be the most beautiful in Lithania
18.00 h Opening of the Intl. Mini Textile Exhibition "Vamish/Survive" at Gallery ARKA, Ausros Vartu g. 7 street)

Louise Lemieux Bérubé. will have a solo exhibition as one of the satellite exhibitions happening in  Vilnius   THE FLIGHT. 2009. Handwoven Jacquard: tencel, stainless steel, copper, linen, wool. 158 x 145 cm. Pictured: choregraph Sarah Chase; art director – Kathy Casey, Montréal Danse; photograph of choregraphy and textile artwork: Louise Lemieux Bérubé.

Friday, 23 September
9 – 9.30 h
Registration (location 1)
9.30 h
Welcome address Dr. Virginija Vitkienė and by Lala de Dios, President of ETN
10 h
Start of the Session „Rewind into the Future“

How to empower textile culture for the future, why is it important and what is left to be done for the upcoming generation (see Short Notes on the Speakers)
9.30 h
Introduction: Beatrijs Sterk and Laima Oržekauskienė, Lithuania
10 h
Reiko Sudo, Japan
10.20 h
Chunghie Lee, South Korea
10.40 h
Cynthia Schira, USA
11.10 h
Lia Cook, USA
11.30 - 12 h
Coffee break
12 h
Louise Lemieux Bérubé, Canada
12.20 - 12.40 h
Sarah Braddock Clarke/Marie O'Mahony, UK
12.40 - 14 h
Lunch / exhibition opening (location 1 ): Reiko Sudo
14 h
Diana Springall, UK
14.20 h
Paulina Ortiz, Costa Rica & Máximo Laura, Peru
14.50 h
Candace Edgerley & Carolyn Kallenborn, USA
15.20 h
Anne Wanner, Switzerland
15.40 h
Vibeke Vestby, Norway
16 - 16.20 h
Coffee break
16.20 h
Ludmila Egorova /Andrew Schneider, Ukraine
16.40 h - 17 h
Marina Blumin, Russia
18 h
Exhibition visit (location 6): Tour through the exhibition REWIND Personal Story
Saturday, 24 September
9 h
Networking session (location 1), Programme details to follow

Moderators Lala de Dios and Beatrijs Sterk
25 lectures by ETN members and guests (format 10 minutes/10 images each) are accepted in the order of registration (application conditions at the ETN Secretariat)
11 - 11.30
Coffee break
11.30 - 13 h
Networking continued
13 - 14 h
14 - 17.30 h
Networking continued
18 h
Exhibition opening (location 8): Andean Textile Art, Máximo Laura, Peru
20 h
Conference Dinner (location 5)

Sunday, 25 September (National Heritage Day)
10 h
Visit to the Archives of the National Museum (location 1)
12 h
Trip by bus to the Open Air Museum in Rumšiškės (25 km from Kaunas)
12.30 – 16 h
Special programme at the Open Air Museum
19 h
Exhibition visits: Laima Oržekauskienė (loc. 7); Estonian Art (loc.9)

well I am ready to be shipped home and I haven't even left yet


No comments: