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Friday, April 24 • 7:00pm - 7:50pm
[VIRTUAL] Spinning yarns through history: Textiles and the construction of a nostalgic past

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This event will take the form of a 'stitch and bitch' with a brief presentation and directed discussion of the various ways that textile production has been used historically as a way to evoke an idealized past for political and social gains. Some examples include: the emperor Augustus bragging that his wife, daughter, and granddaughters made all of his clothing by hand; prioritizing ’homespun’ cloth over imported fabrics during the American Revolution; the Arts and Crafts movement in general, and Mahatma Gandhi’s return to traditional Indian textile techniques. This spirit continues into modern uses of textile arts for social activism in interesting ways. Bring your current portable craft project (spinning, knitting, sewing etc) and engage in a discussion of how hindsight isn't always 20/20 when it's intentionally presented for political gains.

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Morgan Lemmer Webber

PhD Candidate, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Morgan is a PhD Candidate in Art History with interests in the social history of women in the ancient world, Roman material culture, textile history, digital humanities, and free software in academia. Her craft hobbies are too numerous to list. She dabbles with programming in Racket... Read More →

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