4th International Conference on Braids, Iga

13-18 October 2019

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Keynote
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Mon. 9:00-9:45 Jennie Parry My Obsession with Takadai: Experiments and Innovations
The Takadai is such an amazing piece of equipment; quite simple compared with some looms, yet ingenious. The freedom to experiment and exploit these qualities pierced my very being, and continues to do so. This talk will touch on my explorations of both the equipment as well as the potential unending combinations of unorthodox materials and structures. The scale of work ranges from a few centimetres to two metres tall, from personal adornment to large sculptures. Whilst I have huge respect for the amazing traditional skills, my own work continues on its pioneering and evolving journey, and I wish to share this with fellow braiders at Braids 2019.
 
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Tue. 9:00-9:45 Reiko Sudo Japanese textiles tradition and changes: Textile creations of NUNO
Around various parts of Japan, there are scattered textile production areas that have developed with various historical backgrounds of textiles. One of its features is that, under highly specialized division of labor, highly skilled technicians are working with mutual trust. A fabric is completed by going around each factory in one production area. The fabrics designed by NUNO can also be made by collaboration with technicians active in such Japanese production areas. Contemporary fabric creation in Japan cannot be performed independent of the history, culture and industrial structure of Japanese textiles. Rather, it can be said that new creations become possible by studying and using such cultural and historical backgrounds of Japanese textiles. In this talk I would like to introduce the textiles technology and the environment remaining in various places, recalling the record of my journey to the textile production area.
 
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Thu. 9:00-9:45 Susan Foulkes Simple and Complex: The Craft of Weaving Bands in Northern Europe
For many years I have been researching the woven bands from northern European countries. This talk will take you on a journey around eight northern European countries and show examples of the complex and the simple woven bands that I have been privileged to see. We will cover quite a lot of ground, from Norway to Russia and also take a boat trip to the Aran Islands off the coast of Ireland. Visiting museums for research is like a treasure hunt. Museums only have a few of their many items on display. Going behind the scenes and being given access to their store is so exciting. Museum collections grow over time and are dependent on the donations of local people. Usually items accepted by the museum will be the best or most complex pieces of weaving. The simple and everyday can be overlooked and, particularly in the past, not considered worthy of being collected. I would like to share with you the amazing variety of woven bands that I have seen and in many cases woven.
 
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Fri. 9:00-9:45 Makiko Tada Historical Development, Reconstruction and Engineering of Kumihimo
Kumihimo has been developed to meet the requirements of the aristocrat, buddhist and warrior societies resulting in a aesthetic and functional varieties. I would like to introduce the history of Kumihimo in Japan in terms of beauty-functionality relations and theories underlying its evolution. My involvements in reconstruction of the cultural property Kumihmos including scrolls of the national treasure class are explained as an example of analysis for the historical development. A quantitative approach to the reconstruction supported by the modern technologies is emphasized. Applications of Kumihimo composite materials to aircrafts, automotive parts and sports fields are also mentioned.
Evening talk
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Tue. 17:00-17:45 Joy Boutrup Research into European Braiding
European braids have not been analysed or described in detail until recently. The work of Noémi Speiser on the manuscripts with loop braiding instructions made it an open question of how far such braids were to be found in on objects in museums and other collections. As loop braiding uses no tools only the braids themselves will bear witness about the techniques used. A research into European braids started about 15 years ago and the majority of the investigated braids are loop braided. Loop braiding seems to have been the main production method applied by professionals as well as amateurs throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Only a small part of this research is as yet published. The lecture will contain examples of objects with braids, analyses and reconstructions of the most unusual braids together with the known historical illustrations of loop manipulation.
 
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Tue. 17:00-17:45 Katia Johansen Conservation issues with braids
Trained as a textile conservator and after a lifetime in the field, I would like to offer a lecture on textile conservation and how participants may want to consider various aspects of their own production as well as their private collections to preserve them as well as possible. This includes choice of materials and avoiding detrimental combinations, best techniques, cleaning recommendations, dyeing and fading, tarnishing, handling, documentation and labeling, sharing and publishing, presentation and storage. Illustrations and actual samples of degraded and mistreated textiles will illustrate dangers and damages that can be avoided.
 
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Tue. 17:00-17:45 Gil Dye Lace and Laces in the 16th Century
Is lace a sturdy tie or a fragile fabric? In the early 1500s all references to 'lace' were for cords and ties, a century later men and women were wearing wide linen collars made or edged with the fine white fabric we now know as 'lace'. In this informal talk Gil will be sharing some of the discoveries she has made during her research into bobbin lace of that period and related techniques for braids and cords.
 
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Fri. 17:00-17:45 Lyn Christiansen & Barbara Walker The Story about Our Journey to Make a Piece of Art Together
Two fiber artists with very different approaches to their work entice you to explore mixing fiber media and techniques and working in collaboration with other artists. Lyn Christiansen brings her experience with kumihimo using the maradai, takadai, and her own kukeidai, having discovered this passion from an art, woodturning, and passementerie background. Barbara J. Walker, an expert and innovator in ply-splitting, came to the technique from the world of loom weaving. They will tell their story of creating a new joint piece in 2018-19. The talk explores issues that arrive when collaborating and problems solved when combining a wide range of techniques. .
 
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Fri. 17:00-17:45 Ruth MacGregor A Celebration of Small Woven Things
Utilitarian or decorative, small woven bands can make a big difference. A beautiful blanket becomes a framed masterpiece with a finish of trim, ribbon, applied band or fringe. Household goods become durable treasures when they have hidden reinforcements, braided piping, a constructed closure or even a humble hanging loop. Garments thrill to the touch of brocade, playful ricrac, a subtle accent line or flash of color. Ribbons, trims, tapes and accents are embedded in the fabric of most human cultures, and this presentation explores these small, helpful textiles. In addition to the history and many uses of woven bands, the lecture introduces many of the tools weavers have used to create them – a range of implements from the most simple to the surprisingly complex. Though not comprehensive, the scope is wide-ranging, presenting traditions from Scandinavia to northern Africa, from western Europe to Japan. The talk focuses on these small textiles and the widely varied tools and techniques used to create them.