Textile Talks: Crafting with Technology

Speakers: Nithikul Nimkulrat, Olivia Valentine, and Lee Jones

Moderator: Khadija Aziz

6 July 2021, 2:00pm–3:00pm (EST)
online via Zoom

presented by Surface Design Association

"How does the collaboration between hand and machine contribute to the potential of crafts? What does it mean to make the digital tangible? Sponsored by Surface Design Association, this webinar  will introduce textile artists and designers who use technology and digital tools to investigate modes of communication, materiality, and traditional craft techniques. Dr. Nithikul Nimkulrat from Toronto, Ontario will discuss the transformation of analog forms into digital using a range of techniques, including 3D scanning, CAD, Virtual Reality (VR), 3D printing, and slip casting. Olivia Valentine from Des Moines, Iowa will discuss her long-term collaboration with composer and sound artist Paula Matthusen “between systems and grounds” – now in its second incarnation utilizing a customized AVL Compudobby loom and a variety of web-streaming platforms. Lee Jones from Ottawa, Ontario will discuss how with e-textiles (electronic textiles) we can shift the focus to how individuals can be makers and designers of their own technologies. The event will be moderated by Khadija Aziz from Toronto, Ontario, whose process-based practice bridges the gaps between textile-making techniques and digital technologies to generate unexpected outcomes through translation, chance, and distortion."

Nithikul's talk is entitled "Hand-Crafting Through Digital Means."

Textile Talks features weekly presentations and panel discussions from Surface Design Association, the International Quilt Museum, Modern Quilt Guild, Quilt Alliance, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, and Studio Art Quilt Associates.