Born, borrowed, or stolen, textile traditions and practices are intimately tied to all of us. During Holding Space: Unraveling Appropriation in Fiber Art, we’ll delve into appropriation vs. appreciation and why this distinction matters. Join us for a virtual panel discussion amongst artists and educators Emi Ito, Japheth Asiedu-Kwarteng, and Meghann O’Brien with moderator Karen Baker.
Emi Ito is an educator and activist writing about the cultural appropriation of the kimono in sustainable fashion and her experiences of motherhood, race, and education. Japheth Asiedu-Kwarteng’s works are inspired by traditional Ghanaian symbolism and the communicative potential of fabric and fibers to discuss the experiences of the African Diaspora. Meghann O’Brien is a Northwest Coast weaver working in the traditions of basketry, Yeil Koowu (Raven’s Tail) and Naaxiin (Chilkat) textiles.
This annual event is organized by SDA’s Equity, Access, and Integration Committee. Holding Space celebrates, educates, and encourages conversation with the intent of building a healthy, active, and diverse fiber community to drive change.
This event is free and open to the public but does require registration.