Conference | Printed Fashions: Textiles for Clothing and the Home

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on March 27, 2017

From the conference schedule:

Printed Fashions: Textiles for Clothing and the Home
Colonial Williamsburg, 26–28 March 2017

With their brilliant colors and engaging designs, early painted and printed textiles were eagerly sought for fashionable clothing, quilts, and other home furnishings. But textiles also tell human stories that sound modern: traders transporting goods from the other side of the world in ships powered by wind and sails; domestic workers trying their best to respond to foreign competition; people making the effort to dress in up-to-date styles despite their limited means; and the importance of chemistry and mechanical expertise in the production of consumer goods. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Williamsburg, Virginia, hosts this symposium about painted and printed textiles with invited speakers and juried papers. The symposium coincides with the exhibition Printed Fashions: Textiles for Clothing and the Home, 1700–1820 mounted in the Gilliland Textile Gallery.

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S U N D A Y ,  2 6  M A R C H  2 0 1 7

1:00  Conference registration

3:30  Welcome, Linda Baumgarten (senior curator of textiles and costumes, Colonial Williamsburg)

3:40  Juried Papers
• Philippe Halbert (Ph.D. candidate, Yale University, Department of the History of Art), ‘You know that my dear Mother loves Indienne’: Printed and Painted Textiles in the French Atlantic World, 1675–1800
• Ned Lazaro (associate curator of textiles and collections manager,  Historic Deerfield, Massachusetts), On Risk and Account: The Fashion for Eighteenth-Century Indian Cottons in New England
• John Styles (research professor in History, University of Herfordshire and honorary senior research fellow, Victoria and Albert Museum), How Colonial America’s Taste for Printed Calicoes Drove the British Industrial Revolution

4:50  Break

5:00  Rosemary Crill (honorary research associate, Victoria and Albert Museum), When Print Meets Pen: Block-Printing and Hand-Drawing in Indian Cotton Textiles

6:00  Reception

M O N D A Y ,  2 7   M A R C H  2 0 1 7

8:30  Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg open for conference registrants

9:00  Announcements and introduction to the Printed Fashions exhibition

9:30  Linda Eaton (John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw Director of Collections and Senior Curator of Textiles, Winterthur Museum), Printed Furnitures: The Women’s Side of the Upholstery Trade

10:30  Break

11:00  Susan Greene (author and independent researcher, Alfred Station, New York), From Kalam to Cylinder

12:00  Lunch break with museum exhibitions open

2:00  Juried Papers
• Rebecca Fifield (Head of Collection Management, Special Collections, New York Public Library), Of the Lowest Prices: Printed Textile Use in the Dress of Unfree American Women, 1750–90
•  Jennifer Swope (assistant curator, David and Robert Logie, Department of Textiles and Fashion Arts, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston), The Diversity of Printed Textile in Early America: The Robbins Family Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
• Mary D. Doering (independent scholar, collector and guest curator), Case Study of a Printed Cotton Gown, Possibly Worn in Massachusetts, ca. 1780–85
• Alexandra Barlow (assistant conservator, Textile Conservation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) and Sara Reiter (The Penny and Bob Fox Senior Conservator of Costumes and Textiles, Philadelphia Museums of Art), Printed Gown Patterns: The Conservation of an Early Nineteenth-Century Block-Printed Dress: Techniques and Historical Importance

3:30  Break

4:00  Juried Papers
• Edward Heimiller (curator, The Stephen J. Ponzillo, Jr. Memorial Library & Museum of the Grand Lodge of A.F. & A.M. of Maryland), Revealing Fraternal Secrets: Establishing a Masonic Treatise for Fraternal Design
• Matthew Skic (assistant curator, Museum of the American Revolution, Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania), Stand Fast in the Liberty: A Rare Waistcoat Belt
• Angela Burnley (independent scholar, Williamsburg), 1 Gown Flowered All Over with Cards: Fashion’s Fancy through the Eyes of the Eighteenth-Century Textile Consumer
• Christina Westenberger (assistant manager for museum education, Colonial Williamsburg), Hunting, Murder and Bacon: Backstories of Three Printed Handkerchiefs in the Colonial Williamsburg Collection

T U E S D A Y ,  2 8  M A R C H  2 0 1 7

8:30  Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg open for conference registrants

9:00  Kimberly Ivey (senior curator of textiles and historic interiors, Colonial Williamsburg), Annie L. Hayslip’s Printed Textile Album

9:20  Philip Sykas (research associate, Manchester School of Art, Manchester), Pattern Books within ‘a Seasonal and Fancy Trade’: English Calico Printers, 1780–1830

10:10  Break

10:40  Barbara Brackman (independent scholar and researcher, Lawrence, Kansas), Printed Textiles in Quilts, 1775–1830

11:35  Bridget Long (visiting research fellow in history, University of Hertfordshire), ‘Have You Remembered To Collect Pieces for the Patchwork?’ The Impact of Printed Cloth on Eighteenth-Century Patchwork Practice (juried paper)

12:00  Lunch break with museum exhibitions open

2:00  Juried Papers
• Julia Brennan, Kaitlyn Munro, and Lauren Klamm (conservators, Caring for Textiles, Washington, D.C.), Burn Out: Case Studies in Conserving Printed Textiles
• Anita Loscalzo (independent textile historian, Dover, Massachusetts), Prussian Blue Textiles Found in American Quilts and Dress
• Linda Welters (professor, Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design, University of Rhode Island), In Small Things Forgotten: Three Eighteenth-Century Rhode Island Prints

3:10  Break

3:30  Juried Papers
• Margaret T. Ordoñez (Professor Emertia and Adjunct, Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design, University of Rhode Island), Printed Delaines with a French Label from East Greenwich, Rhode Island, ca. 1843
• Deborah E. Kraak (independent museum professional, Wilmington, Delaware) and Terry Tickhill Terrell (independent quilt history researcher, Masonville, Colorado), What’s in a Name? A New Database of Early Floral Chintz Motifs
• Sheryl DeJong (independent researcher, Reston, Virginia), Printed Fabrics in the Copp Quilt at the Smithsonian
• Lori Lee and Kay Triplett (authors and independent researchers, Overland Park, Kansas), Unexplored Printing Techniques in Textiles

5:00  Closing reception

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