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Virtual Conversation: Arts, Crafts, and the Morris & Co. Aesthetic



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  • Registration is at capacity for this program. The program will be recorded and available on the Art Institute of Chicago’s YouTube in the near future.

A beige-colored cloth with a floral embroidery pattern outlined lightly in sienna. Only a portion has been embroidered, and only partially: a pink peony on a thin vertical branch with multitonal green leaves.

Designed by John Henry Dearle and produced by Morris & Co., Peony, design 1885–90, made 1905–17. The Art Institute of Chicago, gift of Crab Tree Farm Foundation.

Melinda Watt, chair and Christa C. Mayer Thurman Curator of Textiles, and Jordana Munk Martin, founder of the textile-based archive, library, and journal TATTER, discuss Morris & Co.’s enduring aesthetic and impact on contemporary arts and crafts.

About the Speaker


Jordan Munk Martin conceived of and launched a unique textile research space and adjacent education facility in Brooklyn, NY, for the purpose of textile study, visual inspiration, and scholarship. Blue: The Tatter Textile Library is home to over 6,000 books and textile objects. The adjacent workshop offers over 50 workshops per year as well as book events and gatherings. Programming steers toward a preservation of ethnographic textile techniques within contemporary themes. Visitors to the library include artists, designers, costumers, historians, and more. The library includes partial or full personal libraries of Edith Wyle, Carol Westfall, Cora Ginsburg, and Jordana Munk Martin. Martin also serves as the editor-in-chief of TATTER.

Previously, Martin was curator and author of Material Cultures (Bric Arts Media, Brooklyn, NY), a group exhibition featuring the work of eight contemporary visual artists who engage with and respond to essential elements of textile: weaving, pattern, draping, embellishing, and wearing, highlighting profound connections to history, ritual practice, cultural identity, creative expression, and politics. Martin was also a co-founder, mentor, and writing instructor for the artist-in-residency program for the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BFA from Brandeis University, an MFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design, and an associate degree in surface design from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Made possible by the Carol Given Winston Fund.

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