Florida Tech Presents Friends of Textiles Lectures March 18, April 8

MELBOURNE, FLA.—Florida Institute of Technology will host two speakers for the Friends of Textiles Lecture Series on March 18 and April 8. Both lectures will be in the Denius Student Center’s Hartley Room at 7 p.m.

Lee Talbot, associate curator of the Eastern Hemisphere Collections at the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C., will discuss “Cosmology and East Asian Textile Design” on March 18.

Before joining the Textile Museum, Talbot served three years as curator and lecturer at the Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum at Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul, Korea. From 2001 to 2003, he was a teaching assistant and lecturer at the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design and Culture in New York where he is currently pursuing his doctoral degree.

Talbot’s experience also includes work at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Sotheby’s in New York, the Korea Foundation and Royal Asiatic Society in Seoul. He has published in Arirang and Studies in the Decorative Arts.

Skye Morrison, the April 8 presenter, is a Canadian folklorist and textile designer. Her talk is “Stitching the Flat World Together.”

For 22 years, Morrison taught at the Sheridan School of Crafts and Design in Oakville, Ontario. She curated the Adivasi Indian and Canadian Inuit collaborative exhibition “Images Tell Stories: Thread Has a Life of Its Own” at Harbourfront, Toronto, in 2004. In 1999, she co-curated the exhibition “Stitching Women’s Lives: Sujuni and Khatwa from Bihar, India” at the Textile Museum of Canada. Sujuni and khatwa are a form of embroidery in Bihar.

Morrison received her doctorate in folklore from the University of Pennsylvania and her master’s degree in design from Cornell University. Her work in India continues through technical writing, forming a sujuni group in Bihar and a khatwa group of Adivasi women in Jharkhand, India, and in Canada.

Tickets are $10 each for the general public; the lectures are free to Friends of Textiles members and full-time students. For more information, visit http://textiles.fit.edu or contact the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts, at (321) 674-8313.

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