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Textile Tours at Home: Pierre Cardin, Chawne Kimber, and more!

Happy New Year, Voyagers! 

I hope everyone had a lovely holiday season and is feeling refreshed and excited about the new year. I want to say thanks to all of our voyagers who sent kind words about the newsletter and to those who have worked with us while we rescheduled our 2020 trips.

We currently have the Grand British Textile Tour and the Grand Swedish Textile Tour schedule for this upcoming fall, and I have high hopes that we will be able to travel with you again soon.

In the meantime, here is a list of textile-related fun found online. Watch, enjoy, and get inspired.


Watch: House of Cardin

Legendary designer Pierre Cardin passed away recently at the ripe old age of 98. Cardin is best known for his futuristic fashion in the 1960s, but he was also a trailblazer in many other aspects of the fashion world. A new film, House of Cardin, documents the designer’s career.  Watch House of Cardin ➔

Read: Quilter Chawne Kimber

Chawne Kimber is well-known in the quilting world for her statement quilts that address social justice issues. The Washington Post recently published a great profile on Kimber, which touches upon how she weaves activism into her art and the reactions to her work. Read the Washington Post profile of Chawne Kimber ➔

Make: Crochet a Floral Collar

Designer Katie Jones hand-knits and crochets technicolor garments. Jones filmed this quick and fun floral collar crochet tutorial for the Victoria & Albert Museum. Make the Flower Folk Collar with Katie Jones ➔

Watch: The World of Anna Sui

The Fashion and Textile Museum is starting to release online events on demand! I’ve caught some of the live online events, but the London time difference can make it difficult to attend. This week I’ll be watching The World of Anna Sui, a talk about Sui’s career from the ’90s onward. Watch The World of Anna Sui ➔

Discover: Artist Vanessa Barragão

Vanessa Barragão is a Portuguese textile artist who utilizes recycled materials. Inspired by the environment, her work evokes lush underwater life. See more of Vanessa’s work here ➔

Learn: Cut Flower Garden Mini Course

Now is the time for gardeners to make plans for 2021 planting. I’ve been reading my seed catalogs, started making planting charts, and even signed up for the Floret Cut Flower Garden Mini Course – which will provide a refresher on seed starting. The February course is free and will be a welcome reminder that summer is coming. Sign up for the Cut Flower Garden Mini Course ➔