CHT Art Camp, coming March 27 – 30, 2020 in New Braunfels, Texas at Newcombe’s Tennis Ranch. Our biennial “mini” conference featuring Texas instructors. Time together with CHT fiber and textile friends from around the state.
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San Antonio Weaves at the World Heritage Festival, Sept 8, 2018
THREADS OF TIME:
SPINNING, WEAVING AND DYEING AT THE MISSIONS
Mission Espada, 10040 Espada Rd, San Antonio, TX 78214
San Antonio weavers and spinners will join with the National Park Service to highlight the process of making cloth. Weaving, spinning and dyeing were all part of life the missions during the period of Spanish settlement.
On September 8 join the San Antonio Handweavers Guild and the National Park Service for weaving demonstrations and family-friendly activities at the only World Heritage site in Texas. Free.
The William J. Hill Texas Artisans and Artists Archive:
A Tool for Researching 19th century Texas Needleworkers and Weavers
Presented by Michelle Verret Johnson
on Saturday September 15th 10:00am – noon
2723 Commerce, Suite 106 Houston, TX 77002
Everyone is welcome.
Created by the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Hill Archive is a freely-searchable online archive that documents the lives, work, and products of Texas artisans and artists through 1900. Named for the late Houston collector and Bayou Bend supporter William J. Hill, the archive is intended to facilitate research, understanding, and
appreciation of Texas decorative arts, as well as painting, photography, and other media.
One of the more exciting avenues of research made available by the Hill Archive is that of needleworkers and weavers. Records of amateurs as well as professionals are included with images of their work, advertisements, and tools of the trade. This presentation will highlight examples of these records, provide tips for searching and browsing the Hill Archive, and discuss avenues for further research of these 19th century textile artisans.
One of the more exciting avenues of research made available by the Hill Archive is that of needleworkers and weavers.
The Hill Archive went live in January 2013 with 6,000 records, and its online content now boasts of over 100,000 records. The Hill Archive aims to bridge the gap between the vast array of 19th century Texas decorative arts and the noticeable lack of published research on the artisans and artists who created the objects. As a result, The Hill Archive is a hybrid database that consists of census records, city directory entries, research notes, newspapers, manuscripts, ephemera, correspondence, and objects from a variety of institutions and private collections across Texas.
Michelle Verret Johnsonjoined the William J. Hill Texas Artisans and Artists Archive as Project Manager in April, 2014. She holds a Master of Library and Information Science from Louisiana State University and a Master of Arts in History from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is an avid embroiderer and accumulator of family needlework and textiles.