Threads

To complement the seasonal issue of Garland every three months, enjoy these ‘threads’ that appear every day or so.

 

The Shanghai Public Cultural Content Supply Platform: Distributing culture to the people / 通过公共文化服务平台 - Li Zhiwei writes about a municipal service for cultural producers to find audiences across Shanghai.
Jessica Murtagh ✿ Ancient Athens at the checkout - Jessica Murtagh is awarded the February laurel for an exquisite glass vessel that depicts a supermarket checkout in the form of an ancient Athenian amphora. 
The black gem of Ukraine: Forging fragility in Donetsk - We share a poem from Carbon: Song of Crafts by Svetlana Lavochkina that reflects the place of blacksmithing at the heart of Donetsk, Ukraine.
Works from the International Art Textile Biennale 2023 - Works from the International Art Textile Biennale reveal a woven world.
Follow the algorithm: New journeys through the world of textiles - As part of Reinventing the Wheel, India’s MAP Academy will present a new platform that helps in discovering new artworks and textile objects based on artificial intelligence. There has been much interest in the use of new artificial intelligence tools for writing. What about AI for objects? Craft provides a critical perspective on technology. In this case, we can assess how well algorithms can help us navigate complex collections of craft objects. It also opens our eyes to the innovative culture of contemporary India which seeks to connect the past to the future. We invite you to an online workshop to explore INTERWOVEN, an AI-based platform developed in partnership with Microsoft, that enables users to visualise and draw connections between […]
Crafting “natural” conceptions in and of China, of its nationhood and its people    - Pamela See considers the key political role played by woodcut prints in Chinese communism.
Gathul-gärri / Into the Mangroves  - Will Stubbs and Jo Holder write about works that evoke the world around the fibre works by Yolŋu artists in an exhibition at Cross Arts Projects.
Welcome support for world knowledge-keepers: The Ministry of Indigenous Peoples in Brazil   - Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros shares welcome news of support for Indigenous peoples in the new Lula government of Brazil.
Pushkar women balance life and work on ornate indonis - Shefali Martins writes about the indoni, a richly decorated base still used today by Rajasthanis for balancing pots on their heads.
Transforming the landscape into colour: India’s natural dyes - MAP Academy detail the development of India's iconic natural dyes: madder, indigo and lac.