In a panel discussion, leaders of various Slovenian textile communities presented their personal experiences of the meaning, purpose and quality that creating with textiles brings to their lives, family life (Brinovec Pribaković), community life (Bavcon, Pintar, Dugonjić, Kališek) and society at large (Emck, Matthews, Garlock, Talwar). We have focused on the need for connectedness, collective identity, healthy living environments and belonging, which is often lacking in today’s society.
We highlighted the historical role of textile communities in Europe (Slapšak) and presented textile activism, which offers a soft and peaceful way of protesting, expressing opinions, drawing attention to social injustices and spreading sometimes profound political messages (Matthews, Talwar, Garlock).
In this video series we present four interviews with leading international researchers and representatives of groups and NGOs in the field of textile community empowerment. The panel discussion features members of five Slovenian textile communities engaging in dialogue with international practices and philosopher Svetlana Slapšak, who contextualises the themes with her deep insight into Balkan textile traditions.
○ Panel Discussion: https://youtu.be/8l3Oh2JbNuM (in Slovene)
Conception of panel discussion:
Zala Orel (Carnica Institute) and Jasmina Ferček (Oloop)
Svetlana Slapšak, Barbara Brinovec Pribaković, Tjaša Bavcon (Oloop), Hasnija Dugonjić (Revealed Hands), Anka Pintar (Breja Preja), Martina Kališek (No-Border Craft), Rachael Matthews (Rag School), Lisa R. Garlock (Storycloth Database), Savneet Talwar (Creatively Empowered Women), Katy Emck (Fine Cell Work)
29 June, 2023
Part of the BIEN23 Biennial of Textile Art
Supported by the ACF in Slovenia 2014-2021 Fund
Fotografija: Maša Pirc / BIEN 2023