The Textile Society of America is planning a unique study tour of
the Lowcountry, a 200-mile stretch of coastal South Carolina and Georgia between Charleston and Savannah, a region
shaped by cotton production.
The Lowcountry presents a romantic landscape of sweeping verandahs,
dripping Spanish moss and tidal marshland, but the region is marred by
its history of slavery. The tour revisits myths
of the Southern Lady and her delicate needlework juxtaposed with the
unskilled slaves’ crude products. Building on emerging new perspectives, a small group will explore both the production of domestic antebellum
textiles and changing interpretive narratives in a contemporary world. From chintz appliqué quilts to seagrass baskets, participants will learn
about the fine handwork of southern women preserved in Lowcountry
museums and private collections.
leader Jessica Smith, an artist/designer living and working in Savannah
and a professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design, has arranged
visits to historic sites to be augmented by conversations with
specially invited researchers, curators and artists.
Studio visits and a panel discussion at the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art
will wrap up the tour on the last night.