The Collective: Textiles as community

2023 Project Threadways Symposium

Join us April 20-22, 2023, as we explore the power of small groups to create big changes through the everyday act of making. Project Threadways will share stories of those who have gathered to weave, craft, sew, and tuft—and, in doing so, created economic opportunity, organized resistance, and achieved self-determination from their work. 

THE SYMPOSIUM

The 2022 Project Threadways Symposium will offer in-person and virtual experiences. In addition to the presentations, in-person guests will experience the local community in Florence, Alabama—steeped in textile history—through food, drink, and conversation. 

 

 

Speakers include Katie Knowles, historian of textiles, clothing, and U.S. slavery; Aleia Brown of the African American History, Culture and Digital Humanities Initiative; Vallarie Pratt, a scholar of Georgia chenille; artist Diana Weymar of the Tiny Pricks Project, artist Donna Mintz of the Hambidge Center; Viola Ratcliffe of the Bib & Tucker Sew-Op; and more.

 

Pictured at right: A March Quilt from the Bib & Tucker Sew-Op.

schedule of events

Thursday, April 20, 2023
5:30pm Registration and Cocktails
7:00pm Project Threadways Dinner with chef Nicole Mills

 

Friday, April 21, 2023 
9:00am Breakfast 
9:30am Welcome
10:00am Presentation by Aleia Brown*
10:45am Presentation by Vallarie Pratt*
11:30pm Presentation by Donna Mintz*
12:15pm Lunch 
1:30pm Presentation by Viola Ratcliffe*
2:15pm Panel discussion*
3:00pm STITCH screening, followed by conversation with Natalie Chanin + Ansley Quiros*
4:30pm Presentation by Katie Knowles at the Kennedy-Douglass Art Center

5:45pm Pope’s Tavern exhibition and dinner

 

Saturday, April 23, 2022
9:00am Breakfast
9:30am Presentation by Diana Weymar
10:30am Hands-on sewing circle with Diana Weymar
12:30pm Lunch
1:15pm  Tour of The Factory

2:00pm Panel discussion
3:30pm Oral Presentation with Carrie Barske Crawford and Jimmy Shaw
4:00pm  Closing Remarks

 


– Please note all times are CST.

– All events take place at The Factory at Alabama Chanin unless otherwise noted.

– Events marked with an asterisk* are available for virtual streaming and participation.

PRESENTERs

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CARRIE BARSKE-CRAWFORD

Director, Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area. Faculty member, University of North Alabama Department of History.

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ALEIA BROWN

Assistant Director, African American Digital Humanities Initiative. Associate Professor of History at East Carolina University.

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NATALIE CHANIN

Founder and Creative Director, Alabama Chanin. Founder, Project Threadways.

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Katie Knowles

Ph.D., Rice University. Historian of textiles, clothing, U.S. slavery, and African American history. 

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Nicole Mills

Chef de Cuisine, Pêche. New Orleans, Louisiana.

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DONNA MINTZ

Artist, writer, and fellow, Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences. Co-writer and -editor of The Hambidge Center: 80 Years in the Making.

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VALLARIE PRATT

M.A. History, Public History and Museum Studies, University of West Georgia.

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ANSLEY QUIROS

Department Chair and Associate Professor of History, University of North Alabama. 

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VIOLA RATCLIFFE

Arts administrator, educator, and quilt historian. Interim Director, Bib & Tucker Sew-Op. 

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JIMMY Shaw

Ph.D., Samford University. Superintendent, Florence City Schools.  

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DIANA WEYMAR

Artist and activist. Founder, Tiny Pricks Project and Interwoven Stories.

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This program is supported by funding provided by the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily reflect those of the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area.  Event partners also include the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, and Alabama Chanin. All ticket sales go to 501(c)(3) certified Project Threadways.

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