2021 Project Threadways Virtual Symposium

$65.00$525.00

April 16 – 17, 2021 

The theme of the 2021 symposium—“Textiles Across Time and Place: Examining a complicated past to create a more sustainable future”—places the story of textiles in our northwest Alabama community into a broader context by providing a timeline of textile history in the United States. This overview discusses the indigenous people who inhabited this area and the fibers they grew through the cotton economy of the antebellum south leading up to the Reconstruction era, sharecropping, and tenant farming. It also maps out the geography from the northeast corridor down through our region of the south, highlighting the once-thriving textile cities and towns.

 

Symposium speakers will focus on the geography of textiles, material culture, sustainable fashion, and clothing of the enslaved. The list of speakers includes Carrie Barske-Crawford, Jessamyn Hatcher and Thuy Linh Tu, Dana Thomas, Katie Randall, Kate Knowles, and Julius Tillery.

 

The virtual event will include a virtual tour of The Factory—Alabama Chanin’s production and manufacturing facility, engaging lectures and talks, a virtual T-Shirt Workshop with The School of Making, and inspiring conversation. A variety of ticket tiers are available. For the T-Shirt Workshop, Alabama Chanin’s The School of Making team will be teaching a one-hour workshop on techniques used at The School of Making and the basics of reverse appliqué. Guests will need to provide their own t-shirt, fabric marker/permanent marker, and scissors. The workshop includes instruction and the following materials: a scrap bag of 100% organic cotton fabric in various sizes and colors, 1 spool of thread, and a needle.

 

See the full schedule of events and learn about each of the speakers here.

 

Purchase your ticket below or choose a Pay as You Wish ticket option here.

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Ticket Tiers:

VIP: 

This ticket gives you access to all events Friday, April 16th and Saturday, April 17th. Your virtual experience includes a tour of The Factory—Alabama Chanin’s production and manufacturing facility, a T-shirt Workshop with The School of Making, a virtual cocktail hour and discussion, inspiring and engaging conversation, and access to all lectures and talks after the event. VIP guests will also receive a quarterly newsletter, Threadways, with exclusive textile stories and project updates, and access to two virtual discussions over the course of 2021.

 

GENERAL ADMISSION: 

This ticket gives you access to all events on Saturday, April 17th. Your virtual experience includes a virtual cocktail hour and discussion, inspiring and engaging conversation, and access to all lectures and talks after the event.

 

ADD T-SHIRT WORKSHOP

Choose to add Friday’s T-shirt Workshop to your Saturday General Admission ticket. Alabama Chanin’s The School of Making team will be teaching a one-hour T-Shirt Workshop. Learn some of the techniques used at The School of Making and the basics of reverse appliqué. Guests will need to provide their own t-shirt, fabric marker/permanent marker, and scissors. The workshop includes instruction and the following materials: a scrap bag of 100% organic cotton fabric in various sizes and colors, 1 spool of thread, and a needle. 

 

This series of events is in partnership with the National Parks Service, the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area, the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, and Alabama Chanin.

 

All ticket sales will go to 501(c)(3) certified Project Threadways.

 

For details and more information, or for help reserving lodging contact events@alabamachanin.com.

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Tiers

VIP $525, General Admission $65, General Admission + T-Shirt Workshop $150