Keynote Speakers

“Resist Dyed Textile in China”

  • Dr. Feng Zhao (赵丰) is a world authority on ancient Chinese textiles. Dr. Zhao has published widely in his field of expertise and researched Silk Road textiles at major museums throughout the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Musee Guimet in Paris, and the Victoria & Albert and British Museums in London. Trained as a textile technician, Dr. Zhao has analyzed textiles dating from the Warring States period (475-221 BCE) to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and has been responsible for several important exhibitions and catalogues that highlighted finds from the deserts of Western China through which the famed Silk Road passed. He is currently executive director of China National Silk Museum, Hangzhou; the director of Chinese Centre for Textile Identification and Conservation (CCTIC), Hangzhou; and Professor for History of Textiles and Costume at Donghua University, Shanghai. See one of his publications. Read article from Legion of Honor. Zhao Feng is the 2013 winner of the annual R.L. Shep Ethnic Textiles Book Award. See short documentary video.

“World Overview of Resist Dyed Textiles”

  • Dr. Françoise COUSIN is a textile researcher and former curator of the musée du quai Branly and the Musée de l’Homme in France. She edited the book Chemins de Couleurs (Pathways of Color) and curated exhibitions at previous shibori symposia. Preview Chemins de couleurs from 7ISS which she edited.

“Dyer’s Art”

  • Yoshiko I. WADA is an artist, author, exhibition curator, textile researcher, educator, and film producer and has long been an exponent of traditional and sustainable practices in fashion and textile production. A longtime advocate and spearhead of ethical production of textiles and handicrafts, Yoshiko founded the Slow Fiber Studios ™ (est. 2008), which promotes culturally and socially responsible textile-making practices and education of consumers and makers. She is President of the World Shibori Network (est. 1992) and served as co-chair of the recent 8th International Shibori Symposium 2011 (ISS) in Hong Kong, a role she has performed for all previous ISS (France ‘08; Tokyo, Japan ’05; UK ’02; Australia ’04; Chile ’99; India ’96; Nagoya, Japan ’92). She has published many important books on textile and costumes.

“Natural Dye Plant Garden for Conservation of  Tradition”

  • Dr. Alejandro de ÁVILA Blomberg is trained in anthropology, botany,and linguistics. He is director and architect of the Jardín Etnobotánico de Oaxaca, Mexico. This beautiful and impressive garden is located in Oxaca, Mexico. It contains only local plants and aims to demonstrate “the interaction of plants and people.” He is one of the founders of the Museo Textile de Oaxaca.

“Textile Transformation with Technology”

  • Dr. Kinor JIANG (姜绶祥) is an artist, designer, Director of Fashion Gallery and Faculty of the Institute of Textile and Clothing at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.   He started teaching at the Central Academy of Arts and Design and Tsinghua University in 1992 and later joined the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in the areas including design methodology, textile and fashion design creation. His textile design research involves material science and advanced technology such as innovative textile effects using physical and chemical treatment technologies. He has published more than 70 academic papers and his work has been exhibited in many fiber art, fashion and textile art & design exhibitions around the world.

“From Green to Gold – The Ecotoure ™ Project”

  • Deborah Milner is a graduate of St Martins School of Art and the Royal College of Art. She established her atelier in 1991 and soon became known for her originality and exceptional cutting skills. Whilst building up an impressive list of private clients, she has also collaborated with many of the leading names in fashion, including Isabella Blow, Philip Treacy, Alexander McQueen and Nick Knight. In 2003, Deborah spent a year in Brazil, researching sustainability. This led her to approach Aveda, a leading natural hair and beauty company and from this partnership, Deborah’s groundbreaking Ecoture™ collection was born.

“My 40 Years of Work with Chinese Tubu”

  • Huang Yong Song should be no stranger to those interested in Chinese knots and Guizhou batik, which were brought to world attention by Taiwan’s Echo magazine (漢聲).  A co-founder and art director of Echo, he has since its inauguration in 1971 devoted more than 40 years to the study and promotion of Chinese folk culture.  In 1987 he extended his field work to the China mainland.  He and his team are racing against time to record traditional culture in meticulous detail.  They are building a gene pool covering Chinese folk culture, folk life, folk beliefs, fold literature and folk art.  Echo magazine is now distributed world-wide as well as in mainland China and Taiwan.  In 2006 it was named Best Esoteric Publication by Time magazine in a feature entitled Best of Asia.

“On Printing and Dyeing Techniques of Nantong Blue Calico”

  • WU Yuanxin from Nantong University, School of Textile and Clothing.

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