PRESENTATIONS

2019
Presenter, Textiles Program, CCA, Oakland, CA

“The Armenian Postmemory Project"

2018
Presenter, Spun, Dyed, Woven & Tied, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA

“The Armenian Postmemory Project"

2018
Moderator, Randall Museum, San Francisco, CA

Panelists included Julia Parker, Lucy Parker, and Ursula Jones, organized in conjunction with Three Days with the Parker Family: 4 Generations of Native California Basket Makers

2017
Keynote Speaker, 65th Annual Conference of Northern California Handweavers, Asilomar, CA

“Scrape the Willow Until it Sings: The Words and Work of Basket Maker Julia Parker.”

2016
Presenter | Panel Co-Chair, Crosscurrents: Land, Labor, and Port, 15th Biennial Symposium of the Textile Society of America, Savannah, GA 

Presenter, “Blackwash/Whitewash: The Postman Always Rings Twice." Panel organizer with co-chair Angela Hennessy Chromophobia/Chromophila: Sex, Race, and Masquerade, panelists included Janice Jefferies and Angela Hennessy

2015
Presenter, Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA

"Weaving the Landscape,” organized in conjunction with Conversations About Landscape, panelists included Malcolm Margolin and Lindsie Bear (Cherokee), and Kimberly Stevenot (Northern Sierra Mewuk)

2015
Panel Chair, Design History Society Annual Conference, CCA, San Francisco, CA
Strands of History, panelists included Alison Kowalski, and Sarah Mallory, and Claire O’Mahony

2014
Presenter, New Directions: Examining the Past, Creating the Future, 14th Biennial Symposium of the Textile Society of America, Los Angeles, CA
“Weaving as Dance: A Conceptual Investigation," Thinking, Living, Moving, Dying, panel chaired by Carol Shaw Sutton, panelists included Angela Hennessy, Belinda von Mengersen, and Lisa Vinebaum

2014
Presenter, California Book Awards Ceremony, Commonwealth Club, San Francisco, CA
“Scrape the Willow Until it Sings: The Words and Work of Basket Maker Julia Parker.”

2014
Presenter, Textile Arts Council, M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA
“Textile Materials and Technologies"

2013
Presenter, Native Literature Showcase, State Indian Museum, Sacramento, CA
“Scrape the Willow Until it Sings: The Words and Works of Basket Maker Julia Parker”

2013
Presenter, Textile Arts Council, M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA
“Scrape the Willow Until It Sings: The Words and Work of Basket Maker Julia Parker”

2013
Presenter, Workshop Residence, San Francisco, CA
Book Launch, Scape the Willow Until It Sings: The Words and Work of Basket Maker Julia Parker

2013
Presenter, Fiber and Material Studies Program, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
“Weaving is a State of Mind"

2012
Presenter, Textiles and Politics, 13th Biennial Symposium of the Textile Society of America, Washington DC
“Julia Parker: Weaving the Body Politic,” West Coast Fiber Artists, panel chaired by Barbara Shapiro, panelists included Linda MacDonald and Rebecca Trautmann

2011
Presenter, The Art of Collecting Symposium, Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA
"Thinking Textiles"

2005
Keynote Speaker, Tradition in Motion: New Forms, Attitudes and Approaches in Tapestry, Tapestry Weavers West Symposium, Oakland, CA
“The Textile Aesthetic"

2004
Keynote Speaker, Interlacing Cultures, Conference of Northern California Handweavers, Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA
“Not at the End of Our Ropes"

2002
Discussant, Intersections Symposium, Fiber Dimensions, Herbst International Exhibition Hall, San Francisco, CA,
“Making Art at the Intersections,” panelists included Catherine Clark, René de Guzman, and Steven Oliver

2001
Presenter, The Museum of Craft and Folk Art, Cowell Theater, San Francisco, CA
“Shades of Blue: The Political and Philosophical Meanings of Indigo Dye and Blue,” organized in conjunction with Shibori: Tradition and Innovation--East to West, curated by Yoshiko Wada

2000
Presenter, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
“Another String Theory: A Brief History of a 30,000 Year Old Technology,” organized in conjunction with Structure and Surface, Contemporary Japanese Textiles, curated by Matilda McQuaid and Cara McCarthy

Image Collections

For generations, weavers have experimented with the unique graphic potential of building by units within the framework of a grid. In the Grammar of Ornament (originally publishedin 1856), nineteenth-century architect and designer Own Jones hypothesizes that weaving played a central role in the cognitive development of humans and shaped the "first notions of symmetry." These mathematical structures simultaneously shaped structure and materialized on the surface as flat pattern--each a visual code of how the threads were assembled. Fiber construction developed into more than a technology; it became the fertile matrix for an entire aesthetic tradition--the geometric aesthetic, the indigenous language of textiles. 

Presentations



PRESENTATIONS

2019
Presenter, Textiles Program, CCA, Oakland, CA

“The Armenian Postmemory Project"

2018
Presenter, Spun, Dyed, Woven & Tied, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA

“The Armenian Postmemory Project"

2018
Moderator, Randall Museum, San Francisco, CA

Panelists included Julia Parker, Lucy Parker, and Ursula Jones, organized in conjunction with Three Days with the Parker Family: 4 Generations of Native California Basket Makers

2017
Keynote Speaker, 65th Annual Conference of Northern California Handweavers, Asilomar, CA

“Scrape the Willow Until it Sings: The Words and Work of Basket Maker Julia Parker.”

2016
Presenter | Panel Co-Chair, Crosscurrents: Land, Labor, and Port, 15th Biennial Symposium of the Textile Society of America, Savannah, GA 

Presenter, “Blackwash/Whitewash: The Postman Always Rings Twice." Panel organizer with co-chair Angela Hennessy Chromophobia/Chromophila: Sex, Race, and Masquerade, panelists included Janice Jefferies and Angela Hennessy

2015
Presenter, Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA

"Weaving the Landscape,” organized in conjunction with Conversations About Landscape, panelists included Malcolm Margolin and Lindsie Bear (Cherokee), and Kimberly Stevenot (Northern Sierra Mewuk)

2015
Panel Chair, Design History Society Annual Conference, CCA, San Francisco, CA
Strands of History, panelists included Alison Kowalski, and Sarah Mallory, and Claire O’Mahony

2014
Presenter, New Directions: Examining the Past, Creating the Future, 14th Biennial Symposium of the Textile Society of America, Los Angeles, CA
“Weaving as Dance: A Conceptual Investigation," Thinking, Living, Moving, Dying, panel chaired by Carol Shaw Sutton, panelists included Angela Hennessy, Belinda von Mengersen, and Lisa Vinebaum

2014
Presenter, California Book Awards Ceremony, Commonwealth Club, San Francisco, CA
“Scrape the Willow Until it Sings: The Words and Work of Basket Maker Julia Parker.”

2014
Presenter, Textile Arts Council, M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA
“Textile Materials and Technologies"

2013
Presenter, Native Literature Showcase, State Indian Museum, Sacramento, CA
“Scrape the Willow Until it Sings: The Words and Works of Basket Maker Julia Parker”

2013
Presenter, Textile Arts Council, M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA
“Scrape the Willow Until It Sings: The Words and Work of Basket Maker Julia Parker”

2013
Presenter, Workshop Residence, San Francisco, CA
Book Launch, Scape the Willow Until It Sings: The Words and Work of Basket Maker Julia Parker

2013
Presenter, Fiber and Material Studies Program, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
“Weaving is a State of Mind"

2012
Presenter, Textiles and Politics, 13th Biennial Symposium of the Textile Society of America, Washington DC
“Julia Parker: Weaving the Body Politic,” West Coast Fiber Artists, panel chaired by Barbara Shapiro, panelists included Linda MacDonald and Rebecca Trautmann

2011
Presenter, The Art of Collecting Symposium, Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA
"Thinking Textiles"

2005
Keynote Speaker, Tradition in Motion: New Forms, Attitudes and Approaches in Tapestry, Tapestry Weavers West Symposium, Oakland, CA
“The Textile Aesthetic"

2004
Keynote Speaker, Interlacing Cultures, Conference of Northern California Handweavers, Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA
“Not at the End of Our Ropes"

2002
Discussant, Intersections Symposium, Fiber Dimensions, Herbst International Exhibition Hall, San Francisco, CA,
“Making Art at the Intersections,” panelists included Catherine Clark, René de Guzman, and Steven Oliver

2001
Presenter, The Museum of Craft and Folk Art, Cowell Theater, San Francisco, CA
“Shades of Blue: The Political and Philosophical Meanings of Indigo Dye and Blue,” organized in conjunction with Shibori: Tradition and Innovation--East to West, curated by Yoshiko Wada

2000
Presenter, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
“Another String Theory: A Brief History of a 30,000 Year Old Technology,” organized in conjunction with Structure and Surface, Contemporary Japanese Textiles, curated by Matilda McQuaid and Cara McCarthy