MasterArtClasses, a platform for teaching art, heritage matters and indigenous knowledge, announces Telling Textile Tales, an online conference broadcast from the 26-28 September, 2022 at 2pm WAT. This online conference is supported by the British Council SSA Cultural Exchange programme grant 2021/2022.

The conference weaves different dimensions of textile art into a tapestry that will illuminate both the ancient and contemporary practices of the art to reveal multivocal conversations and multiculturalist expressions that textiles engender.  It will bring together experts, fashion designers, artists, entrepreneurs and teachers working on various aspects of textile art and design from Nigeria, Jamaica, Asia, Germany, the UK and the USA.  In Nigeria, scholars are drawn from all the geopolitical regions of Nigeria. Speakers will discuss topics that reveal the complexity of textile art and production from their own perspectives and spaces.  It is the first conference to focus on a Textile arts as a specific area of specialization.  Participants comprise a large stream of fashion and textile practitioners who will share their wealth of knowledge over a three-day online event. This platform allows them to tell their stories and tales in ways that are novel, rich and captivating.  Rather than the usual keynote addresses that characterize academic conferences, a series of conversations with great fashion icons that have shaped the world of fashion locally and internationally have been scheduled. Some of the topics to be discussed during this three-day event will engage the place of textile in community engagement, widespread notions of fabric designing and pedagogical dimensions of textile designs within the academy and informal structures.  In addition, it will also explore the interface between fashion and textile, costume designing, textile and ancillary arts, the role of textile cooperatives, exploration of textiles in artistic creations, historical considerations, gender relations and cross-cultural connections.   

Opening conversations are with Ade Bakare in conversation with Professor Jean Borgatti;  Deola Sagoe with Peju Layiwola; and Deola Kamson (Delabique) with Evelyn Osagie.   This conference comprises a total of nine panels with over forty-five speakers.

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