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Textile Talks has celebrated its 100th episode since the series began during the pandemic. Textile Talks features weekly presentations and panel discussions from the International Quilt Museum, Quilt Alliance, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, Studio Art Quilt Associates, Modern Quilt Guild, and Surface Design Association.

This year, Ardis B. James Curator of Collections Carolyn Ducey and Curator of International Collections Marin Hanson hosted Textile Talks that covered a wide variety of exhibitions, artists, and history. Elizabeth Warren, former curator for the American Folk Art Museum, discussed the makings of the famous 2011 “Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts” exhibition of Joanna S. Rose’s collection, which is now a part of the IQM’s permanent collection. Ducey and Hanson presented some of the most unusual and rare quilts from the IQM Collection and showcased many centuries of quiltmaking tradition to international audiences online.

Textile Talks features programming from the International Quilt Museum, Modern Quilt Guild, Quilt Alliance, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, Studio Art Quilt Associates and Surface Design Association. The programs are held online at 1 p.m. Central on Wednesdays. 

We continue to reach a global audience, with people tuning in from (a non- exhaustive list) United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Croatia, Uruguay, New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, the UK, Ireland, France, Portugal, Switzerland, Netherlands, Argentina, Germany, Ecuador, Mexico, Sweden, South Africa, Belgium, Norway, Austria, Ghana, Iceland, Jamaica, India, Lithuania, Greece, Sri Lanka, Chile, Japan, Romania, Canada and all over the United States. 

“Being able to experience a quilt exhibition and hear from the artist while living overseas is a treat!”

“Outstanding presentation! We are incredibly fortunate to have these Textile Talks at our fingertips. Thank you!”

“I am thrilled to be able to virtually walk through exhibits and hear from such diverse groups of artists during a phase of my life when mobility is limited.”