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Write About Asia Spring 2018 series


“Write about Asia” was offered by the East Asia Resource Center in conjunction with the Seattle Asian Art Museum’s Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas Saturday University Lecture Series. It was facilitated by Mary Barber Roberts.

This past series was titled, “Asian Textiles Across Time and Place”. This series was inspired by the “amazing array of textile arts, textile manufacturing and fashion originating from Asia” being “shared globally in new ways” (excerpts from the Gardner Center Website).

Each Saturday, educators attended the public lecture from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and then met for a writing workshop from 11:30 a.m – 2:00 p.m.  During the workshop, time was given to solitary writing in response to the morning lecture. The group then reconvened to share working drafts. The workshop nurtured educators as writers through self-reflection and group discussion.  Educators signed up for two or more lectures in the application below.  Spaces were limited.

All lectures and writing workshops took place at the Seattle Art Museum, except for May 5, when there was no lecture.

Spring 2018 lecture topics

March 31 at SAM downtown
India’s Global Textile Trade
Rosemary Crill, former Senior Curator for South Asia, Victoria & Albert Museum, London

April 7 at SAM downtown
Textiles of Southwest China: Artistry and Social Meaning
Stevan Harrell, Emeritus Professor, University of Washington, Seattle

April 14 at SAM downtown
Ikat Textiles from Indonesia and Malaysian Sarawak
Susan Rodgers, College of the Holy Cross

April 21 at SAM downtown
A Living Treasure of Japanese Textiles
Shoji Yamamura, artist

April 28 at SAM downtown
Fashionable Fripperies: The Decorative Trimming in 19th Century China
Rachel Silberstein, Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington

May 12 at SAM downtown
From Factory to Fashion Blogs (and back again)
Minh-Ha Pham, Pratt Institute

For information about the topics and speakers, visit the Gardner Center website.

Workshop details

Saturdays from March 31 to May 12
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium


Free admission to the lecture and four free clock hours were available for each workshop.