TAASA MEMBERS ’ DIARY
JUNE - AUGUST 2014
TAASA Weekend Excursion to Canberra
14 – 15 June, 2014
On Saturday, members are invited to attend the full day Symposium: Borobudur to Bali past and present photographic art in Indonesia at the NGA, and on Sunday a guided tour of the exhibition Bali: Island of the Gods curated by Robyn Maxwell, followed by a Balinese dance performance. With drinks courtesy Asia Bookroom, dinner on Saturday evening, lunch at the NGA on Sunday, this should be a stimulating weekend. Details to follow.
Enquiries: Ann Proctor at
TAASA Symposium: Symbolism and
Imagery in Asian Textiles
10 am – 1.30 pm, Saturday 19 July 2014
Target Theatre, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
Explores the dissemination of symbolism and imagery in textiles and the movement of ideas through various trade routes. Speakers are:
Susan Scollay: Translating textiles: poetry, profit and politics in the imagery of the woven art of Asia
Siobhan Campbell: The symbolism of Bali
Christina Sumner: From pinecone to Paisley: a case study of the ubiquitous ‘boteh’.
QAG members $45; Non-members $50;
Life members $15 for catering.
Please book by email to
firstname.lastname@example.org or (02) 9460 4579
TAASA IN VICTORIA
Private Melbourne collection viewing
Thursday 12 June 2014, 6-8pm
With a particular focus on textiles from Laos. Refreshments provided. $20 at the door for
members, $25 for guests. Numbers limited. Address provided on RSVP.
TAASA viewing of the NGV’s exhibition
Bushido: The Way of the Samurai
Saturday 5 July 2014, 2-3pm
Curator Wayne Crothers will lead TAASA members through this exhibition, which explores the fascinating world of the samurai:
warriors, rulers and aristocratic elite of Japanese society for more than 800 years.
Free. RSVP appreciated.
For more information on TAASA Victoria events, contact Boris Kaspiev at:
email@example.com or 0421 038 491.
TAASA TEXTILE STUDY GROUP
All meetings held at the PLC Room,
Powerhouse Museum, 7.15 – 9.15pm
Wednesday 11 June: From Fashion to Passion: A personal exploration of the kimono culture of Japan from 1900 to the present: Fiona Cole will explore aspects of women’s kimono such as its varying styles, construction, materials and motifs and share examples of pieces she has collected.
Wednesday 13 August:
Refreshments provided. $10 members; $15
Email enquiries to Helen Perry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TAASA CERAMICS STUDY GROUP
Ikebana and Ceramic Wares
Saturday 7 June 2014, 10am-12pm
Kuniko Nagano, Head of the Sydney Ohara School of Ikebana, will discuss the relationship of ceramic wares to floral arrangements and provide a hands-on demonstration of several arrangements matched with a range of ceramic containers.
Members $20; Non members $25.
Venue: Pymble, exact location provided on registration
RSVP essential to Margaret White:
TAASA IN QUEENSLAND
Member Preview of Mossgreen Asian
6- 8pm, Thursday 5 June 2014
Jan Manton Gallery
1/93 Fortescue St, Spring Hill
Mossgreen Director, Paul Sumner will speak about highlights of this auction, held in their Melbourne Rooms on 16 -17 June. A small selection of pieces will be available for viewing. Cost: $10 for TAASA members;
$15 for non members, payable at the door.
RSVP: Jan Manton Gallery at
Limited numbers; early reply appreciated.
Artist Talk by Khadim Ali
6-8pm, Thursday 3 July 2014
Josh Milani Gallery
54 Logan Road, Woolloongabba, Brisbane
Khadim Ali will speak about his current exhibition at the Gallery which, through images that interpret the 10th-century Persian epic poem the Shahnameh
considers the Hazara people and culture, and the emergence of a lawless society in contemporary Afghanistan.
Free event but numbers limited; early RSVP appreciated to Josh Milani at his gallery website www.milanigallery.com.au.
Lecture - A Contemporary Traditional Wedding in Sumatra
2 – 3.30pm, Saturday, 2 August 2014
QAG (Water Mall) Auditorium at Southbank
At this TAASA and ACAPA/ QAGOMA event, Dr Chris Reid from the Australian Museum and Safrina Thristiawati will use aspects of their own Sumatran wedding in 2000 to discuss the creation and symbolic purpose of the sumptuous textiles used. Safrina will wear a traditional costume and explain how house decorations go up in preparation for the ceremony. They will bring numerous examples of ceremonial textiles. Free.
Opening talk - The Doily Collecting Cowboy: Indonesian Textiles from Lampung, South Sumatra
3 for 3:30pm, Sunday 3 August 2014
Gallery 159 (159 Payne Road) Brisbane
For this joint TAASA/TAFTA (The Australian Forum for Textile Arts) event, Greg Pankhurst, the ‘Doily Collecting Cowboy’, will open the exhibition with a talk about his passion for collecting Sumatran textiles, especially those from Lampung where he has long maintained a home. Free.
Detail of man’s ikat sarong, Trengganu, Malaysia c.1900.
Woman’s embroidered dress, Afghanistan 1965-75
Ceremonial textile, Toraja people, Celebes (Indonesia) c.1900-1920
Palempore, Made for Export Market, India C. 1800
Collection Powerhouse Museum, Sydney