General Meetings

CHH meets the third Saturday of the month,
August through May.

On occasion, meetings are moved due to holidays or other events,
so please check the calendar.

November 19, 2022
@ 10:00 a.m.

 

Of Memory and Matter
Shradha Kochhar

 

@ Guild House
and on Zoom

Check the newsletter for zoom link or click here.

**Please note, the program will be first followed by the business meeting.**

Join artist and educator, Shradha Kochhar for a talk tracing the legacy of cottons indigenous to India, focusing and investigating resources lost and born out of colonization. These include ‘Khadi’ – a self-reliant and equitable practice of textile making and ‘Kala Cotton’, a miracle cotton crop native to India. The talk will be followed by a demonstration in spinning of ‘Kala Cotton’ to yarn using a ‘Peti Charkha’ (spinning wheel).

About Shradha

About Shradha

Shradha Kochhar (b. Delhi, India) is a textile artist and knitwear designer based in Brooklyn, New York. Best known for her home spun and hand knitted ‘khadi’ sculptures using ‘kala cotton’ – an inherently organic cotton strain indigenous to India, her work is at an intersection of material memory, sustainability and intergenerational healing. Focusing on generating a physical archive of personal and collective south asian narratives linked to women’s work, invisible labor and grief, the work is large scale and exists as sculpture beyond whispers over generations.

 

Kochhar received her MFA in Textiles from Parsons School of Design, New York. She is a Dorothy Waxman Textile Excellence Prize Finalist and was awarded the John L. Tishman Environment and Design Award for Excellence in 2021. Her work has been featured in Paper Magazine, Architectural Digest, Vogue, Crafts Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar and others. She is currently an artist in residence at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.

Upcoming Programs:

December 11, 1-4 pm: CHH Guild House Celebration and Holiday Party

January 21, 2023: Beadwork: Up Close and Hands-on with CHH beading artists

Meetings are located at:

Guild House
1425 Blalock #202
Houston, TX 77055

Past Programs

Passementerie:
An Endangered Yet Thoroughly
Contemporary Craft
by Elizabeth Ashdown
October 15, 2022

Crête, Tassel, Gimp, Galon and Bullion – just some of the fascinating and mystical terms associated with a rare and fascinating textile art. Often overlooked as a frivolous decoration, passementerie was once used as the ultimate status symbol and signifier of good taste and wealth within both interior and fashion design.   Join our meeting to hear about the fascinating, and often dramatic, history of passementerie, as well as how contemporary artists and designers are reinventing this heritage craft.

October’s speaker wass Elizabeth Ashdown.  Elizabeth received her MA in Textiles from the Royal College of Art and is one of a very few individuals specializing in this type of weaving. She has produced exclusive handmade designs for clients such as Liberty, the Clothworkers’ Company, Cassamance and Camira Fabrics; she has also completed multiple commissions for private clients. For more about Elizabeth and her work, please visit her website.

The Boro Phenomenon
by Yoshiko Wada

September 17, 2022

 

Boro, literally, “rag” in Japanese, refers to objects that have been used, broken, and worn to tatters, then lovingly mended to last far beyond their expected life.   Antique Japanese boro textiles, much like patchwork quilts in America, eventually came to be appreciated for their artistic qualities which have much in common with contemporary art.  They are now seen as a prime example of the slow fashion movement, which promotes re-use of textiles for sustainability and reduction of waste.

Our speaker, Yoshiko Wada, is a textile artist, curator, art historian, scholar professor and author.  An internationally known expert on shibori, boro and other Janese arts, Yohshiko has received multiple awards for her work, including the George Hewitt Myers Award recognizing “lifetime achievements and exceptional contributions to the field of textile arts.”   For more on Yoshiko and her work visit her website: https://yoshikowada.com/