Vancouver Sun: Museum of Vancouver goes virtual with Google Arts & Culture. “The Museum of Vancouver is now online for browsing using Google Arts & Culture. The museum’s exhibit Textile Arts of the Pacific Northwest has been digitized and can be viewed through Google’s arts portal, which allows anyone, anywhere in the world, to explore museum artifacts and art gallery works online from participating institutions.”
BBC: Ghanaian Covid-19-inspired fashion wax-print designs launched. “The new fabrics have symbols like padlocks, keys and planes to reflect some of the measures implemented to curb the spread of coronavirus. Wax prints are popular in Ghana, many office workers wear them on Fridays.” Those of you who read ResearchBuzz know that if I see something I don’t know about, I go looking for background. Slate has an extensive background on wax prints.
Crafts Magazine: Free access to Crafts Magazine’s 50 year archive. “At Crafts magazine, their thoughts are with all readers and contributors at this challenging time. To help brighten up isolation, they’re offering you all free access to our digital edition for a month. You can dig into every issue from the magazine’s history – from the shiny latest editions to forgotten hits from the 1970s, 80s and 90s – to while away the hours and be inspired.” This is like museum-level crafts. Sculpture, textiles — I even saw some really impressive umbrellas in one of the 1970s issues.
The Hindu: ‘Madras Movement’ art goes online on Google. “Around 80 images of art works by artists, who were part of the movement from 1940 to 1985, have been made available online. Making Batik designs on cloth, saris and scarves and selling them as unique products helped this group of artists begin the Cholamandal Artists Village way back in 1965-66.”
University of Arkansas: Wastewater Toolbox Launched to Help Textile Industry Improve Wastewater Footprint. “The Sustainability Consortium, founded by the University of Arkansas and the University of Arizona in 2012, has launched a Wastewater 101 Toolbox to help the textile industry learn about the causes, impact and treatment of wastewater. This free online resource will help manufacturers, retailers and brands improve their wastewater footprint and help the producers of clothing and textiles have a lesser effect on people and the planet’s resources.”
PR Newswire: Farm Journal Launches First Hemp Industry Database (PRESS RELEASE). “Over the past 50 years, Farm Journal has become the trusted partner in agricultural data and today manages more than 4.1 million continuously updated records. Farm Journal’s ownership of 15 leading web-based platforms and its holistic view of the agri-food value chain provides data partners with a clear and accurate picture of new and emerging agricultural landscapes. This expertise has led to the construction of a multi-sourced hemp database. This first-of-its-kind data set includes information from state and federal licensee files and other industry sources such as hemp growers, processors, transporters, seed companies, educators and farm managers. “
Google Blog: Jacquard and Google Arts and Culture weave tech into art . “Words that appear out of white tapestries. Music that streams out of black fabric. A mysterious blue cloth-draped spiral that guides you with light and sound. It may sound like a fantasy novel, but these are real works of art made possible with Jacquard by Google. Combining advanced hardware and software technology with textile and manufacturing know-how, Jacquard helps designers make digital experiences out of everyday objects.”
Footwear News: How Digitizing Material Swatches Can Save Both Money and the Environment. “Some brands like Adidas and Rothy’s are making shoes out of recycled plastic. Others are turning to wine corks and organic cotton. As sustainability initiatives are accelerating throughout the footwear industry, experts suggest that there is still a lot of waste and inefficiency in the sourcing and production process. As a result, many companies are embracing digital solutions that allow them to explore materials without searching through pages of swatch books. With digitization, fewer samples need to be made and distributed from the outset; only the final selection of fabrics needs to be looked at in person.”
Ecotextile News: Online map of global apparel factories goes live. “The latest version of an ambitious textile sector-specific online transparency tool is now live. The launch of the Open Apparel Registry (OAR) comes after months of consultation and alterations following the digital platform’s beta release back in in October 2018.” I did mention this back in October but it’s nice to see it’s out of beta.
Artsy: Lessons from the Afghan Women Who Weave Modern War into an Ancient Tradition. “Despite decades of war, ancient pattern techniques that can take months or years to complete are still passed from mother to daughter. Testimony from the makers of these carpets is difficult to obtain, as many of these works remain unattributed, and the female weavers lack easy access to modes of international communication. But the largest online archive of Afghan war rugs, maintained by New York–based artist Kevin Sudeith, offers information and an online store. Still, the weavers’ authorship is often lost when these works go to market, yet their masterful compositions reveal a dark humor and complex commentary on contemporary life.” If you decide to visit the Web site, go to the “Index of Rugs” to browse the various styles.
Ecotextile: World’s first free digital map of apparel factories. “The beta version of an ambitious new online tool aims to help consumers find out exactly where their clothes are made – by eventually identifying every apparel facility worldwide.”
Houston Community College: HCC’s Historical Fashion Archive goes digital to meet 21st Century student needs. “Jeweled shoes from the 1700s. Fragile dresses from the 1800s. Avant Garde designer clothing from the 1900s. These are just a few of the historic garments now viewable in never-before-seen photographs on a new searchable website created by Houston Community College with a $25,000 grant from the Texas State Libraries and Archive Commission.”
New-to-me, from The Wilson Post: Antique Southern furniture sleuth. “The Southern furniture historian said the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts is ‘the largest collection of Southern-made material culture in the world and is concentrated on the American South and includes furniture, paintings, metal works, textiles, pottery and some architecture.’…The museum was established in 1965, and its entire collection may be viewed online.”
Virginia Tech: University Libraries receives grant to preserve history of company town Fries, Virginia. “The University Libraries’ Special Collections department received a $68,722 grant to preserve and make accessible decades of materials that tell the complex story of Fries, Virginia, and its textile mill.”
Herald Scotland: Major Harris Tweed industry archive to go online. “ITS devotees include pop veteran Madonna, former Dr Who Matt Smith and actress Gwyneth Paltrow. Now an archive containing a wealth of material covering more than 100 years of the history of the unique Harris Tweed industry has been opened up for people to view online.” The story did not have an URL on it, so I did some poking around and found this.